William Cecil “Bill” Bingham Jr., 89, a longtime resident of Millsboro, Del., died Jan. 1, 2022, at his home, surrounded by his four sons and wife. He was born the twin, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, of William “Cecil” Bingham Sr. and Willye Montgomery Fair Bingham on March 6, 1932.
After graduating from Red Bank High School in Chattanooga in 1950, he briefly attended West Virginia University. He resided for 36 years in Pitman, New Jersey, and served as Senior Vice President of South Jersey Industries Inc. and South Jersey Gas Company until his retirement in 1997. He was known for his work ethic and his tireless determination, which has enabled South Jersey to transform industries and grow the industry forever. He joined the company in 1963 as director of operations and supply after working two years for the North Carolina Natural Gas Company in Rockingham, North Carolina.
Bingham was a longtime supporter of local charities, educational institutions, his community and his church. He served as a deacon and trustee of his early churches and served on the board of several corporations and nonprofits during his business career. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Georgetown, Del., at the time of his death and was a 40-year member of the Kiwanis club, in which he served as club president in Pitman, NJ. Rider, fisherman and passionate yachtsman.
Bingham was predeceased by his wife of 34 years, Jean McPherson Bingham. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Maria M. (Fuchs) Bingham; his four sons, W. Perry Bingham (and Mary) of Virginia Beach, Va.; Roger P. Bingham (and Shelley) of Del Mar, Calif.; Marshall A. Bingham (and Carolyn) of West Chester, Pennsylvania; Matthew M. Bingham (and Adina) of Medford Lakes, NJ; and daughter-in-law Tina Scott (and Mark) of Salem, NJ
His legacy will live on with his 11 grandchildren, Morgan Fair Hedley (and Stephen), Hunter Faith Bingham, William Perry Bingham Jr., Amanda C. Bingham, William Shane Bingham, Sean McPherson “Mac” Bingham, Alexis Bradley (and Jeffrey) , Dr. Jacquelyn Bingham, Zachary M. Bingham, Madeleine Jean Bingham and Tristan C. Bingham; and great-grandchildren Clark William Hedley and Katherine M. Hedley. He is also survived by his twin brother, Reverend McDowell Fair Bingham of Knoxville, Tennessee, and his younger brother, Dr. Samuel M. Bingham of Red Bank, Tennessee.
A private life ceremony will be held on Bingham’s birthday, March 6, 2022, at their residence, for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations be directed to Calvary Baptist Church, 22860 DuPont Blvd, Georgetown, DE 19947.