Dr. Raymond R. Booth, 80, passed away on Monday, July 9, 2012. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m., on Saturday, July 14, 2012, at Point Chapel Assembly of God in Doyline. Officiating will be the Rev. Richard Bolt, Pastor, and the Rev. Lee Nunley, Pastor Emeritus, both of Point Chapel Assembly of God. Interment will follow at Point Chapel Cemetery, Doyline.
Born June 4, 1932, to Fred and Florence Booth on their farm outside of Doyline, their son, Raymond Booth, became one of the Webster Parish elite in 1980 by earning his Doctorate in Public Administration from Nova University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
He previously earned two Masters, one in 1979 in Public Administration from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the second in 1974 in Education from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He received two Bachelor of Arts, one in 1961 from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and the second one from Southwestern Assemblies of God Bible College in Waxahachie, Texas.
Dr. Booth continued his education from 1992-2004, 12 years, learning Hebrew Language course studies at both The Congregation of Agudath Achim and The Congregation of B'Nai Zion in Shreveport.
He served in the United States Air Force as an Airman Chaplain Services Specialist. He served in the 10th Air Division under the Alaskan Air Command at Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage, Alaska. He was transferred to Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio where he was Honorably Discharged in January of 1960. He served altogether for four years from 1952-1956 and was with the Reserves for an additional four years until his honorable discharge.
From 1959-1961 he worked for Brown Express in San Antonio, Texas as a part-time billing clerk. Dr. Booth was employed by the San Antonio Independent School District from 1961-1987 as a History Teacher at Brachkenridge High School from which he also retired.
He was a Sunday School teacher, Worship Leader, and Outreach Minister for 26 years at Highlands Assembly of God Church in San Antonio, Texas. He also served as a Prison Minister from 1969-1983 with the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Center, San Antonio, Texas.
While in Texas, he was ordained as a minister with the Assemblies of God in April of 1976. Upon his retirement, Dr. Booth moved back to Doyline, and taught Sunday School from 1987 to 2007 at Point Chapel Assembly of God. He was involved in ministry with the Louisiana Downs Racetrack Chaplaincy from 1987 to 1992 and served as Chaplaincy President from 1990-1992.
His leisure interests were woodworking, restoration of antique automobiles, farming, and music. As an accomplished musician, he played all stringed instruments, and in 1961 formed the popular Country Western Band in Texas called the Sundowners. During this time with the Sundowners, he appeared with Meredith McRae (Billy Jo of "Petticoat Junction") and George Lindsey (Goober of the "Andy Griffith Show") on a United Cerebral Palsy telethon in Corpus Christi, Texas. After the 1980's he transitioned to Gospel music full time.
He loved God with all his heart and loved country bluegrass gospel music. He was a member of "The Messengers," a gospel music ministry team, along with his late brother, Albert Booth, fellow friend and minister, Brother Eddie Sowders, with other close friends, too.
In 1945, at the tender age of 12 years old, he gave his heart and life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This, by far, of all his life's accomplishments is the most important and gives peace to his family and friends who loved him dearly including his wife, Maralyn DiAnne Booth; daughter, Karen L. Booth and her mother, Gloria P. Booth; step-daughter, Lauren T. Coleman; brothers, Jack S. Booth, Jimmy Booth and Joe Booth; and sister, Dixie Booth Coyle.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Leon Booth and Florence Norris Booth; sister, Christine Booth Reeve; and brother, Albert Booth.
Pallbearers will be Hollis Sharp, David Grove, Gary Coyle, Richard Dick, Dennis Booth and Chris Lee.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Booth, Joe Booth, Jack Booth, Barry Booth, Rickie Reeve, Jr., Rickie Reeve, Sr., Jonathan Booth, Lee Ballentine, Jeffery Booth and Danny Booth.