Hetty Jo Tucker Bynum beloved wife and mother went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 4, 2012.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in First Baptist Church Chapel with Dr. Howard K. Batson and the Rev. Chester O’Brien officiating. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery. A memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 8, 2012 in Ware Living Center in the upstairs dining room with Alan Williamson officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Hetty Jo was born on May 30, 1924, in Burkburnett, Texas to Alva Josephine Huey Tucker and James Howard (Bud) Tucker. Her grandfathers J. T. Huey and C. S. Tucker were two of thirteen founding families of Wichita Falls, Texas. The Huey family came to Texas by wagon train from Tennessee and donated land for a school and park, Huey Elementary School, in Wichita Falls.
Hetty Jo moved with her parents from Earlsboro, Oklahoma at age 10 to Pampa, Texas. At age 14, she began working in her father’s bakery, Puritan Bakery, one of the first commercial bakeries in Pampa. She was walking home from the bakery when the huge dust storm hit Pampa in April 1935.
She graduated from Pampa High School in 1944. Moved to Oklahoma City, Ok and worked at Armour’s Meat Packing in the Bacon Dept. as a boxer.
She married I. R. (Dick) Bynum on September 23, 1951 at Pampa First Baptist Church. They moved from Oklahoma City to Amarillo in the spring of 1952.
She worked at Blackburn Bro’s Dept. Store as head cashier from 1968 until retirement in 1986. Then she assisted her husband with his Trailways Tour Office.
Hetty Jo supported her husband in various church and community services. She worked as Sunday school director at Pierce Street Baptist Church and Trinity Baptist Church. She was also active in W.M.U., served as teacher for G. A.’s, Children’s Primary Choir, and Vacation Bible School. She was a member of F.B.C. and Hephzibah Sunday School class. She had strong faith in God, was a faithful prayer warrior and a helpmate to her husband.
She enjoyed extensive travels with her family and friends in U. S. and abroad. She loved sewing, crafts, floral arranging, reading, holidays and family gatherings.
Hetty Jo was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, I. R. and Hattie Lee Bynum; husband, I. R. (Dick) Bynum; sisters, Bonnie Grissom of Colorado and Marilyn Marie Haluska of New York; brother, Jimmie Tucker of Pampa; niece, Jamie Kathleen Tucker; brothers-in-law, John Miller, LeRoy Thomas, Carlos Grissom, Phillip Bynum, Elmer Bynum, Ralph Bynum; sister-in-law, Amy Bynum; and nephews, Joe Howard Grissom, Rocky Bynum and Ricky Bynum.
The family wishes to thank nurse Vanessa and staff at Ware Nursing Home and BSA Hospice nurse Wendy for their care of our mom.
She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Gregg and Liz Bynum of Amarillo; daughter, Bonita Blackstock of Amarillo; granddaughter and husband, Heather and Brian Bailey of Amarillo; great-grandchildren, Graham Richardson Bailey and Anna Elise Bailey of Amarillo; sisters, Patsy Ruth Thomas of Joliet, IL and Dolores June Miller of Littleton, CO; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joseph and Nita Bynum of Spearman; CloAnn Bynum of Dumas; Paul and Julie Bynum of Silsbee, TX; Gene Bynum; Beth and Gary Westberry of Adel, Georgia; and Frankie Herman of Miami, TX; Bob Haluska of New York; Janice Tucker of Pampa; and 21 nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials be to Texas Lions Children’s Camp, 4100 Memorial Blvd., Kerrville, Texas 78028; High Plains Food Bank, PO Box 31803, Amarillo, TX 79120; or to Amarillo Salvation Army, 400 S. Harrison St., Amarillo, TX 79101-1442.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at the funeral home.