Women’s History Month Spotlight: Frenchye Bynes

Frenchye Bynes
Frenchye Bynes

Mrs. Frenchye Mason Bynes is a native of Jackson, Mississippi.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Henderson Business College. She is the widow of Frank H. Bynes, Sr. and owner and president of the Bynes-Royall Funeral Home, Inc, the oldest black owned funeral home in the United States.

Mrs. Bynes is a member of the Georgia Funeral Service Practitioners’ Association, Inc. National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association, Inc. Deaconess of St. John Baptist Church, (The Mighty Fortress) .

Her most recent honors include 2007 Spirit of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award; 2005 Outstanding Business Legacy Award of West Broad Street, given by the Savannah Chapter of the Links; 2006 she received the 50 year membership Recognition Award from the National Funeral Directors and Morticians, 2004 Grand Marshal for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade, and the recipient of the Community Spirit Award from the 100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc.

She is the mother of five children; Mrs. Olga (Donald) Bland; Dr. Frank H. (Gail) Bynes, Jr.; Mr. Raleigh D.(Pat) Bynes, (both deceased); Mrs. Frenchye (Carey) Jones and Mrs. Lisa (Anthony) Reid. She has twelve grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

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