Jessie Doris (Brown) Bingham, of Arlington and Kosse, passed away at Arlington Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at age 92.
Visitation will be held Friday, February 21, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday, February 22, 2020 in the First United Methodist Church of Kosse, with Rev. Bill Laubenberg officiating. Burial will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Virgil Bingham, Steve Bingham, Brian Bingham, Zach Bingham, Doug Kay, Jim Bailey, Zach Haynie, Ryan Haynie, Larry Nolan, and Kendell Coffer.
Doris was born December 17, 1927 to Odie and Alex Brown in Fort Worth, where she grew up and graduated from Northside High School.
Doris married the love of her life, Bobby Ray “Bob” Bingham and they lived in Fort Worth, while she and Bob both worked for AT&T (Southwestern Bell). During her thirty-seven years with the company, she was a manager for the last thirty, and this was a time when not many women were managers over a group of men. In 1968, Doris and Bob moved to a bigger house in Arlington while continuing to work in Fort Worth.
Bob and Doris bought some land at Kosse for a “get-away” from the city. Doris’ parents both had family in Kosse and she had visited there often. After they retired, they moved to the ranch at Kosse, and while Bob was occupied with horses and cattle and serving as Justice of the Peace, Doris opened an antique store downtown. She and Bob attended estate sales and auctions and filled their homes, in addition to the store, with their collections. Bob and Doris were members of the Trinity Baptist Church in Fort Worth and attended the First United Methodist Church when living in Kosse.
Doris and Bob moved back to their home in Arlington and Doris worked for the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo for twenty plus years. Bob was her “Uber” driver to work and back every day. Her job began each year in November and by January she was working seven days a week until the season ended in February.
Once the stock show was over, she and Bob headed to the Eldorado Casino in Shreveport on a regular basis. This was Doris’s love and Bob again was her “Uber” driver because he said the only gambling he did was on the cattle. Doris however knew and was friends with everyone from the General Manager, to the dealers to the pit boss. Their membership in the VIP club had occurred ten years earlier when her treasured red Cadillac was flooded in the parking garage, and the hotel tried their best to make up for the damage to her car. She was known by name and everyone enjoyed trying to please her. After Bob passed away, Virgil and Cheryl became her “Uber” drivers for her monthly trips.
Doris was a beautiful, talented and classy lady, and smart and sharp all her life. Her husband Bob had catered to her every wish, and when Doris lost him, she never got over her broken heart.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Ann Brown and Arnold and Mildred Brown; her husband Bob in June 2019; and then her son Jim Bingham in September 2019.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Virgil and Cheryl Bingham; son, Steve Bingham; daughter-in-law, Sonja Bingham; grandchildren, Brian Bingham, Cassidy and Travis Waybourn, Meredith Honeycutt, Brittany and Chris Chambers, Zach Bingham, Krista Bingham, Kirsten Bingham, and Katrina Bingham; great grandchildren, Caidyn Waybourn, Sadie Honeycutt, Carsyn Waybourn, Sydney Honeycutt, Kynslee Loudermilk, Cash Waybourn, Marlie Chambers, and Ryan Chambers.