Raleigh James Booth passed away on February 4, 2022. He was born on September 7, 1937, in Wallins Creek, KY to Ross and Nannie Booth. It was a very large family and he was surrounded by siblings and love. After graduating from Wallins Creek High School, he went on to attend Lincoln Memorial Universityin New Tazwell, TN. He then enlisted in the Air Force where he served over 4 years until he was honorably discharged. The Air Force gave him the opportunity to travel the world and he often spoke of it fondly. In the late sixties he settled down in Akron, OH, married his wife, Becky, and had two daughters, Channon and Michelle. Raleigh was a drywall contractor by trade, but his real love was for the outdoors. On a sunny day you could always find him fishing and on a snowy day he was hunting. He loved living on the lake and would take anyone out for a boat ride. He had a lot of friends in the Portage Lakes and will be missed by many.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Nannie Booth, his wife of 50 years, Rebecca Sue (nee Mattie) Booth, his parents in-law, Howard and Leona (nee Bellman) Mattie, and his siblings Carl Booth, Bonnie Booth, Irene Peterson, Charles Booth, and half-brother Claude Booth.
He is survived by his daughters Channon (Christopher) Booth and Michelle (Warren) Price, grandchildren Mirren, Oliver, Renata, and Lauren, his siblings Lucille Ironsmith, Christine Godsey, Bill Booth, Herbert Booth, Betty Fisher, many brothers and sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Burial will take place at The Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery 10175 Rawiga Road, Seville, OH 44273, Thursday, February 10 at 2:30pm. A brief service and full military honors will be held. PLEASE MEET AT THE FRONT GATE AT 2:15 P.M.
A Celebration of Life will follow at The American Legion from 4pm-7pm, Garfield Memorial Post, 2974 Cormany Road, Akron, OH 44319. Flowers, cards, and other gifts can be sent to the American Legion.
"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die". -Thomas Campbell
Flowers can be sent to the American Legion at the address above.
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