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Mrs. Frenchye Mason Bynes - SAVANNAH - Mrs. Frenchye Mason Bynes, 89, died Saturday, May 26, 2012 after a brief illness. She was a native of Jackson, MS. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Henderson Business College. Mrs. Bynes was the widow of Frank H. Bynes, Sr., and owner and President of Bynes-Royall Funeral Home, Inc., the oldest Black owned funeral home in the United States. Mrs. Bynes was a Deaconess of St. John Baptist Church, The Mighty Fortress, the Georgia Funeral Services Practitioners' Association, Inc., the National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association, Inc., Lifetime member of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People, the Wolverines and the Mutualettes. She was the recipient of numerous awards and honors which include her most recent; 2008 honorary Co-Chair for The Big Show Savannah, 2007 Spirit of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006 the 50 year membership Recognition Award from the National Funeral Directors and Morticians, 2005 Outstanding Business Legacy Award of West Broad Street given by the Savannah Chapter of Links; 2004 Grand Marshall for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade and the Community Spirit Award from the 100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of Hospice Savannah, Inc., Carver State Bank and the Wesley Community Center. Mrs. Bynes also served on the Tax Equalization Board of Chatham County. Survivors include four children: daughter, Olga B. Bland; son, Dr. Frank H. (Gayle) Bynes, Jr.; daughters, Frenchye (Carey) Jones all of Savannah and Lisa (Anthony) Reid of Atlanta, twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Esther Anderson of Jackson, MS and Lorraine Nash of Detroit, MI; two sisters-in-law, Marjorie Bynes and Olga W. Ivey of Oxnard, CA; one brother-in-law, Solomon (Iva) Bynes, Sr., of Atlanta. Visitation will be held 7:00-9:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at the St. John Baptist Church.. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 31, 2012 at St. John Baptist Church, The Mighty Fortress, 522-526 Hartridge Street, Dr. George P. Lee, III, Pastor Rev. Matthew Southall Brown, Sr., Eulogist. Interment: Laurel Grove Cemetery. Bynes-Royall Funeral Home bynesroyallfuneralhome.com Savannah Morning News May 29, 2012 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries

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Published in Savannah Morning News from May 27 to May 29, 2012.
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May 25, 2020
She was like a mother to me.
James Baker
Friend
July 7, 2012
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs Bynes, she was a legend, and pioneer in the funeral industry. May God bless you and give the family strength.
Kerfoot Lewis
July 7, 2012
May God continue to strengthen you as you start your new beginning without your mother. May his grace which passes all understanding comfort and keep you, and give you peace. (55th NFDMA President)
Joseph Cutchins, Jr.
July 6, 2012
I have precious memories of Frenchye. Met her in the early 70's via the NFD&MA conventions.....a friendship that lasted over many years. Enjoyed her conversations and quick sense of humor. My prayers are with you, Family. Teddy Lee (the Mortician Magician). Lee's Funeral Home, LLC, White Plains, NY
Teddy Lee
June 12, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Easter B Tubman-Chinn
June 4, 2012
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
M. Lucas
June 4, 2012
To Jimmy and Family,
Offering our sympathy and prays.May God peace comfort and strenghthen you through this time of grief.
Ronnie & Gloria Wells
June 4, 2012
Bynes Family,

The Lord...has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead! -Ruth 2:20
Mrs. Bynes has been blessed now she's at rest. She will be missed.
Edna Beaufort & Cinnamon Dowdy
June 2, 2012
Mama, I miss you dearly. Back in 1994 when I 1st met her, I will never forget her words she spoke to me when she found out I didnt have no family in Savannah & my husband was stationed at Hunter, Mrs. Bynes told me "Im your Mother away from home". She truly embraced me like a loving mother. I will miss talking to you & seeing your smiling face Mama Bynes. I love you always. Rest in Peace & Love Mama....
Chris Joseph-Smith
June 2, 2012
To the Bynes family. Our hearts go out to all of you. Your family and ours have been close for a lot of years. All of you will always be in our prayers. Edward Williams,Bill Chisholm and Anthony Gadsden
Edward Williams
June 1, 2012
Thank you Bynes family. I still remember how nice you all were to us while we lived in Savannah. Aunt Frenchye and Uncle Frank treated us like gold. Will always love you guys.
---Kenneth Alexander
June 1, 2012
To the Bynes Family - May God grant you peace during this very sad time. Also, may you find comfort in the wonderful memories Of Mrs. Bynes.

Malone (Donna) Oliver, Savannah, Ga.
Jackie (Fred) Oliver Tyson, Pooler, Ga.
LaVerne (Roger) Oliver Howard, Lithonia, Ga.
LaVerne Howard
June 1, 2012
MS FRENCHYE WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED, HER KINDNESS AND COMFORT TO OTHER'S IN THE SAV'H COMMUNITY WILL LIVE ON IN MANY HEARTS FOR A LIFE TIME.MAY GOD GIVE THE BYNES FAMILY PEACE AT THIS TIME.
GEORGI B MITCHELL
June 1, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
THE BARNES FAMILY
June 1, 2012
Ms Frenchye was a jewel of the NFDMA, Ted's Mortuary L.A. California
Ted Felder
June 1, 2012
Sorry to hear about your mother. Asking God to give strenght at this time. Stay strong in the Lord.
Ms.Corrye Sheppard
May 31, 2012
Dear Frenchye,
I am so sadden to hear about the lost of your mother. Me & My family will keep you & your family in our prayers and may GOD good Grace continue to strenghten you all during your weakest moment. We love & appreciate you much!
Cherlyn Haynes
May 31, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Corletta Hardy
May 31, 2012
To the Bynes Family,
On Behalf of the Adeyemo Family, we send our condolences and our sympathies to you on the loss of Mrs. Bynes. Grandma Bynes, as the children call her, was like family to us; she adopted them as her grandchildren. She has touched our lives in more ways than we can count. She will be greatly missed but we will continue to cherish the memories we have of her. God's peace and comfort during this time. God Bless.
The Adeyemo Family
May 31, 2012
To Frenchye and Family,

May the thoughts of sympathy help to ease your pain at this difficult time.
Nadine Jones
May 31, 2012
I will always love you ma bynes rest in peace
Yvette Lyles
May 31, 2012
Frenchie I'm sorry to hear that your mother pass away. I pray that the lord will guide you at this time in you life. God has you in his hands.so keep your hands in his.
Priscilla Barnes 'Johnson
May 31, 2012
Dear Bynes Family, My heart grieves for you in the loss of your dear, sweet mother. She was so kind to me and my daughter, April.I will keep you in my prayers. God bless you.
Gail M. Frazier
May 31, 2012
I remember Frenchye's humor which was one of her best assets. She is a legend and an icon in the Bynes-Moore family. We are so proud of all of her accomplishments. She will be greatly missed.
Janice Williams-Scott
May 31, 2012
To: Olga and Family,

Your mom was a  woman extradinare, who effectually modeled the Psalm thirty one composite.  Many warm reflections from our youth include her nurturing, caring and  firm guidance of others around her. Without a doubt she has finished her course here.

 Stay strong in the Lord, family and carry on. She is another victorious example of "steadfastness" in the power, love and comfort of what Jesus can do through a life committed to HIM. Let the world know that her labor was not in vain. Mrs. Frenchye Bynes eulogized well her own legacy.
Dr. Alice Nichols Brown
May 31, 2012
Out thougth and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memones bring you comfort.
Eleanor Low & the Mumber Family
May 31, 2012
Dr. Bynes, may the holy fragrances that are born of the Spirit of God be bestowed upon your Mother as she progresses through all the worlds of God.
Richard C. Morgan, Jr.
May 31, 2012
ToDr.Frank H.BynesJr.and Family,You have my condolences in the death of your mother. Weeping may endure for a night but joy come in the morning.Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal. I PRAY that the Lord will continue to give you peace and strenghtren you in your time of bereavement. Love always B. Lipscomb& family.
Minister Barbara & Bro. William Lipscomb
May 31, 2012
May God's peace be with you and your precious memories sustain you during this time your time of bereavement.
Valeria Reynolds Darby
May 31, 2012
We share your loss of Frenchye Bynes and we share the life of one one who lived fully.
We pray that you will hold to the memories and share the stories with each other so that she will continue to live in your heats.
Rev & Mrs Joseph Hoze
Joseph Hoze
May 31, 2012
May it burn as bright as your personality, you will be sorely missed Grandma
Frenchye Bynes
May 31, 2012
To The Bynes' Family,

So...sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Mrs. Bynes will truly be missed. God bless you!
Stephen & Stephanie Mathis
May 30, 2012
I am so sorry about your loss. Your mother was a special person and I know she loved you very much. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Davida Jones Sharpe
May 30, 2012
To the Bynes Family,
On behalf of the Mayfield Family, please accept our deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts in the loss of a phenomenal woman and iconic visionary. May the comfort of friends and family be your strength now and in the days ahead. Wishing you (all) God's peace.
Sincerely,
Mrs. Johnnie L. Mayfield, Chauncey C. Mayfield, Antoinette Mayfield-Gordy, & John Daryl Mayfield
Dr. Bernadette Mayfield-Clarke
May 30, 2012
To The Bynes Family;
Just know that you have friends that share your the loss. God is still good all the time; and will
Be there when you need him. Remember, to be absent from the body is present with the lord.
Ella Jackson & Family
May 30, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Emmett & Patricia Cummings
May 30, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of sorrow.
Ida B. Wright and Ida W. Sidney
May 30, 2012
To: Bynes family may God give you peace and strength now and days ahead.
Rev.& Mrs. Bernard Johnson, Columbus, Ga.
May 30, 2012
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Ella Jones and Family
May 30, 2012
love you mrs bynes thanks for treating me when i was young like a good freind and showed you kids freind love
romona smalls,coles
May 30, 2012
To the Bynes Family, May God be with you during the hour of your bereavement. Mrs Bynes was always nice and sweet to me when I visit the funeral home.
Larry Myers
May 30, 2012
Dear Bynes family,
We are so sad to hear of Frenchye's passing. We recall the fragrance of tigress perfume, the tousled hairdos and the flowing caftans she used to wear. Mama has been a friend of hers since high school and I remember Lisa from years ago. God bless and keep you during this time. Sincere regards,
Lorraine Greene Parker & Bertha Parker Hudson
Bertha Hudson
May 30, 2012
To the Bynes Family...May beautiful memories fill your heart and sustain you - memories of love and of a life well-lived in service to God and her community. I shall always remember the kindness shown by Mrs. Bynes toward my family during the demise of my father and brother. Keep God close during this time, and He will keep you.

Much Love and Sympathy...
Luci Emerson
May 30, 2012
My your mother was a great woman of God and a pioneer for furthering "the struggle". Her contributions as a Black business woman and civic leader can not be measured. .The torch is now yours Lisa AND FRENCHY II. Be strong in the power of his might because Jehovah God is always with you.(Jeremiah 29:11). I'm so very sorry for your loss!
I'll remember you and your family in my prayers.

Peace be still

Pretty Boy& Family
Gregory Moore
May 30, 2012
To the Bynes Family, "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." May God continue to Bless the family.
Charlie & Leslie Sampson
May 30, 2012
To the Bynes family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of bereavement. May God continue to bless the family.
Eddie & Talisha Sampson
May 30, 2012
dear family we regret the passing of our cousin frenchye.we will always have fond memeries of her visisting us in new jersey, also seeing her at family reunion's.she was a person you loved to be around. may god continue to bless the bynes family. love you all the zimmerman family
ernest zimmerman
May 30, 2012
From one of your cousins. On the Tom & Elizabeth Bynes side of the family. May God be with in this time of grief. Prayers are going up for the family at this time. LOL of Willa
willa james
May 30, 2012
May God comfort the Bynes family in their time of loss. Mrs. Bynes was a great woman.
Zanita Miller
May 30, 2012
To The Bynes Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Jacquelyn Gilliard Duncan and The Gilliard Family.
May 30, 2012
In My Pocket

I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.

My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

But of all the treasures I have, it's the memories of you that are the most precious.

By Lamaretta Simmons
LORRAINE JOHNSON
May 30, 2012
To the Bynes Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you on your time of bereavement. May the joy of the lord be your strength. May he comfort,and give you peace that surpasses all understanding. But most of all, let you know that his love is everlasting.
Mr.Robert & Letonya Reynolds
May 30, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss... our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time...
Ana and Scott Curtis
(Tara's friends from FlightSafety)
May 30, 2012
we are praying for you all.we love love you all.
jerry thompson
May 30, 2012
To the Family of Mrs. Frenchye Bynes

May GOD Bless and Keep You is our Prayer.
May her memory hold you tight until we all meet again.
Mrs. Leitha M. Lawton and Family
May 29, 2012
May God bless and strengthen you today and for years to come. Ponder the precious memories of your mother; we know they will comfort you.
Andrews Funeral Home Harriette Andrews-Douglas
May 29, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Frances and family Lark
May 29, 2012
Our deepest condolences on the loss of our family's inspirational and lovely leading lady. On behalf of the Thomas H. Bynes branch we too are in sympathy, but are also in joy that God has called Frechye home to rest.
Billy Brown
May 29, 2012
While we are saddened by her passing, we can smile knowing that she is at peace and resting in the arms of our Lord. To this wonderful family I extend my sympathy. If love could have kept her here, she would live forever. You are to be commended for the love and care provided to your beautiful mother, grandmother, etc. May God comfort you during this difficult time. Her legacy can't be matched! The Snipes Family.
Carolyn Snipes
May 29, 2012
My condolences for the bynes. Family you had a beautiful mother. Thank God for all the beautiful years he given you all with her. Smile she is watching over all of you.
scott family
May 29, 2012
May God bless and keep you at this difficult time. We loved your mother. She was an awesome women.
James Earl & Florine Baker
May 29, 2012
My condolences go out to The Bynes and Musgrow family. Jimmie, I was saddened to hear of the passing of your grandmother. Mrs Bynes was a very sweet and beautiful person. May God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.
Jackie Greene
May 29, 2012
You will truly be missed,I still have your voice on my answering machine..you were such a wonderful person to everyone you came in contact with, God is bless and pleased to have you in his kingdom..
Leigh Andrews
May 29, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Deborah Bartley
May 29, 2012
keep your head to the sky god bless each and everyone of you i am sorry for your loss sam
May 29, 2012
To the Bynes Family, you have my deepest condolences. I will continue to keep your family in prayer. May God give you all the strength and comfort you need in your time of bereavement. Mrs. Bynes was a beautiful women inside and out. She always reminded me of my grandmother. Edward I am hear if you need someone to talk to.

Shawndell Brown and Family
May 29, 2012
CONDOLENCES AND MUCH LOVE TO ALL AUNT FRENCHYE FAMILY SPECIAL CONFORT TO RALIEGH' CHILDREN. LOVE ARELIA
ARELIA LANGHORNE
May 29, 2012
Dear Bynes Family, Your precious mother and grandmother was truly a dear person. She was always so nice to me and my daughter, April. Mrs. Bynes wore the title "lady" very well. She will be missed. God bless you.
May 29, 2012
To Sister Bland and Family

You are in my Thoughts and Prayers

LOVE,
Sister Gwendolyn Dozier
May 29, 2012
To the family of cousin Frenchye please accept the deepest condolences from the Bynes family of New Jersey and Stone Mountain, Ga. We all loved Frenchye and she will be sorely missed. We love you all and grieve with you.
Samuel Bynes, Jr-Stone Mountain, Ga.
May 29, 2012
Olga, Frenchye, Frank & Lisa,

My most sincere condolences, during your time of bereavement. How I remember the days of running around there with Olga, as a child. I'm happy I spent a few moments with her in 2010, on my visit home. May God hold you in his arms.

Doris Holmes Larry
Atlanta, GA
May 29, 2012
To the family of cousin Frenchie, please accept the deepest condolences from the Bynes family of New Jersey and Stone Mountain, Ga. We all loved Frenchie and she will be sorely missed. We love you all and grieve with you.
Samuel Bynes, Jr-Stone Mountain, Ga.
May 29, 2012
TO THE FAMILY OF MRS.FRENCHYE BYNES:THE FAMILY OF MRS.FRANCES BRIGHT JOHNSON AND TIM AND NORMA GRAYSON,SEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND PRAYS .KEEP THE FAITH GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU!
MRS. FRANCES BRIGHT JOHNSON
May 29, 2012
TO THE BYNES FAMILY, WE THE HARRELL-HART FAMILY EXTEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO YOU IN YOUR TIME OF BEREAVEMENT. MRS. FRENCHYE WAS A HUMOROUS, SWEET WONDERFUL WOMAN OF GOD! HER LEGACY WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE ON!
MISSIONARY BETTY A. HARRELL-HART AND FAMILY
MISSIONARY BETTY A HARRELL-HART
May 29, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Sylathia Bynes
May 29, 2012
May God Bless our family during this difficult time. May He give everyone the strength they will need to go through this.I pray that we will be strong and allow all the wonderful memories help us to carry on. Love Always Family
Ms. Hazel Bynes-Hall andFamily
May 29, 2012
Her kindness to all that met her during their time of sorrow will always be a honored memory. I pray for peace and comfort for her family.

Joyce B. Jones
May 29, 2012
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Eddie Sweat
May 29, 2012
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Stephanie Hall-Hunter and Family
May 29, 2012
I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. She was a wonderful person filled with great joy and laughter.
Karin Ward
May 29, 2012
I pray for the comfort of this beauitful family, we all loved her.from Sally & Leroy Stanley and family.
sally stanley
May 28, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Geraldine Williams
May 28, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Samuel -Harper
May 28, 2012
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Earlyn&Thomas Simmons
May 28, 2012
Condolences from our family to yours. Psalms116:15
Matthew & Winifred
Family
Mr. & Mrs. Jones
May 28, 2012
I thank the Lord for you. Your love and kindness will never ever be forgotten. Thank you for your smile. Thank you for your words of encouragement. You were a gift from GOD!. Family, I pray the peace of God for you and let the peace of God rule in your hearts. God Bless you and keep you this is my prayer, family!
Love, Donna McCoy Conyers
May 28, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Carolyn Snider
May 28, 2012
During this time of transition, may the peace of the Lord be with the Bynes family. Mrs. Bynes was a great loving and compassionate woman. She was truly an iconic figure in Savannah. The love that she shared with us all will always resonate in my mind and spirit forever. Her caring and magnanimous spirit will transcend her physical being. Again, may the peace of the Lord that transcends all understanding comfort the Bynes family during this time of change.
Jake Johnson
May 28, 2012
Rest in peace my friend. I will never forget you.
Mattie Lewton
May 28, 2012
To the Bynes family our prayers go out to you. For we will all miss Mrs. Bynes, but know you have a guardian Angel watching over you..Her Soul is with us forever.
Ras Lazarus Nazari
May 27, 2012
my prayers are with you. the wall family.
colline wall
May 27, 2012
To the Bynes Family: Heaven has gained an angel. Mrs. Bynes will be truly missed. May God comfort you in your sorrow.
Sheryl Howard-Fields
May 27, 2012
To the bynes family I am sorry to hear of the death of your mother she was a close friend of my aurnt cherry and to me she was bynes-royall funeral home.She will truly be missed.
ROSA L DARBY
May 27, 2012
May the Lord bless, comfort and keep your family during this difficult time. Mrs. Frenchye was (is) truly a Queen! She will be missed by all who knew her and had the pleasure of being in her presence. God bless.
Melanie T.
May 27, 2012
To Olga, Frank, Frenchye, and Lisa; May your mother's life be honored by all she loved, May her memory be cherished for all she gave. May your heart be comforted by all you shared. Aunt Frenchye was a woman of joy and she shared joy and celebrations with those she loved. Lydia, Joe, Vera & Joey Young
Lydia S. Young
May 27, 2012
To The Bynes family, May God give you Peace, comfort and endurance, during this time of your bereavement.
Francina Gilbert
May 27, 2012
you have our deepest sympathy and may God be with in your time of bereavement,Deacon and sister Levon and johnnie M. Murphy
May 27, 2012
My mother will be deeply missed. I thank God for the time we shared with her. Coming next door to eat some poke in beans with us. God makes no mistakes. He came and took His Rose home.
May 27, 2012
Frenchye and the Bynes family,

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy and prayers during your time of bereavement. May God's grace and mercy comfort your family.

The Franklin family,
Barbara, Theresa, Jackie, Clarence and Riley
Clarence Franklin
May 27, 2012
To the Bynes Family,

May the Lord of grace grant you comfort, courage, and strength as you travel through this season of transition. Sis. Frenchye was (is) a beautiful spirit and her wonderfully colorful personality and wit will be cherished always. We are also grateful for the enormous contributions and expressions of love that have been made to this community through her guidance and direction. Family, please know that you are in our prayers.

Dr. and Mrs.Matthew M. Odum
Temple of Glory Community Church
Savannah, Georgia
Matthew Odum
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