Funeral services for Wilburn T. Booth, 81, of Lufkin will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Denman Avenue Baptist Church with Brother Jeff Moats, Brother Charles Roberts, Brother Kevin Roy and Brother Keith Nash officiating, and Brother Ron Meadows, music. Interment will follow in the Largent Cemetery.
Brother Booth was born October 15, 1931 in Liberty, Texas to the late Helen V. (Green) and Joe H. Booth. He died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at his residence.
Brother Booth graduated from Hardin High School in 1950 and was the Valedictorian of his class. He graduated from the University of Corpus Christi in 1954 with a BA in Bible, and graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1963 with a MA in Divinity. From there, he pastored Mineral Springs Baptist Church, Bedias First Baptist Church, and Cottage Grove Baptist Church in Houston. He then served as Camp Manager and Administrator for 25 years at the Peach Creek Baptist Assembly in New Caney and the Camp Copass Baptist Encampment in Denton. After retiring to Lufkin in 1996, Brother Booth continued his ministry by doing interim pastorates and interim camp administration. He was currently a member and deacon of Denman Avenue Baptist Church.
Brother Booth was involved with the Texas Baptist Men Retiree Builders, Civil Air Patrol as a ham radio operator, SBC Disaster Relief Program, Senior Adult Bowling League, member and officer of the Southern Baptist Camp Managers Association. He was an avid outdoorsman.
He met and married Shirley Rae Blewett in Corpus Christi on September 25, 1954, and was married for 56 years until her death in December 2010. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Jeni and Ted Williams of Rosebud, Texas, Sheri and Mike Cassin of Lufkin, and Lauri and Brian Pendland of Palestine; son, Joe Churchill of Wilmer, Alabama; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Nancy Blewett of Kingsbury, Texas; grandchildren and spouses, Carey and Rachel Williams of Denton, Ben and Alyssa Williams of Moffit, Veronica and Gary Amoe of Lufkin, Valory and Shaun Crosby of Oakwood, Kaili Jo Williams of Rosebud, Morgan Churchill of Pensacola, Florida, Joe and Stacy Pendland of California, Jason and Holly Pendland of Round Rock, and Jeremy Pendland of Palestine; great grandchildren, Heather Chambers of Denton, Branson Williams of Moffit, Austin Williams of Denton, Aaron Williams, Cameron Williams, Paisleigh Williams, all of Moffitt, and Emerie Crosby of Oakwood; nieces and nephews, Kevin Blewett, Michelle Targun, Beth Cassarona, Kathy Everett, Robert Booth, and Tim Booth.
Brother Booth was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley; and his brother, Leonard Booth.
Pallbearers will be Randy Arnold, Glenn McDaniel, Eric Pope, Matt Jordan, John Jordan, David Burke and Terry Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Lusk, Bob Waltman, Buddy Jordan and James Jones.
He truly loved his Lord and in everything he did in his life, he exemplified Christ. He has touched countless lives through his many years of ministry.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Denman Avenue Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1351, Lufkin, Texas 75901; Pineywoods Baptist Encampment, 6272 East US Highway 287, Woodlake, Texas 75865; or to Hospice in the Pines, 1504 West Frank, Lufkin, Texas 75904.
The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at Carroway Funeral Home in Lufkin.
Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com .