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OBITUARY

Thomas Bynum Jr.

April 19, 1935June 18, 2020
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Thomas Bynum Jr., 85, peacefully transitioned from this life into eternal rest on June 18, 2020 at his residence surrounded by loved ones.

A private service will be held in Greensboro, NC on Friday, June 26, 2020. The interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. He will lie in repose for public viewing at Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

Thomas (“Tommy”) Bynum Jr. was born on April 19, 1935 to the late Thomas Bynum Sr. and the late Mary Massey Bynum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Tommy attended Chapel Hill public schools and furthered his formal education at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (A&T) where he obtained an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in sports medicine. While at North Carolina A&T, Tommy, a phenomenal student-athlete, played on the university’s basketball team during the full tenure of his academic career. Following his undergraduate studies, he served in the United States Army and continued to play basketball while stationed in Germany. Upon his return home and after completing his graduate studies, Tommy briefly worked at Moses Cone Hospital in the Histology/Cytology department. In 1968, Tommy pursued his dream and began his career at North Carolina A&T, where he remained as an athletic trainer until his retirement in 2000.

Tommy, affectionately known as “Mr. B,” was a highly-respected professional who was devoted to maintaining the health of each one of the thousands of student athletes in his care. In 1971, he participated in the Pan-African Games, where he served as an athletic trainer for the US Olympic Committee, working with promising, high-caliber Olympic athletes. In 1973, he was selected by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to be a trainer in Germany, Africa and Russia. Additionally in 1973, he was a trainer for the USA National Junior Track and Field team. Two years later he served as a sports festival trainer, as he made stops in Venezuela, Africa, France, China, Poland, Germany and Russia. He also served as an assistant trainer in the Republic of China for the AAU Meet in 1975 and AAU head trainer in 1976 in Russia, West Germany, and Canada. Of the 500 potential trainers screened by the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Division, Tommy was one of 24 selected to work the Summer Olympic Games in 1984 and was named to the Olympic Training Advisory Board. He was later chosen to be a trainer for the Summer Olympics of 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 2000, Tommy was inducted into North Carolina A&T’s Sports Hall of Fame where the Thomas “Mr. B” Sports Medicine Room in the Corbett Sports Center was named and dedicated in his honor in 2005. His legacy, as depicted in the quote below, will forever be a part of North Carolina A&T.

To hear and see how many former student athletes adored him, it is easy to understand why we have such a family atmosphere at North Carolina A&T, today. “'Mr. B' laid the foundation for taking care of the student-athlete. He left a legacy not only on athletics but the university at large. It cannot be said enough, 'Mr. B' is an Aggie legend." --NCA&T Director of Athletics, Earl M. Hilton, III.

Aside from his life as an athletic trainer, Tommy was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and was certainly a proud “Alpha Man." Well-rounded and well-respected, he also passionately engaged in community activism. In the 1960s, Tommy, along with his wife, mother-in-law and other family members, was instrumental in assisting and supporting the civil rights demonstrations by housing national civil rights leaders, students, and other activists in their home.

Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Bynum Sr. and Mary Massey Bynum, and his younger sister, Sue Bynum, who passed away as a child. Left to cherish memories of him is his loving wife of 59 years, Yvonne Bynum; their daughter, Nicole Bynum-Applegarth (Tammey); first cousin, Larry Edwards (Josephine); sister-in-law Anthanette Clark (Joseph); sister-in-law Patricia Thomas; nieces and nephews; very special “play” children and grandchildren; and a host of Aggies that were influenced by his undying dedication to the North Carolina A&T family.

Online condolences may be shared by visiting www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com.

Services

  • Mr. Thomas Bynum will lie in repose

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

  • A private service will be held

    Friday, June 26, 2020

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John Latimer, Jr.

June 30, 2020

Mrs. Yvonne and Mrs. Nikki,
You have my deepest condolences I played basketball at North Carolina A&T from 1994-1998. I shed a couple of tears and my heart dropped when I learned that Doc. B had transitioned to eternal life to be with God. Doc B meant a lot to me.

His wisdom and knowledge helped me through a lot of tough times while I was at A&T. There were two years where I did not play because of injury. Doc B made sure that I stayed positive and focused on earning my degree. Doc B along with my family in Orlando, FL were the reasons I earned my degree. He was my guardian angel and third grandfather while I was in college.

Mrs. Yvonne you may not remember but my son and I came to visit you and Doc B back in 2015. We were in Charlotte at a hockey tournament. We drove to Greensboro in the morning before his afternoon hockey game. I wanted Doc B to meet my son. He was 11 at that time. Doc B gave my son knowledge and wisdom during our visit. It was an absolute honor to have Doc B meet my son and touch his life like he touched mine while I was a student athlete at A&T. I will keep both of you in my prayers.

John A. Latimer, Jr.

Angela Aldrich

June 26, 2020

It was a true honor to know Mr. B and to work and learn under him as an assistant athletic trainer at NC A&T SU in 2000. His contribution to the world of sports medicine was remarkable and very evident in the lives of all the athletes he touched. His loving kindness and gentleness was felt the moment you met him. There are not enough words to convey how much he taught me about healing the body, mind, and especially the heart. He took me under his wing fresh out of Guilford College and shared his wisdom unselfishly. He lovingly made me tough in a male dominated field and took me by the hand and walked me through an amazing HBCU experience of which I had not known. He did for me what he did for everyone who entered his presence...he took care of me. I will always have great respect and love for him. I loved making it a point to look at his face each time he walked out with his Aggie football or basketball teams. That single look of purpose and pride explained why he served those student athletes from 5am to sometimes 10pm. There was never a question of his commitment or dedication to the profession, his university, and most of all, his love for his athletes. Thank you Mr. B. You will truly be missed by many.

George Small

June 26, 2020

Mrs. Bynum, Nikki, and Family,
I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. B. Please accept my heartfelt condolences, may our prayers help comfort you and get you through this difficult time. We were all honored and blessed to have known your husband and dad. He was truly a blessing in my life and I will miss him. I have such fond, countless memories of our time together at Strickland Fieldhouse. It wouldn’t seem natural when we were coming to practice and that green Volkswagen wasn’t parked in that spot! He always had a genuine smile to go along with his fatherly advice and guidance. Remembering his wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. Mr. B will be enshrined in the cultural fabric of Aggie history eternally. May God give him eternal rest and peace. Thank you Mr. B for everything, we love you! “AGGIE PRIDE”
Dr. George M. Small
Team Captain, 79



ELMIRA HALL

June 24, 2020

🙏🏽My deepest sympathy to the Bynum family; so sad to hear about the loss of such a beloved, genuine and admired man. Amidst the tears, may you find comfort in the prayers, memories and the support of friends and family both near and far.
Mr. B was indeed a treasure beyond value; as an A&T student athlete (1976-1980) he treated my jammed fingers, shin splints and Achilles’ tendon and with his gentle and kind spirit he also taught me how to care for myself to strengthen the weaknesses and prevent further injury. I will forever be grateful to Mr B and will always fondly remember the caring character, profound knowledge and the dedicated professionalism he exemplified. Mr B was one of a kind and a credit to humanity. May God Bless all of the lives he touched. Sincere Condolences, Elmira Hall (Baltimore, Md)

Reba Green-Holley

June 24, 2020

Dear Mr. B,
You were truly an inspiration to me as a Cheerleader at NCA&TSU. You made sure we were safe and ready to perform at every game. I could split and tumble for days after you gave us those great rub downs with balm. Your quite friendly demeanor kept us on track. Your achievements and honors along with your desire to help all athletes will be missed. You truly lived a blessed life and carried out what it means to be a true Christian and Aggie. Rest in Peace. Family, thank you for sharing him with the 70's NCAT Cheer Family! Reba Green-Holley, Aggie Alumni Cheerleader, 70's

mary broos

June 23, 2020

To Tom's Family,
The world has lost a wonderful man with Mr. B's passing. I was the head athletic trainer at Guilford College for 30 years and was lucky enough to get to know Tom. We were also both athletic trainers in 1984 at the Olympic Games in California. He was with track and field athletes and I was with gymnastics and I would go down and talk with him when I had breaks and it was so great to have another NC athletic trainer there and especially one as kind and good as Tom. His athletes loved him and it was so easy for me to see why.
You are in my thoughts and prayers and may God comfort you.
With much sympathy,
Mary Broos

Bessie Pinckney

June 23, 2020

Mr. B as I and many many more fondly called him was a man of amazing character with a calmness in all situations. His knowledge of "athletic trainer " exemplified his intelligence and caring concern. It was common to see him on the tennis courts and always always doing what he does best at an Aggie athletic event. Mr. B you will be dearly missed by many. May you Rest in Heavenly Peace! My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the family at this time. May your cherished memories provide comfort at this difficult time.

Belinda Kies

June 22, 2020

Momma B and Nikki. We just want to send all the love and prayers to you both at this difficult time. We are all so sorry for your loss. And as soon as we can we all are coming to visit you. Love you all and can’t wait to see you soon.

Love from the (Applegarth Family) Nikki’s favorite sister lol.

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Biography

Thomas Bynum Jr., 85, peacefully transitioned from this life into eternal rest on June 18, 2020 at his residence surrounded by loved ones.

A private service will be held in Greensboro, NC on Friday, June 26, 2020. The interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. He will lie in repose for public viewing at Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

Thomas (“Tommy”) Bynum Jr. was born on April 19, 1935 to the late Thomas Bynum Sr. and the late Mary Massey Bynum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Tommy attended Chapel Hill public schools and furthered his formal education at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (A&T) where he obtained an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in sports medicine. While at North Carolina A&T, Tommy, a phenomenal student-athlete, played on the university’s basketball team during the full tenure of his academic career. Following his undergraduate studies, he served in the United States Army and continued to play basketball while stationed in Germany. Upon his return home and after completing his graduate studies, Tommy briefly worked at Moses Cone Hospital in the Histology/Cytology department. In 1968, Tommy pursued his dream and began his career at North Carolina A&T, where he remained as an athletic trainer until his retirement in 2000.

Tommy, affectionately known as “Mr. B,” was a highly-respected professional who was devoted to maintaining the health of each one of the thousands of student athletes in his care. In 1971, he participated in the Pan-African Games, where he served as an athletic trainer for the US Olympic Committee, working with promising, high-caliber Olympic athletes. In 1973, he was selected by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to be a trainer in Germany, Africa and Russia. Additionally in 1973, he was a trainer for the USA National Junior Track and Field team. Two years later he served as a sports festival trainer, as he made stops in Venezuela, Africa, France, China, Poland, Germany and Russia. He also served as an assistant trainer in the Republic of China for the AAU Meet in 1975 and AAU head trainer in 1976 in Russia, West Germany, and Canada. Of the 500 potential trainers screened by the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Division, Tommy was one of 24 selected to work the Summer Olympic Games in 1984 and was named to the Olympic Training Advisory Board. He was later chosen to be a trainer for the Summer Olympics of 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 2000, Tommy was inducted into North Carolina A&T’s Sports Hall of Fame where the Thomas “Mr. B” Sports Medicine Room in the Corbett Sports Center was named and dedicated in his honor in 2005. His legacy, as depicted in the quote below, will forever be a part of North Carolina A&T.

To hear and see how many former student athletes adored him, it is easy to understand why we have such a family atmosphere at North Carolina A&T, today. “'Mr. B' laid the foundation for taking care of the student-athlete. He left a legacy not only on athletics but the university at large. It cannot be said enough, 'Mr. B' is an Aggie legend." --NCA&T Director of Athletics, Earl M. Hilton, III.

Aside from his life as an athletic trainer, Tommy was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and was certainly a proud “Alpha Man." Well-rounded and well-respected, he also passionately engaged in community activism. In the 1960s, Tommy, along with his wife, mother-in-law and other family members, was instrumental in assisting and supporting the civil rights demonstrations by housing national civil rights leaders, students, and other activists in their home.

Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Bynum Sr. and Mary Massey Bynum, and his younger sister, Sue Bynum, who passed away as a child. Left to cherish memories of him is his loving wife of 59 years, Yvonne Bynum; their daughter, Nicole Bynum-Applegarth (Tammey); first cousin, Larry Edwards (Josephine); sister-in-law Anthanette Clark (Joseph); sister-in-law Patricia Thomas; nieces and nephews; very special “play” children and grandchildren; and a host of Aggies that were influenced by his undying dedication to the North Carolina A&T family.

Online condolences may be shared by visiting www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com.