Carolyn Martin Binkley

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Carolyn Martin Binkley, 80, left this earth to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus and her husband Bob on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Carolyn and Bob enjoyed 56 wonderful years of marriage. They are survived by their three children, 12 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren: Robert O. Binkley Jr. (Lynn) and children Rachel Tilly (Nathan), Aubrey, Tansil, Travis, Hayes, and Robert III; Elizabeth Lynn Campbell (Terry) and children Frank (Brittany) and Bobby; and David Martin Binkley and children Dee (Amanda) and Maddox and Colton, Drew (Amanda) and Jacob and Kaylee, Devin, and Dakota (Amanda) and Eli and Ian.

Carolyn also is survived by her sisters, Gayle Watson of Franklin and Amanda (Clint) Smith of Richmond, Va.

The Binkley family expresses great gratitude to Mrs. Binkley's caretakers at Morning Pointe Assisted Living in Columbia and her longtime friend and her husband's legal assistant, Carole Ann Lambert.

Mama B, as her grandchildren and great grandchildren fondly called her, was born on Dec. 5, 1933, in Nashville. She was the daughter of Travis H. and Corinne T. Martin. After graduating from Hillsboro High School, she enrolled in Vanderbilt University where she graduated with honors. While at Vanderbilt, she met Bobby. After graduating from Vanderbilt in 1955, Bobby and Carolyn married in October 1955 after which they moved to Norfolk, Va. for Bob's active duty Navy commitment. They then returned to Nashville, and Carolyn had Rob (1958), Beth (1961), and David (1964). Carolyn and Bobby moved to Lewisburg in 1965 for Bob to begin his lengthy legal career. Carolyn was a homemaker for many years and was a remarkable and wonderful mother. She later worked as a bookkeeper for Southland Hardware, Otasco, and the National Bridle Shop.

After retiring, Mama B devoted her full energies to taking care of her husband and home, time with her grandchildren, and planning and making trips with Bob. Carolyn and Bob joined First Presbyterian Church in 1965 where she served in many capacities with children over the years. She had a delightful spirit, a keen and brilliant mind, and an amazing love for her husband and her children. During her later years, as she fought Alzheimer's, she had an infectious and amazing smile which brought great joy to her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends. All will greatly miss her sweet spirit and countenance.

Visitation will take place at London Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, with additional visitation on Thursday, Nov. 20, from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.

The memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Lone Oak Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, First Presbyterian Church, or the Marshall County Memorial Library Fund.