Benjamin F. Booth
Hancock County Courier
March 24, 2011
Benjamin “Ben” Franklin Booth, 89, of Newell, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2011.
Born September 9, 1921 in East Liverpool, he was a son of the late Ben and Ella Pritchard Booth.
Ben was a World War II, Army veteran. He retired from Globe Brick. Ben was a Charter Member of the Glendale Church of the Nazarene, where he served as song leader, choir director, Sunday School teacher and board member. He was past president of the Upper Hancock County Community Hymn Sing. Ben and his wife, Bea, loved to sing hymns and share devotions at local nursing homes.
Ben was well known and loved by many people in the Tri-State Area as Santa Claus.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice “Bea” Booth, who he married January 24, 1942; four brothers, Bob, Bill, Willard and Harold Booth and a sister, Dorothy Kirby.
Surviving are his daughter, Jane (Cliff) Tiller of Newell; a son, Benjamin Charles (Judy) Booth of North Carolina; his grandchildren, Rich and Jade Booth and family, Eric Booth, Shannon Booth, Les and Tonya Taylor, Brent and Kim Appleby and Kevan and Angie Nelson and family; and two great grandchildren, Monica Taylor and Faith Appleby.
Funeral services were held on Monday, March 21, 2011, at the Glendale Church of the Nazarene in Newell. Pastor Scott Henry officiated. The Tri-State Veterans Burial Group and the WV National Honor Guard conducted military services. Private burial followed in Shadow Lawn Memory Gardens, Newell.