Charles Bynum

b. 1924


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Bynum-Garig Scholarship Fund

The scholarship fund was kicked off at the 2009 family reunion.  We raised $124.00 in our first fund-raising effort ($119.50 with the 50/50 raffle + $4.50 in donations).  If you are interested in serving on the Scholarship committee, please contact Cheryl Wooten at  Put on your thinking caps and help suggest ways we can increase the fund to help our students.


CHARLES BYNUM, a.k.a. “Lil" Man” or "Padhah" to those in West Baton Rouge and as “Mr. Charlie” to those in Plaquemine. He was the seventh child born to Charles and Mary Garig Bynum on July 19, 1923. The first Sunday in June 1962 Charlie got baptized at Saint Mark Baptist Church, and soon became a deacon and served until his death on Wednesday, April 9, 1997.

He was married to Helen Walker for 50 years. To this union nine (9) children were born; Charlie Bynum of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Sherman, Sherlyn, Janice Dempsey, Mary Helen, of Plaquemine, Louisiana, Deborah Boudreaux of Addis, Louisiana, Jerelyn Thornton and Stacey Wilson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and David Bynum (deceased); sixteen grandchildren, Winfield Bynum, Leroy Hamilton, Jr., Jessica M. Hamilton, Nacaska B. Jones, DeQuincy Bynum, Lonique Dempsey, David J. Breaud, Everett Skidmore, Jr., Brandon Bynum, Brittney Bynum, D’Angela Dempsey, Aldren Thornton, Sr., Courtney T. Breaud, Julius Williams, Alexis Skidmore and Angelic Williams.

Charlie was employed at Godchaux Sugar Refinery for 43 years. When he was working, he lived in Reserve, Louisiana, and came home on the weekends to his family.

On Saturday’s he would load his truck or car up with his wife and children, and off to Brusly or Lukeville to one family member’s house or the other.  At Aunt Edna house, we always ate sweet potatoes pies and tea cakes; At Uncle Jack house, we sat around and talked or played with his children; Aunt Beck’s house is where we had to use our manners because Bobbie was going to make us listen; At Aunt Blanche’s house he would make the children believe he could make money; At Aunt Doll’s house he would leave us to play with Kathy, Jean, Lynn and the Askins girls - we would play and fight.  Aunt Doll never fussed or spanked us, she just would tell us "no more fighting."  At Mommee’s house we would just sit there until the adults finished talking and then Uncle Ernest would question all of us;  When Uncle Pepper would visit Louisiana, he and Charlie would talk all day and night.

During crawfish season he got a sack of crawfish just about every weekend and we had to clean them along with him; when we after finished, he started making crawfish bisque. He enjoyed eating watermelons, crawfish, tea cake, and drinking butter milk.

Charlie’s house was the neighborhood house where all the children in the neighborhood would be found there. During the Christmas holiday he would dress up in his Santa Claus suit and ride around the neighborhood waving at everyone.

Our mother was the parent who told us “yes” or “no” and he always said, “ask Helen.” Charlie spoiled all of his grandchildren, and they learned a lot from him. He taught his grandsons how to make pecan candy. There is one thing that we all learned from him; if someone asked you for something to eat, never tell them no because you don’t know if they are really hungry.

Our memories of our Father will always be with us, our Family and Friends.

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