After an extended illness, Buddy peacefully took the hand of his Lord and Savior on November 8,2017 in the quiet presence of his loving wife, Peggy Lewis Booth, of 56 years at St. Dominic Hospital, Jackson, MS. Visitation will be held 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Friday, November 10, 2017 at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Morton and 9:30am – 10:30am Saturday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Saturday, November 11, 2017 from the Ott & Lee Chapel in Morton with burial in Morton Memorial Gardens. Bro. Earl Clark will officiate the services. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Morton.
Buddy was born May 26, 1938 at his grandmother and grandfather’s home in the Two Mile Community to W.T. and Christene Weeks Booth. The doctor thinking he was dead, threw him on the bed and started working to save his mother. After a time someone said this baby is not dead. He has suffered through several illnesses through the years that the doctors thought he would not survive. His family always told him he was like the “Pink Bunny.” He just kept on going, but this time, the Lord said he had finished all the task assigned to him here on earth and it was time to come home.
In 1961 he married his highschool sweetheart, while attending Mississippi State University. During this marriage they had three beautiful daughters, four grandsons and one granddaughter. Upon graduation from MSU he went to work for the Pillsbury Company in Ellijay, GA. He was later transferred to Jasper, AL. He left Pillsbury and worked for the Marshall Durbin Company in Alabama and Waynesboro, MS all the while making plans to one day come back home to Morton, MS where his roots were. He moved his family back to Morton in 1970 and later had the opportunity to go into sales for Ross Poultry Breeders, whose home office was in Edinburg, Scotland. He worked for them for 25 years and retired as their National Sales Director, traveling the whole United States and Canada. After retirement his enjoyment came from fishing, working on his farm, watching his grandsons play ball, granddaughter swim and just being with his family and loving them.
He became very civic minded when returning to Morton and Scott County. He served as a member of the Scott County School Board for 12 years and then served the City of Morton Board of Alderman for 16 years. The last nine years he served as Mayor Pro Tem.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Brandi Booth; parents, W.T. and Christene Weeks Booth; brother, Johnny Booth; in-laws, J.B. (Jake) and Mildred Lewis; sister-in-law, Linda Lewis Sugg and niece, Laurie Sugg.
He is survived by his wife , Peggy Lewis Booth of Morton; daughters, Kim Nixon (Darrin) of Brandon, Michelle Roberts (Bill) of Brandon , four grandsons, Colby Roberts (Christy), Hunter Roberts, Layton Jake Roberts and Jade Nixon and granddaughter, Baili Nixon; sister-in-law, Nan Harrison (Bud); nephews, John Booth (Michelle), Barry Booth (Jamie) all of GA; Lee Sugg (Amy), Joel Sugg of Morton; niece, Carol Padgett (Jeff) of GA; special friends, Elouise and Sonny Evans of Morton; also a number of cousins, great nieces and nephews, lots of other friends and all his fishing buddies.
Pallbearers will be John Booth, Barry booth, Robert Nutt, David Irby, Wilber McCurdy, Bryant Risher, Greg Butler and Ron Neal. Honorary pallbearers will be all of his fishing buddies and the high school Class of 1956.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the MS Kidney Foundation, 3000 Old Canton Road, Suite 110, Jackson, MS 39216.