Emmitt Edward Hynum, Jr., known to his friends as Bud, passed away peacefully on December 19, 2018 at Crestpark Retirement Inn.
Emmitt Edward Hynum, Jr. was born at home to Emmitt and Johnnie Hynum in Bayou Meto, Arkansas in the small community of Hagler. He was a farmer in the area until 1950, when he was drafted due to the Korean War. Entering Active Service at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas, he was assigned to the 233rd Ordnance Ammunition Company where he became an Ammunition Supply Specialist. Because of family hardship, he was honorably discharged and returned home to care for his father and siblings.
In March of 1952 Bud married Mary, the love of his life, and continued to farm. He joined the Stuttgart Fire Department in 1957, where he retired as Assistant Fire Chief after over thirty years of service to the citizens and city of Stuttgart.
One of Bud’s greatest joys was becoming a devoted father in 1967 when he and his wife adopted Jimmy. Along with hunting, fishing, and carpentry, Bud also taught Jimmy about the importance of service to others as Jimmy could regularly be found shadowing his father at the fire station.
Throughout his life, he inspired and influenced others through his job and his personal life and will be missed by all.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father Johnny Hynum and Emmitt Hynum, Sr., his three sisters Nancy, Dorothy, and Alene, and brother Gus Hynum.
He lovingly remembered by his wife of 66 years, Mary and his son Jimmy (Angela), one sister Lucille Meeks, along with several nieces, nephews, and extended family including his caregivers Shawnte Osby and Michele Williams and the doctors and staff at Crestpark and Baptist Health-Stuttgart.
Funeral services, officiated by Ronnie Johnson, are 2 p.m. Saturday, December 22, at Turpin Funeral Home chapel with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. Burial will military honors will following in Lone Tree Cemetery.