Brad Walker Bynum
Brad, a minister of long standing and the current administrator of a skilled nursing facility in Crestview, Florida, died unexpectedly on Sunday, January 25th, while running in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
Brad is survived by his mother, Martha Bynum; his wife Lori, his children Justin (Bryanna), Jeff and Ben Bynum; his brother Darden (Carol); his sister Anna Johnson (Jimmy); nephews Bradley, Cameron, Grant (Lois), Jake, Luke, Will, Cain, and niece Brenna; and his grandchildren, Sam and Darcy Bynum. He is predeceased by his father Clyde Bynum.
Brad was born at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio on November 4th, 1954 to Clyde and Martha Bynum. He graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 1972, earned his BSW from Florida State University in 1977 and received a Masters in Old Testament Theology from Abilene Christian University. For 32 years, he served in various churches as a minister in the Church of Christ, (editors note - including the Orlando Church of Christ), and most recently as Administrator of the Crestview Rehabilitation Center.
Brad married Lori Gilmore, his high school sweetheart and the love of his life on January 5, 1979. They welcomed three sons and two grandchildren into their warm and loving family. Brad was a devoted husband, father and grandfather "Papa". He was an avid runner, and loved our beautiful beaches and emerald waters. In the past few years,Brad served our community in many capacities, including Chaplain of the Sheriff's Department, blessing the Destin Fishing Fleet, and as a member of the Fort Walton Beach Historical Committee. Additionally, he helped turn the vision of the Hope Medical Clinic, which today provides medical care for the needy and working uninsured, into a reality. Brad loved God with all his heart and devoted his life to serving others.
Humble, kind, and with an infectious smile, Brad was beloved by all who were fortunate to have him enter their life.
A viewing will be held at the McLaughlin Funeral Home on Chestnut Avenue in Fort Walton Beach from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, January 30th. The funeral service is scheduled for 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 31st at the Destin Church of Christ, at 150 Beach Drive in Destin. Flowers may be sent to the McLaughlin Funeral Home. Should you wish to make a donation, the family requests your support of the Hope Medical Clinic, located at 150 Beach Drive, Destin, FL 32541.
Viewing: Friday, January 30, 2015
17 Chestnut Avenue Southeast, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Time: 5-7 pm Central Time
Funeral: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Destin Church of Christ
150 Beach Drive
Destin, FL 32541
Time: 2 pm Central Time
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