Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at Edwards Funeral Home, 221 E. Main St. in Arcola. The Rev. John Stewart will officiate. Burial with military rites conducted by the Arthur American Legion Post 479 will be in the Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the funeral home. Public Masonic rites will be conducted by the Arthur Masonic Lodge 825 AF and AM at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Edwards Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.edwardsfh.net.
Red was born Aug. 23, 1924, in Scottsville, Ky. He was a son of Roy and Flossie (York) Binion. He married Madonna Carolyn Lawrence on Dec. 19, 1959, in Arthur. She passed away on Nov. 3, 2003.
Survivors include one daughter, Debbie S. Howell of Arthur; seven grandchildren, William Michael Binion and his wife Suzanne of Arthur, Bobbie Jo Ellison of Mattoon, Kimberly Williams of Decatur, Tosha Duzan of Arthur, Brandon Artis of Champaign, Nathan Schrock of Anchorage, Alaska, and Hank Schrock and his wife Whitney of Phenix City, Ala.; 14 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Robert Binion and his wife Helen and Billy Binion, all of Arthur, and Wilbur Binion and his wife Ann and James Binion and his wife Ilene, all of Sullivan; one sister, Doris Rich of Arthur; and his loving companion, Marge Bialesbhki.
He was preceded in death by his wife; one son, Gary Binion; one sister, Clarine Howard; and two brothers, Neal and Donald Binion.
Red was a member of the Arthur First Baptist Church, the Arthur Lions Club and the Arthur American Legion Post 479, and he was a 50-year member of the Arthur Masonic Lodge 825 AF and AM.
Red was an Army veteran of World War II. He drove a semi for several years; after he retired from driving a semi, he and his wife opened the Busy Bee Ceramic Shop in Chesterville. Red also taxied Amish all over the United States for several years. The past few years Red enjoyed spending time with family and friends and especially his bff, Kenny "BB" Mentzer.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, www.stjude.org.