In Memoriam: Harry Crawford Binion


The entire Hummingbird team is saddened to share that our beloved agency founder, president, and managing partner Harry Crawford Binion passed peacefully in his home on Sunday, May 30. There have been many great advertising men and women throughout the years, and our team and clients would certainly speak to Crawford’s standing as one of the greats of our industry. To us, he was more than a founding partner and owner of our company—he was family. He will be missed greatly by our team members, clients, and the Mobile business community.


Harry Crawford Binion

August 16, 1952 – May 30, 2021

Harry Crawford Binion passed away peacefully at his home on May 30, 2021, at the age of 68. Born in Mobile on August 16, 1952, Crawford was the son of Mack B. Binion, Jr., and Glenn Crawford Binion Leatherbury.

After graduating from UMS-Wright, Crawford received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and History from Vanderbilt University where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. In 1974 Crawford left his beloved “Dores” in Nashville and moved to Los Angeles where he plied his numerous talents in various roles in the film industry; principally in screenwriting. Crawford was a lifelong member of The Writers Guild of America.

Crawford returned to Mobile in the late-1980’s and dedicated his talents to what would become a long and successful career in advertising and marketing. In 2004, and like his Grandfather and name-sake Harry Glenn Crawford, Crawford established the advertising and marketing firm, Hummingbird Ideas, Inc. Hummingbird’s successes were attributable to Crawford’s quiet creativity, his ever-present smile, and his impromptu sense of humor.

Crawford is survived by his beloved wife, Elizabeth Hedberg Binion, who lovingly and painstakingly cared for Crawford through his courageous battle with cancer.   

In addition to his numerous friends and his loyal Staff and Associates at Hummingbird, Crawford is survived by his sister, Donna McFall (Don); his brother, Mack Binion (Judy); his nieces, Katherine Perrow (Moseby); Anna Mayeske (Jon); Mary Groves (Carter); and his nephew, Bruner Binion (Hadley).   

A Visitation will be held on Friday, June 4, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Radney Funeral Home, 3155 Dauphin Street, Mobile. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Mobile SPCA would be appreciated; including that of Crawford’s loyal and faithful companion, Harley.