John Booth, born February 8, 1932, in Rocky Mount to Alfred Lee and Gladys Hornthal Booth, died on Saturday, August 9, 2014.
A celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1725 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh.
John is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia Daniel Booth; their daughter, Sara Booth and her Husband, Gary Panetta, their granddaughter, Holly Panetta of Dubuque, Iowa; and their son, John Booth Jr., and his wife, Melissa Grosse Booth of Durham. Also surviving are his brother, Louis Booth of Rocky Mount; his sister, Inez Booth Bregger of Silver Spring, MD as well as his sister-in-law, Connie Booth of Goldsboro; and many treasured godchildren, nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by siblings Martha, Florence, Mary Anna, Louise, Elizabeth, Lee, Bill and Herman.
Following graduation from Rocky Mount High School, John served in the U.S. Navy during theKorean Conflict as an aviation ordnance man stationed in Key West, Fla. Afterwards he used his GI Bill benefits to attend and graduate from East Carolina University.
John had a long and distinguished career in city and state government. He was involved in multi-county planning efforts and was a driving force in the creation of that aspect of Government in North Carolina. In addition to this work, he was the principal professional with the Coastal Plains Regional Commission, a federal state cooperative effort to improve the economic health of the states along the Atlantic Seaboard. For these efforts and others, he was awarded the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine”, North Carolina’s highest honor in 1986.
John fully enjoyed his retirement years traveling with Pat across the US and Canada buying antiques and collectibles, which he sold in shops in Raleigh and on eBay. He treasured his family and his many friends from the St. Mark’s community, from his career in state government and from his years as an antiques dealer.
John’s presence, goodness, character and wit will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark’s Memorial Garden, where John’s ashes will be interred following the service.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary’s St.