In Memory

Barry Lee Binkley

Always Sad ...........Barry's Story of Life is one that makes the Woodward Class of 1959 very proud.

"It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share with you the passing of our beloved Barry on August 18 at his home in Alexandria, KY surrounded by his loved ones."




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08/23/22 02:16 PM #1    

Bruce L. Oliver

One thing I remember well was when running cross country Barry was able despite his shorter stature to measure the taller Geyy Saxton stride for stride.  Both were accomplished Woodwared High School cross country runners.

I am sorry to learn that he has joined the growing list of those classmates who are no longer among us. Sigh!!

08/23/22 03:42 PM #2    

J. Kenneth (Ken) Richter

August 23, 2022

As I reflect on Barry and read his Obituary........He was an extrodianay person that, through his passion for running, he impacted his life and many others. Not sure I am correct, but sort of remember being on the Freshman Track Team, probably 1955, where Barry began to demonstrated his ablity to run with those who looked twice his size.

The picture used in that Obituary is speccial as it exactly what Barry looked like at Woodward in 1959 and at each of our Class Reunions.

Barry RIP your are special.

Ken Richter

08/24/22 10:31 AM #3    

Dan Carpenter

Barry was another Hartwellian that went from k to 12 together. Always up beat and up front. As has been noted, he was an amazing cross country runner.  I remember being on the practice field in the fall,and here would come Gerry Saxon and Barry. Gerry loping along at a pretty good pace and Barry with much shorter strides running side by side not losing and inch. Mutt and Jeff we used to call them. My adled brain could never quite understand why people ran for fun. My frame of reference being running around the dusty rock strewn practice field while the coaches figured out what we were going to do next. 

Barry was a life long friend and we would seek each other out at reunions and always sat together when we could. We grew uo together playing little league base ball, and pick up basketball at Hartwell park for lots of years. I was sorry to miss the last reunion, and my friend Tom Reiber came back and passed on comments from Barry. As I remember it had to do with my being a wimp to give in to food poisoning rather than seeing old friends. But that was Barry, giving you shot with tounge in cheek. RIP my friend I will miss you as I miss to damn many of us that have crossed over.


08/24/22 11:41 AM #4    

Gary Lee Thornton

I "recognize" Barry mostly from the back of his head because that was the view I had of him during our years running cross country.  I had longer legs, but I couldn't keep up with him.  He will be missed.

08/24/22 08:14 PM #5    

Charles M. Campbell

After reading all the great comments and memories about Barry, we were all blessed by being in school with him. How many remember in the eight grade Barry suffered a nasty injury to his leg, hip area and wore some type of leather apparatus/brace/split for a long time. Also had to use crutches to get around. After l period of healing he got much better and went on to a great running career, I don't know how close that injury came to ending his running career in the 8th grade.

God bless Barry and his family 

08/29/22 12:04 PM #6    

Donald Bowen

Wow!! After reading the bio of Barry, all I can say is it captured the real Barry.  He was the same after high school as he was in high school.  We are all blessed to have known Barry as he blessed us all and all his students. A book/movie should be made on his lfe. Run Barry Run!!  Prayers and blessing for Barry's family. Don Bowen.

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