David Carl Boothby

David Carl BoothbyROCK HILL - David (Dave) Carl Boothby, 74, passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at his home, surrounded by love with his wife, Candy, his children and many of his grandchildren at his side. He was born March 15, 1939, in Nashville, Tenn. The oldest of five children, Dave grew up on a farm in Gobles, Mich. At a young age, he worked in the family construction business, where he learned from his parents, Russell and Marion Boothby, the skills needed to operate a small business. He attended Gobles High School and Andrews University. He served for three years in the U.S. Army until he was called back to take care of the family farm after the death of his father. He loved to tell the story about his very first night in the military; he was put on alert for the Cuban Missile Crisis. As an adult, he lived in Kalamazoo, Mich., until he and Candy married and they moved to Rock Hill, S.C., because he was really tired of shoveling snow! After moving to South Carolina, Dave established a small business in Rock Hill. He epitomized the work ethic of his generation. Dave recently told Candy that his greatest satisfaction in life was to work and that was evident in his day-to-day life. He rarely sat to relax during the daylight hours unless there was a NASCAR race or a USC or Carolina Panthers game on TV. Dave's hobbies and interests, in addition to working, included his perennial cottage garden, attending any sports events that his grandchildren were involved in, Nascar, USC football, bowling, his backhoe tractor, his garden tractor and decorating with Christmas lights to the extreme. At the age of 73, he went skydiving for the first time, and if not for the cancer in his spine, he would have taken up skydiving as a hobby. As a beloved papa, he was famous in the family for his chocolate chip pancakes. He was a charter member of the Rock Hill SDA Church, which he helped to build. He enjoyed campaigning for Nikki Haley and put out and later picked up 150 campaign signs to help win her election as South Carolina governor. Dave was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Linda First; and granddaughters, Bailey Sue Boothby-Vess and Addison Grace Lessmeister. Surviving are his adoring wife of 34 years, Candace "Candy" Boothby; sons, Michael Folkes (Marilyn) of Glendora, Calif., and Jon Beck (Jessica) of Columbia, S.C.; daughters, Carmel Presse of Palm Bay, Fla., Jami Boothby (Clay Evans) of Lamont, Fla., and Kelly Lessmeister (Brad) of Catawba, S.C.; grandchildren, Tyrel Folkes, Britny Cernyar, Eric and Alyssa Presse, Tyler Evans, Jacob, David and Madi Sioux Beck, and Breanna, Lily, Braden, Emilee and Briggs Lessmeister; great-granddaughter, Kaia Cernyar; brothers, Herb Boothby (Sue) of Naples, Fla., and Russell Boothby (Sherry )of Leesburg, Fla.; and sister, Wanda Martz (Larry) of Leesburg, Fla. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home. The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Rock Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rock Hill Parks Foundation to benefit the Rock Hill Outdoor Center at Riverwalk, P.O. Box 11706, Rock Hill, SC 29731-1706 or to the Marijuana Policy Project (mpp.org) as during his illness, Dave became convinced through personal experience that marijuana should be legalized for medicinal use. Online condolences may be registered at basscares.com.

Funeral Home

Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home
700 Heckle Boulevard Rock Hill, SC 29732

Published in The Herald on Sept. 18, 2013