Obituary and Service Information for Bernard Jones Bingham, Jr.
|Bingham, Jr., Bernard Jones|
Date: Private Services
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Donations can be made to Backstoppers for fire department in leu of flowers. https://backstoppers.org/donate/
Bernard Jones Bingham, Jr. was born May 11, 1932 to Bernard J Bingham, Sr. and Olivia (Rogers) Bingham.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, his wife Lois (Kelly) Bingham and one daughter Rosalind.
He leaves to mourn, his wife Nancy Bingham, two sisters Lavada (Earl) Brown and Regina (Ronald) Herrington. Four children Lynn (Keith) Johnson and Bernard J. (Kathrine) Bingham III. Chastity Brillhante and Daniel (Loren) Vandergriff. 14 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Bernard accepted Jesus Christ and was baptized on the 17th of August, 2003 at First Church of God, De Soto, Missouri.
Bernard graduated as Valedictorian of his class from Douglass High School, Festus, Missouri 05/20/1949. He attended Lincoln University and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He transferred to Wayne University, Michigan in 1950. He enlisted in the US Air Force 07/28/1951 where he was trained as a Control Tower Operator. He transferred to Fort Worth, Texas to train other air traffic controllers. He was honorably discharged and returned to Pittsburgh Plate Glass Industries in early 1954. He worked for the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Route Traffic Controller, St. Louis Traffic Control Center later in 1954 until 1963 when he transferred to Chicago as an Air Traffic Controller until 1969. He returned to work at PPG Industries as a Statistical Quality Control Technician. In 1974 he joined the Columbia, Missouri Fire Department until he retired on 10/19/1994 as Captain of the fire department. He moved back to De Soto in 2001.
Bernard threw shot put and played basketball in high school. He enjoyed playing golf, watching sports and cooking. His greatest love was woodworking with a passion for building clocks. He made a yearly clock for the Black history celebration in Festus for auction. He was awarded the 2011 Drum Major award for his contribution to the community from the Cultural Diversity Committee Giving Something Back to the Community.