William Oscar Booth, Jr (Bill) joined dear friends and family in heaven Saturday December 31, 2016.
Services will be held Tuesday January 3rd at noon at Heritage Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Garner presiding, along with Pastor Jon Wiggins and Dr. Bennie Crockett . Visitation will be from 11 to 12 and the family will have a private graveside following the services at Heritage Chapel.
Bill was born February 28, 1931 in Ensley, AL and lived in Tuscaloosa for most of his life. \\\\\\\"Sonny\\\\\\\" as he was known was raised in the Forest Lake Community and Forest Lake Baptist Church. He proudly grew up as one of the Pullen Town boys.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William Oscar Booth and Gertie Channell Booth; sister Margaret Crockett, and grandson William Andrew (Will) Booth.
He is survived by his beautiful wife of 62 years, Mary Lena McCullough Booth; children, Keith Booth (Ann), Gail Booth Shannahan (Dan), Lynne Booth Donoghue (Joe), Charlotte Booth Walker (Johnny), Mark Booth, and Paul Booth (Linda). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Margaret Booth Moss (Brent), Anna Booth, Sarah Shannahan, Danny Shannahan, Lauren Donoghue, Leslie Donoghue, and Danielle Wilson.
Bill attended Tuscaloosa High School and graduated from Marion Military Institute and the University of Alabama with a degree in Chemistry. He served as a corporal in the US Army during the Korean War stationed at the Arsenal in Pine Bluff Arkansas, where he was fortunate to meet and marry Lena, his beloved wife. After completing his military service Bill and Lena returned to Tuscaloosa where he joined Reichhold Chemical as a research chemist. During his 38 years at Reichhold he served in many roles as Vice President, Plant Manager, and many sales and technical positions. He launched many new products and facilities in Oklahoma, Texas, on the whole east coast and Canada. He retired in 1987.
Bill was a devoted member of Skyland Boulevard Baptist Church where he was the first person to greet you in the parking lot each Sunday. He taught Sunday School for many years and served on the benevolence and personnel committees.
The family would like to thank the wonderful doctors and nurses who cared for dad especially Dr. Tosh Atkins, Dr. Km D. Chandra, Dr. John Warren, Dr. David Hitt , DCH 3rd floor ICU team, Forest Manor Rehab, and the caring staff of West Alabama Hospice.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that remembrances be made to his favorite charities, John Croyle’s Big Oak Ranch PO Box 507 Springville, AL 35146, Hospice of West Alabama or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 35105.
Visitation will be from 11 to 12 and the family will have a private graveside following the services at Heritage Chapel.
Services will be held Tuesday January 3rd at noon at Heritage Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Garner presiding, along with Pastor Jon Wiggins and Dr. Bennie Crockett.
So sorry to hear of your Dad\'s passing.
To Keith, Ann, Mark and the rest of the family, we are holding you all in our prayers as you go through this time of loss. We did not have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Booth, but knowing Keith and Mark is enough to know that Mr. Booth was an outstanding gentleman. Kids do not grow up to be such gentlemen themselves by accident. May God bless you and Keep you.
Mark sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.