Monday, August 2, 2021
Celebration of Life: Melba Fitzpatrick Binion
By Sentinel News Service
Published April 1, 2021

Melba Fitzpatrick Binion

Melba Fitzpatrick Binion was the last of nine children born to Valentine Arthur and Lishia (Cogborn) Fitzpatrick on November 3, 1932 in Jefferson County, Alabama. A 27-year veteran kindergarten teacher for Compton Unified School District, graduate of Council Elementary School, Parker High School, Alabama State University (BA Education) and the University of San Francisco (MA Education Administration).

She loved God (“Blessed and highly favored”), Christ Lutheran Church in Compton, Family, Las Vegas, road trips in her RV, Kobe Bryant, all things Aretha Franklin and her school alumni association.

She met Tarlton M. Binion, Jr. while attending Alabama State and they later married. From this union she born seven children, Reva Ann (deceased), Tarltonette, Melba (Michael), Francessa (Donald), Tarlton Steven (deceased), Valencia (Gregory) and Gabrielle.


Through the years, her family grew to include six granddaughters, six grandsons, three great-grandsons and two great-granddaughters.

In addition, she leaves a host of relatives, in-laws, and friends to keep her loving memory alive in their hearts, minds and spoken words.

Categories: Celebration of Life
Tags: | | | | | | | |

Get the Los Angeles Sentinel App!

Since 1933 The Voice of Our Community Speaking for Itself.
88 Years of LA Sentinel.
Black News.

Black Fact of the Day

Photo of the Day


LA Sentinel
in your pocket:


LA Watts Times

© 2021 Los Angeles Sentinel All Rights Reserved • A Bakewell Media Publication

AboutArchivesContact UsCorrections & MisprintsMedia Kit

Terms of ServicePrivacy Policy

LA Watts TimesTaste of Soul

Close / I'm already on the list

Subscribe Today!

Don't be limited anymore! Subscribe Now »

** Existing subscribers, please Login / Register for Digital »

Subscribe to The Los Angeles Sentinel for only $5.99 $3.99 per month, with 1 month free!

Relax in comfort each week as you read the printed newspaper on your own time, delivered weekly to your home or office. This subscription also includes UNLIMITED DIGITAL ACCESS for all of your devices. Includes FREE shipping! One easy payment of $3.99/month gets you:

Subscribe Now »