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Charles Tiffany "Tif" Bingham
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Birth: Jun. 19, 1933
Death: Sep. 27, 2009

Charles Tiffany Bingham, 76, of Memphis, Tennessee, passed away peacefully on September 27, 2009 after a courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease. Mr. Bingham ("Tif") was the son of the late Charles T. Bingham, M.D. and Kathleen Howell Bingham of Farmington, Connecticut. He was the oldest grandson of Hiram Bingham, the former U.S. Senator from Connecticut and explorer who discovered the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, in Peru. A graduate of The Groton School and Yale University, Tif moved to Memphis in 1960 to begin his career with Conwood Corporation as a Vice President and served on the Board of Directors. He had a lengthy history of involvement with various civic organizations in the city of Memphis and was the Executive Director of the Memphis Chamber of Commerce from 1979 through 1984. He was a member of Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Tif was a past president and one of the original founders of Memphis in May and was also appointed chairman of the first Jobs Conference by former Tennessee Governor, Lamar Alexander. Additionally, he served as a Captain in the Marine Corps as a fighter pilot from 1956 through 1960. He founded the Mid-South Parkinson's Disease Foundation in 1993 and was a major supporter of The Decorative Arts Trust at the Brooks Museum. He was a member of The Memphis Hunt and Polo Club and Chevaliers du Tastevin. Tif was an avid sailor and antiques collector who was happiest when spending time with his wife Sandy in Tenants Harbor, Maine and traveling around the world. He is survived by his loving wife of twenty seven years, Sandy Dickey Bingham; two daughters, Eleanor Bingham Mallory of Atlanta, GA and Grace Bingham Ott of Cape Elizabeth, ME; a son, Charles Bingham of Hong Kong, China, and a sister, Heidi Stott of Johns Island, FL. He also leaves five grandsons, Michael Ott, Jr., Louis Ott, and Curtis Ott of Cape Elizabeth, ME; Daniel Mallory, Miles Mallory and a granddaughter, Alice Bingham Mallory of Atlanta, GA. Services will be held at Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 30, with burial to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation located at 6580 Poplar Avenue #112, Germantown, TN 38138. Canale Funeral Directors (Published in The Commercial Appeal on September 29, 2009)

If Charles "Tif" Bingham and a handful of other forward thinkers hadn't come together, there might never have been a Memphis in May. No music festival. No barbecue competition. No symphony on the riverbank. No salutes to a foreign country. Because Mr. Bingham joined forces with such others as Lyman Aldrich, Rodney Baber and George Brown Jr., Memphis in May, now in its fourth decade, continues to thrive. "(His contribution) was enormous. He was there right at the beginning when we started formulating the whole idea," Aldrich said. Mr. Bingham, the second president of the international festival, died Sunday after a long fight with Parkinson's disease. He was 76. "Tif was probably the dominant influence on Memphis in May on the international business side. He was also out actively promoting the festival in the business community," Baber added. A graduate of The Groton School and Yale University, Mr. Bingham came from a well-connected East Coast family. His grandfather was Hiram Bingham, a U.S. senator from Connecticut credited with discovering Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." Mr. Bingham came to Memphis in 1960 to serve as vice president with the Conwood Corporation. He also led the Memphis Regional Chamber from 1979-84 and was chairman of the first Jobs Conference here. Mr. Bingham also established the Mid-South Parkinson's Disease Foundation in 1993, after he was diagnosed with the degenerative condition. "That was just a great demonstration of his courage and his love of life. He wasn't going to let Parkinson's or anything else slow him down," said his wife, Sandy Bingham. "He wanted people to see you could have Parkinson's and still have a great life." He also played a large role in getting Memphis included in the "Hands Across America" event in 1986. About 7 million people joined hands to try and form a link across the country. "Tif was very instrumental in getting Memphis on the route. It was a huge boon for this city, economically. The hotels were filled," longtime friend Paula Casey said. Mr. Bingham, who took his nickname from his middle name "Tiffany," an old family name, was remembered by his friends as an elegant, mannered man. "Tif was a very impressive guy to meet. A very handsome guy," Baber said. "Very well-dressed. Once you met him and got to know him a little bit, you found out he was a great, down-to-earth person." In addition to his wife of 27 years, Mr. Bingham leaves two daughters, Eleanor Mallory of Atlanta and Grace Ott of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; a son, Charles Bingham of Hong Kong; a sister, Heidi Stott of Johns Island, Fla; and six grandchildren. Services were Wednesday at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church, where he was a member, with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. (By Jody Callahan, published in The Commercial Appeal 10/2/2009)

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Memorial Park Cemetery
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
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Record added: Sep 29, 2009
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Charles Tiffany Tif Bingham
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