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John T. Binion, M.D., died Feb. 4, 2012, completing his fully dedicated Christian life on this earth.  
He was born in Commerce on March 30, 1929. He received a bachelor’s degree from East Texas State University in Commerce, and completed his medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1952. He had the honor of being the recipient of the Ho Den award, the highest honor given to a graduating medical student.
He spent two years of internship and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, followed by two years in the Heart Institute of the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md. His last year of residency was at the University Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.
In 1957, he moved back to Dallas to start his practice of internal medicine and cardiology at Baylor University Medical Center. He also taught physicians-in-training at both Baylor and UT Southwestern. In 1980 he served as president of the medical staff at Baylor-Dallas.  He was honored by Baylor Hospital in 2006 by their establishing The John T. Binion, MD Professorship. His medical career lasted from 1957-2003. He was a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and various medical associations. He loved being a doctor. His patients enriched his life so much and how he hated to have to retire and give them up!
His lake house at Hide-A-Way Lake brought much pleasure to the family. He enjoyed tennis, golf, water skiing, fishing and traveling. His great love was God’s word; and as he and his wife exercised on their tandem or walked, they memorized and recited daily many verses of scripture through the years. Being mission-minded, he served on several medical mission trips to Guatemala, as well as serving on the board of CAM, Int.
In 2001, they moved to Presbyterian Village North and enjoyed the fellowship of so many friends and the help of many wonderful staff. Until the end of life, Dr. Binion always had a smile for those around him. Having a servant’s heart, he blessed lives in so many ways.  How he will be missed!
He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren T. ‘Lem” Binion and Beulah Whitely Binion, and a brother, Dr. Warren W. Binion.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Martha; his two children, Becky Binion Hendricks and husband Chuck of Dallas and Eric Binion and wife Susan of South Africa;  three granddaughters, eight grandsons and two great-grandsons; sisters-in-law Rayline Binion of Fort Worth and Betty Jane Loeb of Connecticut; brother-in-law Dr. Jimmie Caraway of Monroe, La.; and many nieces, nephews, their spouses and children.
Burial will be in Commerce on today, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m.
 The family will gather at the Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home and leave for Rosemound Cemetery in procession at 1:50 p.m.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Northwest Bible Church in Dallas.
Memorials may be given to Presbyterian Village North Foundation, 8600 Skyline Drive, Dallas, TX 75243 or Trinity Fellowship Church, 932 S. Greenville Avenue, Richardson, TX 75081
Online register and condolences may be made at www.jones-walkerandson.com and www.commercejournal.com.
Published on  February 14, 2012
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