Maury Bynum was born on Dec. 8, 1932, and was the adopted child of Leo Bynum and Helen Duncan of Stonefort. After high school Maury joined the Navy and served on a destroyer during the Korean War.
After serving with the Navy, Maury earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from SIU and worked as an engineer for Emerson Electric and McDonnell-Douglass in St. Louis. He later entered into education; teaching mechanical engineering and mathematics at several community colleges in St. Louis and in the Chicago area.
Later in his career Maury discovered an interest in antiques which quickly lead to a long career in buying, selling, and restoring museum quality antique textiles and oriental rugs; a field in which he became renowned as a world authority. A true adventurer, Maury made many trips to the Middle East and Central Asia, including Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Southern Russia; all in pursuit of his rug and textile interests.
Maury was always closely bound by his Southern Illinois roots. In 2003 Maury returned to Stonefort, his boyhood home, to retire. Shortly thereafter he suffered a debilitating stroke from which he never fully recovered. Maury passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Richland Care in Olney.
Maury was preceded in death by his adopted father and mother, Leo Bynum and Helen Duncan; stepmother, Myrtle Bynum; and stepbrothers, Bill, Herb, Herald, Lloyd and Fred.
Maury is survived by his ex-wife Beth Bynum and two sons, Leo and Rick. He was 80.
A graveside gathering will be held at noon Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Salem Cemetery in Carrier Mills, and a reception will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Liz's Cafe 1218 U.S. 45, Eldorado.