Georgia met Ramsey Bynum at Antioch Baptist Church. They both had a love for music. He belonged to a singing group that would often sing at her church while she was a member of the choir. He visited her once a month, arriving by horseback, wagon or walking while wearing a suit and tie which was required by her parents. Ramsey proposed to Georgia, the love of his life, and on December 25, 1942 at 3:00 p.m. they were united in Holy Matrimony on the porch of her childhood home in Red Banks, Mississippi. To this union, ten beautiful children were born, five girls and five boys: Vivian, Ramsella, Margaret, Chris, Hayes, Anthony, Barbara (who preceded her in death), Randy, Timothy and Judy. In the early 1950's, Georgia and Ramsey moved to Chicago, Illinois from Memphis, Tennessee and in 1954, relocated to Gary, Indiana. In 1962, they would eventually settle back in Chicago, Illinois. Georgia and Ramsey were married 51 years until his passing in October 1994.
Georgia loved the Lord! She was a member of Lilydale Progressive MB Church for more than 45 years. She rarely missed a service on Sunday. She was a member of the Lilydale Progressive MB Church Choir and Mother's Board. Additionally, she was involved in Sunday School Christian education activities and served briefly as a church nurse. She especially loved to involve her children and grandchildren in church activities and she loved for her family to attend services with her.
Georgia’s love for children and her expert domestic skills led her to entrepreneurial efforts in professional housekeeping (in affluent homes on the North Lake Shore of Chicago). She later obtained a custodial position at the Social Security building located on 600 W. Madison in Chicago, Illinois. She loved working there and conversing with her colleagues. Georgia’s workplace associates often complimented her on her pleasant composition and her “sweet spirit”. After 34 years of service, Georgia retired at the young age of 84 in January 2009.
Georgia’s vast love for music continued throughout her life. While preparing to go to work, she would turn her radio on and listen to various music genres. Surprisingly, she loved many of the current artists such as Maxwell. She also had a knack for repairing items without soliciting assistance from anyone. Additionally, she had a love for sewing but above all she loved to shop. She had a talent for locating and purchasing high end/name brand items at discount prices - she would always say, “You get what you pay for”. Her favorite stores were Target, TJ Maxx, Marshall Field's and Carson's.
Georgia loved her family. She loved seeing everyone together and having a good time. She adopted all of her children's friends as her own. Georgia acquired the name “Gan Gan” by her grandson Ronald Morton, II (who preceded her in death) because he could not pronounce the word “Grandma”. Georgia was called “Gan Gan” by all of her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Even friends of the family that knew her, called her “Gan Gan” and she loved that name. Georgia opened the door to her home to everyone and welcomed them as her family. Her nurturing and sweet spirit was infectious. She showed people how to give and spread love to others. She leaves a legacy of Love to everyone she knew.
Georgia Mae Bynum (Gan Gan), our Angel, received her wings and went on to be with her heavenly father on Monday, March 6, 2017. She was a woman of great faith, a woman of strength and a woman of Love. She will be forever missed.
Georgia leaves to cherish her loving memory: four sisters: Laura Gipson of Lamar, Mississippi; Vertis Bolden of Gary, Indiana, Vivian Jean Evans of Florissant, Missouri and Delma Richmond of Memphis, Tennessee; four daughters: Vivian Morton of Gary, Indiana; Ramsella Gettis of Alsip, Illinois; Margaret Bynum Riley of Chicago, Illinois; and Judy (Tim) Watkins of California; five sons: Chris (Joanne) Bynum; Hayes (Frankie) Bynum; Anthony (Joyce) Bynum; Randy (Marguerite) Bynum; and Timothy (Sharon) Bynum all from Chicago, Illinois; two son-in-laws, Ronald Morton, I and Sam Gettis (who preceded her in death); 21 grandchildren and 1 granddaughter, Rochelle Janine Morton (who preceded her in death); 44 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson Marquis Anthony Baines, Jr. (who preceded her in death), a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.