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Byrne Louis Binns, was born March 28, 1945, in Long Beach, California, and died in Katy, Jan. 14, 2010.

Byrne is survived by his loving wife Linda Binns, his daughter Lisa Binns-Tolbird and his grandchildren Rachael and Zachary Tolbird of Bellville.  He is also survived by his brother Dixon Binns and wife Marie of Newalla, Okla., brother Terry Binns and wife Sandy of Norwalk, Calif., niece Barbara Johnson and husband Karl of Riverside, Calif. and niece Elleen Arrand and family of La Mirada, Calif. along with other extended family members throughout the United States.

A proud family man, Byrne loved his new hometown of Bellville as a result of the family’s relocation from California approximately three years ago.

Volunteer activities included his membership in CERT and he was also a 32nd Degree Master Mason, (member of the California Blue Lodge), and a member of the Scottish Rite and Shrine.     

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy and served three tours during the Vietnam War. 

A Master Model Builder, he worked for Northrop Grumman Corporation for over 23 years and was one of the original team members to actually assemble the original prototype of the B-2 Bomber and continued with that program exclusively throughout his career.

He loved to travel and fish, was an accomplished photographer, talented woodworker, former Master Diver and an avid motorcyclist.

He especially relished his role as Saint Nicholas for Binns Photography during the past two Christmas seasons.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to either his grandchildren’s educational fund (Austin County State Bank, Bellville, Texas) or to the Bellville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 1109, Bellville, Texas 77418.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. on Valentine Day, Saturday, Feb. 14 at Buffalo Creek Winery, Bellville.  Anyone who would like to join his family and friends as he is toasted at sunset will be most welcome.   

Known for having a fun-loving disposition and wicked sense of humor, he was adamant that the end of his life was to be celebrated with joy and not with sorrow.

Final interment will be at the U.S. Houston National Cemetery with a private family service.


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