Art was a born near Cold Friday in Harrison County, Indiana and was a United States Navy veteran. He was a retired self-employed welder and mechanic. He had been a successful stock car driver in the 1940s and 50s until he was injured in 1958, which ended his driving career. His wife was Mary Ann Bedaine. They had one son, James Binkley. Art was the son of Carl Binkley and Leona Pate. His siblings were Myrtle, Rose, Harvey, Blanche, Raymond, Roy Paul, Charles and Fern Binkley. The funeral was at 1 p.m., Wednesday 7 Feb 2007 at the Market Street location of Seabrook Dieckmann and Naville in New Albany.