Eula Mae Bynum-Vaughan, affectionately known as “Way”, was born in Pendleton, NC on October 16, 1944 to Gracie Daye-Bynum and the late Oliver Bynum Sr. She departed this life on Sunday morning, May 24, 2009, at the Obici Sentara Hospital located in Suffolk, VA.
She was preceded in death by her father and brother Oliver (Lafayette) Bynum, Jr.
She was a true educator and sought to inspire those around her, young and old. She graduated from the Willis Hare High School and furthered her education at the Elizabeth City State University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. In her efforts to deepen her religious experience, she received a Masters of Divinity Degree and a Doctor of Ministry/Worship Studies Degree from the Eastern Carolina Christian College, formerly the Eastern North Carolina Theological Institutes, where she later became an Associate Professor.
Left to cherish her loving memories are two sons and daughter –in-laws, Andre Williams and Tamara of Elizabeth City, NC and Eric Vaughan and Monica of Franklin, VA; her mother, Gracie Daye-Bynum of Pendleton, NC; five sisters, Flora (Lucille) Bynum-Newsome of Manhattan, NY, Bertha “Christine” Denson and brother-in-law Earl Denson of Pendleton, NC, Senthia “Claudine” Newsome and brother-in-law Eley Newsome Sr. of Pendleton, NC, Geraldine Bynum of Pendleton, NC= and Mary Ann Granger and brother-in-law Matthew Granger of Conway, NC; three grandchildren, Aniyah Olivia Vaughan, Ariel Christiana Vaughan and Jeanette Larshay Sessoms, eleven nieces and nephews, fourteen great nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at Zoar Missionary Baptist Church, Pendleton, with Dr. William F. Denson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
A wake will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2009 at Wilder’s Funeral Home Chapel in Rich Square, NC.
Wilder’s Funeral Home Inc., Rich Square, is handling the arrangements.