Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - My Uncle, J D Bynum

This is my uncle J D's marker in  Highland Park Cemetery, Borger, Hutchinson County, Texas, USA.

 J D was never married and had no children so I am attempting to fill in his life story so that his service and life will not be forgotten.

I only remember meeting uncle J D once on a family trip to Texas when I was about 12 years old, even then he kept to himself.  My mother says that he never married because he was afraid he would end up hurting his bride.  He was often angry and those who did not know him thought he was "disturbed".  He probably suffered from what we now call Posttraumatic stress disorder.

I only have a few pieces of information so far documenting J D's life.  First is the listing from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Nationwide Gravesite Locator.  The second is his entry from the SSDI.  The third is his obituary, which is below.

BORGER - J.D. Bynum, 79, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Highland Park Cemetery with the Rev. Leonard Forsythe, pastor of Bible Baptist Church, officiating. Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Directors.

Mr. Bynum was a native of Childress and a resident of Borger for 76 years. He was a deliveryman with local lumber yards and was a Baptist. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army Air Corps.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Viola Bynum; and a sister, Jessie Bynum in 2001.

Survivors include a brother, Donald Bynum of Pampa; and four sisters, Frances Musgraves of Borger, Kay Perry of Lamar, Mo., Betty Flemming of Azle and Ann Darnell of California.

Amarillo Globe-News, Feb. 3, 2002
   (Link to obituary)

I am in the process of locating J D's military file.  This may prove difficult as he still has a brother and sisters that are his "next of kin".  I have lost touch with them over the years and even when I was in contact with them, they were not interested in helping me to preserve the family history.  I'll keep you posted if I manage to obtain his military records.

Thank you to my twitter friends that helped me with my WWII record questions and a special thank you to Thomas for the extra help!

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