Ronald Thomas Binner died on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Mr. Binner was born on January 19, 1933 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He was raised in Winchester, Virginia and graduated from Handley High School in 1950. He then attended Virginia Tech graduating in 1954 with a BS degree in Industrial Engineering. He also received a commission in the United States Air Force after his ROTC training at Virginia Tech where he was Captain of “A” Company. He went to work for the Southern Railroad in September of 1954 as an Engineer in training in the mechanical department. He left the railroad in April of 1955 to enter pilot training class 56-0 and got his wings in May of 1956. He went through aircraft Controllers School at Tyndall AFB Panama Beach, Florida in 1956. He was then assigned to Fort Fisher radar base below Wilmington, North Carolina. He did his flying out of Pope AFB and Myrtle Beach AFB. He remained in the Air Force until January 1958 when he left and returned to the Southern Railroad. He was assigned to facilities in Knoxville, Tennnesee and Spartanburg, South Carolina before being assigned to Washington, DC in the Marketing and Research Department as Special Equipment Engineer. He resigned from Southern Railroad in March of 1965 when he moved to Macon, Georgia and went to work for Transco out of Chicago rebuilding and manufacturing new railroad freight cars. He and his partner started Equipment Specialties Corporation (ESCO) in July of 1966. He stayed with ESCO until November of 2010. ESCO was sold to a Canadian company in November of 2009 and renamed Steel Services, Inc.
Mr. Binner was a lifelong Episcopalian and belonged to Christ Church since 1965. He served on the Vestry and on various committees. He also attended the Church of the Nativity on St. Simons Island where he had a home. He was on the board of Macon Little Theatre and was cast in different productions. He also served on the Mind Body committee, a cancer fighting and life threating group preventer before it was merged into the Medical Center Wellness Center.
Mr. Binner is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lillian Solenberger Binner; his son, Ronald Thomas Binner, Jr. (Jackie)of Bolingbroke, GA; grandson Jacob Cole Binner; granddaughter Tiffany Aplin (Donnie) of Indian Rocks, Florida; great-grandson, Peyton. He is also survived by his brothers, Lewis (Peggy) of Richmond, Virginia, Tommy (Cathy) of Roanoke, Virginia; sister, Joyce Rickard (David) of Greensboro, North Carolina; and sister-in law, Helen Sharp (Don) Roswell, Georgia; and various nieces and nephews and their children. Mr. Binner was preceded in death by his daughter Bee Binner, his mother Evelyn Schlotterbeck Binner and father Gavin Thomas Binner, Jr.
Funeral services will be held at Christ Church at 11:00AM Saturday, December 8, 2012 with the Reverend Harriette Simmons officiating. The family will greet friends at the church following the service. Burial will follow the reception at Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Christ Episcopal Church, 582 Walnut Street, Macon, GA 31201; The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittfield, MA 01202; or a charity of your choice.
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