Mr. James M. Booker Sr., affectionately known as Jimmy Booker, of 330 Osage Road, Petersburg, Va., was called home to be with Jesus on Jan. 15, 2013.
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Jimmy was born on Nov. 29, 1925, to the late Emmitt and Lottie C. Booker. Jimmy is married to Bertha Norman Booker, formerly of Portsmouth, Va. The youngest of three children, Jimmy was preceded in death by a daughter, Ruth Camm, and his brother, Benjamin Franklin Booker (Thelma). His siblings and their spouses are Ruth LaVerne Hailstock of Atlantic City, N.J., and Valerie Harris (William) of Chesterfield, Va.
Jimmy leaves to cherish his memories, one son, James Booker Jr. (Charleen); two daughters, Brenda Bohannon and Patricia Booker (Qaadir Hasan); five grandchildren, Amanda Miller (Antonio), Christopher Burnette, Dominique Camm, Jonathan Bohannon and Nikkia Camm; three great-grandchildren, Antonio Jr., Mikah and Kennedy Miller; one devoted cousin, Thomas Crawley (Janet); one sister-in-law, Thelma Booker of Somerset, N.J.; 11 nieces and nephews, Frances Parham (Sam), Jacquelyne Hill, Kim Martin (Stanley), Benjamin Booker Jr. (Andrea), Karl Booker (Cynthia), Joan Cunningham (Lester), William Pitt (Veronica), Nathaniel Pitt Jr., Barbara Thomas, Michael Pitt (Sandra) and Janet Seward, a special niece and caretaker. Jimmy will be missed by a host of other devoted family and friends.
Jimmy was a 1943 graduate of Peabody High School and pursued a course of study in tailoring at Virginia State College. His studies were interrupted by the draft in 1944. He served at Naval stations included the Great Lakes, Corpus Cristi and bases in the Philippines. He received an honorable discharge in 1946. Returning to Petersburg, Jimmy was co-partner of an upholstery shop, taught woodworking and carpentry at the Petersburg Training School and was later hired into the U.S. Post Office. He worked as a letter carrier, supervisor, substitute post master and an EEO counselor until he retired in 1985.
A member of Zion Baptist Church, Jimmy loved to sing. He was active in the J.B. Brown Memorial Choir, the A.J. White Male Chorus, the Male Chorus at First Baptist Church, Harrison Street, and the A.A. Johnson Masonic Male Chorus. He received the Father of the Year Honor in July of 2000.
He was a jewel of the 12th District Prince Hall Masons. He served the Eureka Lodge #15 as Master, secretary and treasurer, receiving his 50th year pin in 2011.
An attentive and active community member, Jimmy held positions as chairman of the Electoral Board of Petersburg and holds a lifetime member of the NAACP.
His philosophy of life was two-fold: "Study to show yourself approved ..." and "bring up a child in the way he should go ..."
A funeral service for Mr. James M. Booker Sr. will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Zion Baptist Church, 225 Byrne St., Petersburg, Va.; the Rev. Dr. Archie German, interim pastor, officiating and the Rev Dr. Andrew J. White Sr., pastor emeritus, eulogist. Interment to follow in Wilkerson Memorial Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the funeral establishment.
The family will also receive friends at the 330 Osage Road, Petersburg, Va., and may be contacted by calling 804-733-4631.
Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mr. Booker at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
J M Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc.
102 South Avenue
Petersburg, VA 23803
Published in The Progress-Index from Jan. 16 to Jan. 17, 2013