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Terry Joe Bingham

Terry Joe Bingham was the second of three sons, Glen being several years older and Danny being several years younger. Terry was born July 30, 1934, to Reed Smoot Bingham and Elizabeth Jane Root in Safford, Arizona, where he lived all his life. After high school, Terry attended Eastern Arizona Community College and played football until he suffered a knee injury. When he was 19, he served in the New England States as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Terry married Connie Rae Swenson on June 21, 1961. Terry held many church callings throughout his life including Bishop, Stake President, Stake Mission President, a member of the first Temple Presidency in the Gila Valley Arizona Temple and Stake Patriarch. Terry farmed with his older brother, Glen, for most of his adult life and could often be found standing along the ditch bank talking to Ray Gonzales, his favorite work hand, or other local farmers, solving the world’s problems. Terry was elected to the board of supervisors for Graham County for 2 terms totaling eight years before serving in the Palmyra New York Temple mission with Connie, his eternal companion. Some of his favorite times were having Sunday evening dessert with his posterity while sitting on his porch watching the kids play, talking and listening to all the week’s events. Terry and Connie enjoyed several summers camping on Mount Graham, holding hands as they hiked to the cabins to visit friends. He especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's sporting events, concerts and animal shows as much as possible even though his eyesight had failed, and Connie had to give him a play-by-play account of each activity. After the event he would give them a hug and tell them how proud he was of them and what a good job they had done. He never forgot any of our names, we were all lovingly known as Sis, Son, Sweetheart, Partner or Hun. Terry was preceded in death by: his father, Reed; mother, Elizabeth; and brother and sister-in-law, Glen and Verma Bingham. He is survived by: Connie, his loving wife of 59 years; his brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Carol Bingham; his sister-in-law, Linda and brother-in-law Earl Morcomb; his children, Ty and Tawna Bingham, Cheryl and Brian Nielsen, Tami and Terry Johnson, Sandi Bingham, Trent and Susan Bingham, Jolea Taylor and Jared and Brooke Bingham; 29 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. Terry was a man that truly exemplified the true love of Christ, honor, integrity, respect, humility, hard work, unconditional love, and family patriarch. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. Terry Joe entered life eternal Monday, December 7, 2020, at the age of 86. Funeral services for Terry Joe will be conducted Saturday, December 12, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Safford Stake Center. Concluding family graveside services will follow in the Lebanon Cemetery. Family will receive friends Friday evening, December 11, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at the Vining Funeral Home and Saturday afternoon, December 12, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m., in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Safford Stake Center Relief Society Room.

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Dear Sister Bingham, we were very saddened today to find out that our dear friend and favorite Stake President passed away. He was such an example to us of Christ like love and deep concern over the one. He was a mentor and always made one feel important and needed. He will always hold a place in our hearts. Know that we are heart broken for you but know also that he, my dad and Pres. Konopnicki are probably doing some good things together. Love, Rick and Marcie McBride

Rick McBride Dec 15 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Sister Bingham, we were very saddened today to find out that our dear friend and favorite Stake President passed away. He was such an example to us of Christ like love and deep concern over the one. He was a mentor and always made one feel important and needed. He will always hold a place in our hearts. Know that we are heart broken for you but know also that he, my dad and Pres. Konopnicki are probably doing some good things together. Love, Rick and Marcie McBride

Rick McBride Dec 15 2020 12:00 AM

What a beautiful tribute. Even though I only met him once at Braylen and Tori's sealing, you could tell he was a kind, hard working man who loved his family and loved the Lord. He left a wonderful legacy! Love and prayers from the Uchytil's to the Johnson family :heart:

amber uchytil Dec 13 2020 12:00 AM

What a beautiful tribute. Even though I only met him once at Braylen and Tori's sealing, you could tell he was a kind, hard working man who loved his family and loved the Lord. He left a wonderful legacy! Love and prayers from the Uchytil's to the Johnson family :heart:

amber uchytil Dec 13 2020 12:00 AM

Connie, My heart is broken. If it wasnt for Terry Joe I wouldve never met the love of my life, Linda. May the Lord bless you and your family. Love, Bobby

Tiffany Dec 12 2020 12:00 AM

Connie, My heart is broken. If it wasnt for Terry Joe I wouldve never met the love of my life, Linda. May the Lord bless you and your family. Love, Bobby

Tiffany Dec 12 2020 12:00 AM

Always a smile and a warm hello! And we had the best tour guides ever when Reece and I accompanied Brian and Karens family to Palmyra New York when you two were on a mission there. You and your sweetheart showed us all the highlights and arranged our place to stay and arranged for us to attend the temple. That was the best. And serving with him and you in the Gila Valley Arizona Temple was a special highlight. Sweet memories of a wonderful man!

Anna Jane Jarvis Dec 11 2020 12:00 AM

Connie and family, I was deeply saddened by Terry Joe's passing, there's just some people that you don't think of as mortal and Terry Joe was one of those in my mind. This world has lost a wonder man and Heaven has gained another exceptional soul. May the knowledge of the Gospel and Heavenly Father's comforting love carry you through this difficult time and beyond. I'm sending my love to you.

Sharon Kay Nelson Dec 11 2020 12:00 AM

Terry Joe is one of the finest men Ive ever known. He taught me so much.I will always remember him as one of my heroes.

Dennis Martin Dec 11 2020 12:00 AM

Always a smile and a warm hello! And we had the best tour guides ever when Reece and I accompanied Brian and Karens family to Palmyra New York when you two were on a mission there. You and your sweetheart showed us all the highlights and arranged our place to stay and arranged for us to attend the temple. That was the best. And serving with him and you in the Gila Valley Arizona Temple was a special highlight. Sweet memories of a wonderful man!

Anna Jane Jarvis Dec 11 2020 12:00 AM

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