Rev. Hoyt Bynum, Sr., was born to the union of the late Rev. Ben and Lola Bell Bynum on April 10, 1945, in Portersville, Alabama.
After confessing Christ at an early age he became a full member of the Mount Lebanon Baptist Church where he served for many years. Rev. Bynum knew God was calling him to higher heights and it was in his early twenties that he was ordained first as a Deacon and later a Minister at First Baptist Church of the Douglas Community. Shortly after, God bestowed upon him the mantle of Leadership. He accepted his first assignment as Pastor in 1976 at Shiloh Baptist Church in Centre, Alabama.
Rev. Bynum has led several churches in his over forty years of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They include: Shiloh Baptist Church, mentioned above, Friendship Baptist Church of Attalla, Alabama, Saint Paul Baptist Church of Albertsville, Alabama and he completed his last earthly assignment at First Baptist Church of the Douglas Community in Fort Payne, Alabama, where he has served for over a decade.
In addition to serving as Pastor, he has led the community with the Grace of God serving as a Board member for the Community Action Agency and an active member of Mason Lodge.
Rev. Bynum, known around town simply as Hoyt, met no strangers. This was largely due to growing up in a large household. He knew everyone and everyone knew him. He could often be seen entering Western Sizzlin’ and seating himself. The waitresses all knew him and the management didn’t mind. He would tell them if the food was “off” that day. They would only smile and nod in agreement. That’s just the kind of man he was.
Rev. Bynum never lost his love of God’s creations. Retiring after 31 years from Goodyear Tire, Inc at the age of 51, he could often be seen on the family farm. He loved gazing upon the 100 acre property often challenging his grandchildren to find the property line. He was a sitting board member of the Alabama Cattleman Association, a Lifetime of Farming and Livestock committee member, and an Advisor for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The bible tells us to-study to show thyself approved and Rev. Bynum did just that. After graduating from Gregory High School at the age of 16, he attended Barber College at Howard College extension in Gadsden, Alabama. He later attended the University of Bible Institute in Brunswick, Georgia, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sanford University in Birmingham, and received his certification to serve as Dean in the area of Christian Education and is certified in Leadership training. He garnered many other licenses and certifications over the years in the areas of professional services.
Rev. Bynum loved his family. He didn’t mind telling you about the accomplishments of his children, that is until his grandchildren came along. Most recently his great grandchildren became his highlights. He often proclaimed “the Bynum legacy lives on”.
The constant joy of his life was found in his lovely wife Dorothy whom he affectionately called “Tiger”. Dorothy was by his side waiting patiently as he spoke to everyone along the way. She was with him leading the community and she never left his side when he needed her the most.
Rev. Hoyt Bynum was received into eternal rest on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 in his home surrounded by the love of his wife.
He was proceeded in death by his parents Rev. Ben and Lola Bynum and siblings Cicero, Samuel, John, Joseph, Willie Mae, Evelyn, Leila, Gracie, Sylvia and his twin sister Rachel.
Rev. Bynum leaves to cherish his memories a beautiful wife Mrs. Dorothy Robinson Bynum three children; Sharon (Shola) Oyekan, Hoyt (Shawna) Bynum, Jr., and DeShannon (David) Dixon.
Seven grandchildren: Cameron (Promise), Jessica (Dominique), SheKeena, Zion, Caleb, Naomi and Dayvid.
Six Great Grandchildren: TreVon, Camille, Raylen, Ayen, Anya and August.
Brothers: Ben (Evelyn) Bynum and Albert (Bonita) Bynum
Sisters: Bettye Bynum Battle and Lucy Bynum Granderson
Sister in laws: Elizabeth Davis, Betty (Thomas) Dunlap, Patricia Robinson, Sharon Moore
Mother in law: Rachel Robinson
A host of extended family, in-laws, nieces, nephews and special friends.
He was especially close to the leadership team of First Baptist Church of the Douglas Community.