John Brooks Binns was one of my paternal great-grandfathers. He was born March 20th, 1910 in Monticello (Drew County), Arkansas to John Milton Binns and Perthenia Brooks.
On August 19th, 1934, he married the love of his life and my great-grandmother, Blanche Kathryne Hill in Longview, Texas. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Fort Smith, (Sebastian County) Arkansas in 1984.
John Binns and his wife Blanche were school teachers in Alma, Arkansas. They had three daughters together. John had blonde hair and blue eyes and was approximately 6 feet tall. He cherished all his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was a hugger. I remember he used to squeeze me so tight I couldn’t breathe! He played football in high school and college. He attended Monticello A&M College in the early 1930s. He was president of the college Press Club and well-liked by his peers.
John Brooks Binns died December 10, 1989 in Fort Smith, (Sebastian County) Arkansas. He was buried in Roselawn Cemetery, Fort Smith, (Sebastian County) Arkansas. His wife Blanche (Hill) Binns died December 27th, 1992 and was buried beside him in Roselawn Cemetery.