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James Thomas Bynum Sr.

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James Thomas Bynum Sr.

SNOW HILL — James Thomas Bynum Sr., 87, of Snow Hill, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at John B. Parsons Home in Salisbury.

He was born March 2, 1924, in Latimer County, Okla., a son of the late William Charles Bynum and Artie Marie (Harris) Boone.

Mr. Bynum started his military service with the Seabees before proudly serving his country in the Navy during World War II. He started his work with NASA as an aerospace engineering technician at the Chincoteague missile base. From there he transferred to the Indian Head missile base before moving back to the Shore to finish his 30-year career at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Wallops Island. He loved traveling to go to antique car shows and cruise-ins, and working in his vegetable garden. He cherished time spent with his family at weekend dinners and cookouts.

He is survived by four children, James Thomas Bynum Jr. and his wife, Holly, of Pittsville, Linda Kaye Donoway of Girdletree, Teresa Belle Schnepel and her husband, Stephen, of Girdletree and Stephen Charles Bynum and his wife, Jo Ellen, of Girdletree; seven grandchildren, Lisa R. Donoway of Salisbury, Jessica Mae Bynum of Sterling, Va., James Thomas Bynum III of Pittsville, Stephen E. Schnepel of Girdletree, and Helen Elizabeth Bynum, Victoria Grace Bynum and Margaret Annelise Bynum, all of Girdletree; a great-grandson, James Thomas Bynum IV of Pittsville; two half-sisters, Mary Elizabeth Schwindt of Timken, Kan., and Linda Sue Boone of Hays, Kan.; and three sisters-in-law, Pauline Laws, Betty West and Mary West, all of Snow Hill. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret West Bynum, who passed in 2002; a sister, Dorothy Bynum Hooper; a son-in-law, Richard Donoway; a stepfather, Wayne G. Boone; and a good buddy from his Navy days, Lavearn Weichmann.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, from 1-2 p.m. at Spence Baptist Church in Snow Hill, followed by a graveside service in Spence Baptist Church Cemetery. Pastor Kenneth Elligson will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Spence Baptist Church, 4824 Paw Paw Creek Road, Snow Hill, Md. 21863.

Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Published in The Daily Times on Nov. 22, 2011
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