Members of Divine Street United Methodist Church gathered to dedicate a columbarium in memory of longtime church member and Dunn resident Barbara Bynum who passed away Jan. 3, 2018.
A repository for the ashes of loved ones, the columbarium will also serve as a tribute center for church members and their families to remember those they have lost. The columbarium was made possible through a gift from Pete Bynum, husband of the late Barbara Bynum, as well as generous contributions and efforts of church members and community friends.
Mrs. Bynum was extremely active in her church and the community. She served as a member of the Divine Street United Methodist Church Choir from the first day she attended the church back in 1970. As a member of Divine Street Church, she held nearly every office at least once and was a delegate to the North Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church for many years. She was also active in the United Methodist Women Church Council, the Fellowship and Care Committee, and worked with Vacation Bible School for 40 years.
In the community, Mrs. Bynum held leadership positions with the Girl Scouts — both local and district — the Dunn Woman’s Club, in which she held many offices and served as state vice president of the North Carolina Federation of Women’s Clubs. But many considered her work with Meals on Wheels, the DUMA Food Pantry, the Betsy Johnson Memorial Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, and the Dunn Area Drug Task Force among her most significant contributions to the community.
Her impact on her church and her community was immensely felt, said Beth Gaines, pastor of Divine Street Church. “A lot of people weren’t aware of all of the things Barbara was involved in because she was so quiet about it,” her husband Pete said. “She got an awful lot accomplished in her life. She had no regrets.”