Memorial services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 28 at West Main Baptist Church for Walter H. Bynum of Lakewood, California.
Mr. Bynum, 95, passed away on June 18, 2018 at his home.
Pastor Jason Kraft will officiate at the service. Cremation has taken place.
Walter was born on March 21, 1923 in Otis, New Mexico; the son of Richard L. and Ela Leslie (Davis) Bynum. On June 20, 1943 he married Virgie Lea Holley in Artesia, NM. She preceded him in death on October 2, 2001.
Walter graduated from Artesia High School and came back to be a teacher and coach after he graduated college at Hardin-Simmons University. Mr. Bynum coached the Bulldogs to their first State Championship in 1957. He taught at Artesia High School for 11 years. He served in the United States Army Air Corp during WWII and was a member of the 449th Bomber Group. The Bynum's moved to California in September 1963. In California he taught and coached at Rolling Hills High School for 33 years. After retiring he volunteered on his daughter's Tumble Bus which was a mobile gymnastics program. He loved sports, he loved his grandchildren and pets and all animals. Walter enjoyed reading the Sunday comics and writing letters and for enjoyment sharing stories of his travels abroad.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Jimmy Bynum and Leroy Bynum.
Survivors include his daughters Judy Carpenter of Knoxville, TN and Rayma Powers of Lakewood, CA; brother Bill Bynum of Roswell, NM; 3 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
I was sorry to learn of Coach's passing after returning from a trip. He was always someone our family looked forward to seeing. Coach was one of the best Bulldog fans that I have known. He made a positive difference in the lives of many people.
Cooper HendersonArtesia, NM
On behalf of the 449th Bomb Group Association we are sad to hear of the passing of a true hero, thank you for your sacrifice you did for our country.
Tad GarnerDenver, CO
Your father was one of the most generous men we have ever met. He was always lending a hand to others and reaching out when they were in need. We know that no matter where you are, he will always be watching over you. When you speak of him, speak not with tears, for thoughts of him should not be sad. Let memories of the times you shared give you comfort, for his life was rich because of you.
Mike and Helen MurdockMesquite, TX
Judy,Rayma and Bill, our sympathy is with each one of you, you all were blessed with such a remarkable father,grandfather,friend and husband.. The class reunion in 2012,your Dad and my husband Larry had such a great visit. He still talks about it...your Dad was loved by so many,and he showed his love to all. He was met by a beautiful angel,your Mom...know now,he is well....love you all,Serena and Larry Fernau
Serena FernauShow Low, AZ
We are so sorry to hear of Walt's passing--here at the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center, he was known as "The See's Candy Man" because he sent us big boxes of See's Candy (the best in the world) a couple of times. What a sweet gentleman he was. I will eat a piece of candy in his honor!
Nancy DunnArtesia, NM
So sad yo hear of the passing of Mr. Bynum. He was a great algebra teacher when i was in 9th grade and coach before i graduated in 55. Enjoyed seeing him at the vlass reunions. Condolences to the family.
Peggy Hanna BoarmanWilliamsburg, VA
Dear cousins family: It is sad to know we will not be hearing from Walter anymore, but so glad he was able to live such a full life and to know when he breathed his last he can say 'Well done!' He was an inspirational influence on many in his coaching activity and remembered fondly. He was a good cousin and I remember him fondly. Love from Imogene
Imogene LeeRoswell, NM
A very fine man that got his job well done with true peaceful ways. God Bless You Coach.
Jim H. MadridSanta Cruz/Espanola, NM
To Judy, Rayma, and Bill: Such sorrow to think that the bright light that Walter was is gone. He always brought energy and happiness with him . He was so positive about everything that it brought me great joy just to be around him. Love to you all in the days ahead without hiim. Love you, Janie
Janie Lee HammonsColleyville/Alto, TX
Dearest family of Coach Bynum.
Our sincere sympathy and prayers for each of you. What an honor to have known this distinguished man. His service to his God, our country, and to his family are so admirable. God give each of you strength. What a reunion there is and will be for him to see his family, his beloved wife and all of his team members. God go with each of you, till we meet again.
Carrie and Norm FooteChapin, SC
We are so sorry for your great loss. We pray Gods Comfort, and Blessings for you.
Curtis TeelArtesia, NM
Rest in Peace Coach, you have earned it. We all will miss you
Ken & Delma IngramArtesia, NM