Published 6:10 pm Tuesday, October 25, 2016
MINEOLA, N.Y. — Clasteen Bynum, 77, was born on Sept. 20, 1939, in Newsoms, Virginia. She was the fourth of six children. She slipped into the arms of the Lord our Savior on Oct. 7, 2016, at Winthrop University Hospital, due to heart complications.
Clasteen attended Hayden High School in Franklin, Virginia, where she won a few dance contests and was a member of the basketball team.
She was a member of Diamond Grove Baptist Church from her youth until she relocated to New York at the age of 18 to start a better life for her and her son. There she became a member of Faith Baptist Church in Hempstead, New York, until her health failed.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Roosevelt and Sophie Bynum; her sister, Viola Elam; her brother, Kenneth Bynum; nephew, Ricky Bynum; and nieces, Karen Elliott, Diana Bynum and Christine Bynum Williams.
Clasteen leaves to cherish her memories her only child, Anthony Bynum of New York; two brothers, Linwood (Adell) Bynum of California, and Raymond (Valjean) Bynum of Virginia; a sister, Margaret Hill of California; along with nephews, Raymond Bynum Jr., James Bynum, Hezekiah Bynum, Aaron Bynum, Kenneth Bynum Jr., Eddie Bynum, Raymond Bynum, Larry Bynum, Craig Elam, Gregory Elam and Darren Elam; nieces, Sandra Elam Mason, Erika Bynum Johnson, Monica Bynum and Veronica Bynum Elliott; good friends, Mary and Willie May; along with numerous other relatives and friends.
There will be a casual memorial on her behalf for relatives and friends at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Sportsman’s Club on South Street in Franklin.