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Wednesday November 7th, 2018
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First Baptist Church
Thursday November 8th, 2018

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Preston Bynum

Preston Bynum, 79, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 31, 2018 at his home in Lakeland, Florida.  He is survived by his wife Ann Bailey of 32 years, six daughters Kerry Hyman and husband Michael, Cathy Culpepper and husband Clint Scrivner, Becky Avery and husband Steve, Candy Phillips and husband Rusty Renfrow, Angela Hayes and husband David, Leasa Souza and husband Bruce, two step daughters Holly Bowles and husband Tom, Heather Vaughn and husband Richard, a sister Judy Colwell and husband Roger.  Preston has ten grandchildren Samantha, Sarah, Christian, Caroline, Hunter, Grant, Ella, Caleigh Shea, Ellie, and Avery.  He also has three great-grandchildren.

Preston was born June 8, 1939 in Pryor, OK to his beloved parents Homer and Roma Bynum.  He grew up in Siloam Springs, AR and was a graduate of SSHS class of 1957.  Preston was elected class President 3 years and was known for his athletic ability; lettering in 3 sports all 4 years of his high school career. 

He worked in the family business, Bynum Motor Company, with his father from 1960-1985.  His love of Arkansas and its people led him to a political career.  Preston served on the Siloam Springs City Council and on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce.  Preston then went on to serve in the House of Representatives from 1968-1981; where he was one of the youngest members and at one time the only Republican.  According to his colleagues, Preston was a key contributor in the building of the Republican Party in Arkansas.  There are now over 75 Republican House members.

Bynum left the Legislature to serve as Chief of Staff for Gov. Frank White from 1981-1983.  He then began work for Stephens Inc. as an Investment Banker and Government Relations Advisor.  Preston was their Chief Lobbyist for 13 years.   In 1997, he founded the Phoenix Group where he represented many clients in Government Relations until 2014 when he retired.

Other notable achievements included nine years of service in the National Guard.  From 1983-1995, Preston served as Executive Director of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Arkansas.  In 2011, Preston received the Pioneer Award from the Benton County Republican Party.  He was a founding member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Little Rock, AR.  In 2013, Preston received an Honorary Associates degree of Educational Service from the Northwest Arkansas Community College.  In addition, John Brown University named the Performing Arts Theatre “The Preston Bynum Theatre” in honor of his dedication and public service.

Preston will be remembered for his unique ability to connect to everyone he came into contact with.  He never forgot a name or a face.   As a devoted Christian, we have no doubt he is shaking hands in Heaven today.  

Visitation is November 7, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Backstrom Pyeatte Funeral Home of Siloam Springs. 

Funeral Service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Siloam Springs at 11:00 am on November 8, 2018. Pastor Colby Fulfer will officiate the service with burial being conducted at the Oak Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Siloam Springs.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Preston’s honor to:

Siloam Springs Public School Foundation

C/O Bynum Memorial

P.O. Box 798

Siloam Springs, AR  72761



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Preston was a very good man. I am so sorry, Ann. moved away from Arkansas over 20 years ago and lost touch with you. I knew you at St. Margaret's. Again, I am so sorry.

Lois Barnard Dec 12 2018 12:00 AM

I have such fond memories of Preston and our days working together for Gov White. Preston was always the smiling, caring and faithful friend and public servant. Thinking of you, Ann, and your family with love and sympathy.

Barbara Pardue Nov 13 2018 12:00 AM

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The beloved, gentle giant touched the lives of many people thruout his life. When someone was financially struggling, he reached into his pocket and gave generously. Every year while serving the public, he set aside funds from his own pocket to give to families who had no money to buy Christmas gifts for their kids. He always had a smile on his face and gave a heartfelt welcome to everyone. I am honored to have known him and to have been his friend.

Gwenda Brewer-Brassfield Nov 7 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Preston Bynum

Gwenda Brewer-Brassfield Nov 7 2018 12:00 AM

Judy I'm sending this to you and others of the family.my heart goes out to you Judy I wanted to see you but didn't get to come for the visitation or funeral am praying for you and the whole family love you Judy

Verna ( Mcgarrah) Williams Nov 7 2018 12:00 AM

Judy this is for you and the rest of the family,so sorry for your loss and am praying for you. I'm sorry I couldn't come to the visitation or funeral I really would love to see you, love you Judy

Verna ( Mcgarrah) Williams Nov 7 2018 12:00 AM

Preston was a leader in high school and beyond. It was good to visit with him in September at the class reunion. We pray God will comfort all the family members. You are loved.

Stewart Pickle Nov 7 2018 12:00 AM

Preston was my Sunshine Pump for many years. A kinder man I have not known in ou up all the years since I left Siloam Springs in 1966. Our 'phone calls and recent time together at our Class of '58 Reunion have made me rich with memories. Ann - I am holding you up while on my Methodist prayer bones, daily.

Roger F Cox Nov 6 2018 12:00 AM

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