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Paul W. Booth

Paul Wayne Booth died on Tuesday, December 25, 2007, in Houston, Texas. Born on July 30, 1929, in Caraway, Paul was the youngest child of Arthur Irvin Booth and Martha Isabell Wood Booth. Paul was preceded in death by his mother and father; by his brothers Orville Booth, Troy Booth, Carl Booth, Boyd Booth, Buford Booth, and Virgil Booth; by his sister Ruby Booth Murphy; and by his beloved wife, Lavanda Joan Colbert Booth.
Paul graduated from Central High School in Caraway in 1946, and on December 29, 1949, married Lavanda. He was twenty, she was seventeen, and for the next 56 years they shared a journey of love, laughter, adventure, and devotion to each other. Paul graduated from Arkansas State University in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, was awarded a Master of Arts in Sociology by the University of Louisville, Kentucky in 1968, received a Master of Divinity degree from St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri in 1975, and took a number of courses at the University of Missouri-Kansas City graduate school of management.
Paul spent the early years of his career as a farmer; during that time he was active in the community and the Republican Party, and from 1953 until 1961 served as pastor of the Caraway branch of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now Community of Christ), having been ordained a priest in the RLDS church in 1952 and an elder in 1953. In 1962 he accepted appointment as a full-time minister and served in many administrative and ministerial capacities for the church in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, Australia, Tahiti, and the Philippines. Paul was a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles of the RLDS church from 1974 through 1992 and served as the Council¯s president from 1984 until 1988. He was ordained Presiding Evangelist of the church in 1992, and was superannuated as an evangelist upon his retirement in 1994. During his career he served on numerous world church committees, and chaired committees tasked with studying such issues as the role of women in the church (the committee concluded in its report that ¯we know of no theological reason why women should not be ordained in the church¯), close communion, and induced abortion. Paul wrote and presented at meetings of church leadership major papers on theological stances and the future of the church, not a few of which were considered controversial. Following his retirement, he served at various times as a member of the Graceland University Board of Trustees, a member of the Graceland University Seminary Board of Trustees, president of Outreach International, president of the Restoration Trails Foundation, and chairman of the Community of Christ Investment Committee. He was an active member of the Rotary Club and a fundraiser for the Independence Symphony Orchestra.
Throughout his life Paul remained, in his heart and soul, a pastor.
Paul is survived by his sons Dennis Booth and wife Anne, and Donald Booth and wife Sharon; daughter Karen Booth Jewell and husband David Jewell; sister Lois Booth Finch; grandchildren Gabriel Jewell, Zachary Jewell, Matthew Booth, Andrew Booth, and James Tidey and wife Lori; great-grandchildren James Tidey, Jr., and Jaelyn Tidey; numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews and their children and grandchildren; and many cherished friends.
Family and friends may visit on Friday, January 4, 2008, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Gregg Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Funeral services and a celebration of Paul¯s life will be held at the Community of Christ Church in Caraway, on Saturday, January 5, at 2:00 p.m., with interment to follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Jonesboro under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Pallbearers will be David Jewell, Gabriel Jewell, Zachary Jewell, Matthew Booth, Andrew Booth, and James Tidey.
A memorial service will also be held on Thursday, January 3, at 5:00 p.m. at the Community of Christ Stone Church, Independence, Missouri. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Graceland University Seminary, 1401 W. Truman Road, Independence, Missouri 64050.

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