Alvis Bynum

Obituary of Alvis Jesse Bynum

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Alvis Jesse Bynum, 77, husband, of Marjorie Fleming Bynum of 53 years, passed away April 19th at his home surrounded by his family after a brief illness. Born on September 9, 1937 in Sumter, he was the youngest son of the late Esther Clarke Bynum and William Edwards Bynum. He graduated from Edmunds High School in1955 and Wofford College in 1959 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics. At Wofford he was a member of tennis team and Kappa Alpha fraternity. He worked at The National Bank of South Carolina before going to work at Cities Supply Company. He became President of the Company and spent 27 years there. Alvis was an avid tennis player and could be found on the courts several times a week. He served as President of the Sumter Rotary Club and the Sumter YMCA. He was a board member of the Salvation Army, United Way, Sumter Historical Society, Sumter National Bank, Community Bankshares, and The Oaks Retirement Community. The Sumter Rotary Club recognized Alvis as the 2005 Rotarian of the year. He was also a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. In 1994 he was named the Sumter Family YMCA Humanitarian of the year. He was a lifelong member of Trinity UMC, where he served as Chairman of the Administrative Board, Lay Leader, as well as many other leadership roles in the Church. He is survived by his wife of Sumter; son Al Bynum and wife Susan of Columbia S.C, daughter Grace Kelley and husband Roby of Sumter; son Chris Bynum and wife Tina of Greenville S.C, and his brother Henry Clarke Bynum and his wife Pat of Sumter. “Daddy B” as his grandchildren knew him is also survived by 7 grandchildren; Jesse and Brittany Bynum, Wilson, Catherine and Bynum Kelley, Taylor and Alison Bynum, his sister in law, Anna Bynum of Sumter. He was preceded in death by his sister, May Bynum Sharp, and his brother William Edwards Bynum. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, April 21st, at Trinity United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Steve Holler and Rev. Dr. Reginald Thackston officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be Phil Edwards, Julian Frazier, Davis Green, Dan Lyles, Gene Patterson, Bill Price, members of the Boyle Bible Class, members of the Mount Vernon Coffee Club, and members of the Sumter Rotary Club. The Family will receive friends following the service in the Church Fellowship Hall. Private burial will be held at Sumter Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 226 W. Liberty Street, Sumter, SC 29150 or a charity of one’s choice. On-line condolences may be sent to Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home and Crematory, 221 Broad St. 803-775-9386.