Mr. Mack Wright Wynn, age 77, of Benton, passed away at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday, June 2, 2021; at the St. Mary’s SSM Good Samaritan Hospital of Mt. Vernon.
Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021; at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton; with Rev. Eddie Paul Davis officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Leffler Funeral Home.
Mack Wright Wynn was born on April 4, 1944; in Amarillo, Texas; the son of Gwen Wynn and Mollie (Stanisha) Wynn. He married the former Juva Lynn Stringer on June 18, 1966; and she survives.
Mr. Wynn was a retired Biology Teacher at Benton Consolidated High School District 103. He was the first teacher to introduce Horticulture to the students at Benton High School, and with his love of plants and nature, helped create much of the landscaping and beautiful plants found surrounding Benton High School. He had a love for nature and the students, with that love he helped develop the greenhouse that is utilized by the Biology department at BCHS. His family said he loved teaching and was enthusiastic about his job and sharing his love of nature with the students he taught.
His love for students was shown through he and Juva running the “Teen Town” from 1985-1990; a place where students could come and enjoy spending time together in a fun and safe environment.
He was a “caretaker of nature” and this can also be seen throughout the Benton Park. Mack helped plant many of the trees and beautiful plants that can still be enjoyed, even today.
Mack’s love for nature can be witnessed at his property around his home. Beautiful plants and landscaping can be found all around his home. He not only planted and cared for the plants, but he was concerned for the health of each plant, tree, and flower that he cared for.
His family said that he continued to give his all to explain and learn about anything that was important to he and to others; and that he had an independent photographic memory. He loved to hunt and fish; through his love of hunting and fishing he became a renowned woodcarver of songbirds and ducks. Through his love for Ducks, he formerly was a member of Ducks Unlimited and taught the importance of helping an organization that took care of God’s creation. He introduced many young men throughout his teaching career to hunting and fishing.
Mr. Wynn; was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church of Benton; and when he was young, he grew up in the First Baptist Church of Benton.
He was a loving, loyal, faithful, honest, good provider, and husband to his wife of almost 55 years; Juva Lynn Wynn of Benton; a great dad and mentor in being a teacher to; Matt Wynn and wife Trudee of Benton; a loving grandfather to: Dr. Bailey Johnston and husband Adam of Benton, and Gehrig Wynn of Benton. He is also survived by his mother-in-law June Riley of Flora, IL; a brother-in-law Jerry Stringer and wife Nancy of Flora, IL; a nephew Stephen Stringer and wife Amy; a niece Carrie Jennings and husband Jim; several great-nieces and nephews.
Mack was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son Mark Wynn; and his father-in-law Eugene Stringer.
Memorial contributions are preferred; and may be made to the Benton High School Horticulture Department; or to the Benton Park District for up-keep of the landscaping and plants; and will be accepted at the funeral home.
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