Gladys Veronica Bynum, daughter of the late Howard Cornish and Louise Mabel Williams and wife of the late Roosevelt Bynum Sr., earned her heavenly wings Thursday, November 21, 2019 at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center at the age of 81. Born on February 9, 1938 in Cambridge, MD, she was the eldest sibling.
Gladys was educated in the Dorchester County Public School System where she also served. She was a long-standing member of Zion Baptist Church where her six children were also raised. While at Zion, Gladys sang on the choir, served on the usher board and as a missionary. Gladys always loved being in church. As a youngster this love for a closeness with God came as she frequented Park Lane Church and then joined Zion Baptist Church remaining a faithful member even after her move to Charles County.
She was a member of the John H. Johns Jr. Assembly #284 of the Golden Circle, where she served as Past Loyal Lady Ruler, Oziel Chapter #23 Order of the Eastern Star, where she served as Past Matron and Past Commandress of Abulahab Court #189 of the Daughter of Isis.
With six children, she worked various jobs, the canning factory, sewing factory, Rob Roy, Bumble Bee and as an adult care provider, instilling work values in her children early. As the children grew up, Gladys was employed as an Instructional Assistant in the county she loved so well, Dorchester County’s first “aide”, remaining on the job for 27 years, retiring in 1997
She enjoyed reading her Bible, word puzzles, soap operas, shopping and traveling. Gladys also open her home as a foster parent and worked with the elderly in the nursing home after retirement.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Ilantha.
She leaves to cherish her precious memory, five children, Tempia Bynum Thomas of VA, Roosevelt Bynum Jr (Susan) of CA, Tanula Baker (Donald) of MD, Sonya Bynum of MD and Jacqueline Williams (Glenn) of MD; a sister, Correna Bryan (Thurman) of MD, five other siblings, Michael Murry, Emory Murry (Pam), Howard Murry, Doris Stanford and Tamula Murry Wilson; sixteen grandchildren, Keyonna, Theodore (Caitlin), Donald II (Kumi), Marcus, Amanda (Simon), Michelle, Kevin (Jessica), Alex (Jacqueline), Tempia (Jamal), Maurice (Kimberley), Jacquelyne, Andrea, Justin, Carl, Jocelyn and Dale; sixteen great grandchildren, her church family and a host of other relatives and friends.