William R. “Bill” Binford was born April 10, 1932, the only child of John and Adele Binford. He served in the U.S. Army from June 5, 1953, to May 5, 1955. He married Margie on October 10, 1953 and moved to Farmers Branch in 1955. They have been active members of Christ United Methodist Church in Farmers Branch for over 60 years. Bill leaves behind Margie, his wife of 69 years, daughter and son in law, Pam and Ken Sumrow of Plano and son and daughter in law Jeff and Pam Binford of Farmers Branch, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren with another expected in January. Bill was an insurance agent for Prudential Insurance Company for 40 years before retiring in 1997. While with Prudential, Bill earned the designation of Certified Life Underwriter (CLU) and various financial planning certifications.
Always active in his community, Bill is a past president of the Farmers Branch Jaycees. He was active in Farmers Branch Little League, Bomber peewee football, the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce, and is a Charter Member and past President and was active in the Rotary Club of Farmers Branch, earning the Paul Harris Fellow recognition. He helped organize and served as a director of the Farmers Branch Bank, and its successor, Texas American Bank. Bill was also a member of the Dallas Association of Life Underwriters, where he also served as a director.
Bill was first elected to the Farmers Branch City Council in 1969 and elected as Mayor in 1978. After serving two terms as Mayor, he left office in 1982. He served as treasurer of the Farmers Branch Industrial Development Corporation and the Farmers Branch Housing Finance Corporation. After serving three terms on the Dallas County Tax Appraisal Review Board, Bill was elected to the Dallas Central Appraisal District Board in 2002, representing the suburban cities of Dallas County, where he served until 2005.
In 2002, Bill joined H&R Block, the largest tax preparation firm in the country as a seasonal tax specialist. He completed many of the specialized courses offered in the off season for further education in tax preparation.
When not spending time with his great grandchildren, Bill enjoyed golf and playing poker.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 8 th from 5 – 7 p.m. at North Dallas Funeral Home in Farmers Branch http://northdallasfuneralhome.com/.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Saturday, November 19 th at 2 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church in Farmers Branch https://www.christ4u.org/.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ United Methodist Church or Children’s Medical Foundation https://give.childrens.com/.
It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Tha you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you. Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad. Love, The Gillilands
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Bill Binford was a wonderful man to know. He was kind, thoughtful with a great sense of honor. Bill was dedicated and loved his roll in guiding the City of Farmers Branch.It was a pleasure to work with him and learn from him, over the years. John Burke