Ed Booker, 80, of College Station, TX, died on December 16, 2015 following a lengthy illness. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, at 10:30a.m., January 5, 2016 at St. Michael’s Chapel in Bryan, 2402 South College Avenue at the corner of Williamson Drive and South College. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.
Ed was born on February 27, 1935 to Paul E. Booker and Cora Lee Wiggins Booker in McKenzie, AL. He spent most of his childhood in McKenzie. At the age of 17 he moved to Iowa to attend Graceland College. Later he attended Auburn University earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering. It was at Auburn where he met his wife, Elizabeth Weatherly. They married in her home town of Pine Hill, AL in 1959. After working for various Aerospace firms around the US, he began a long career with McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, Mo. He worked in St. Louis for 13 years and then worked another 14 years for McDonnell Douglass in Saudi Arabia. After retiring in 1996, he settled in College Station, Texas to be near to one of his daughters.
Ed was an active contract bridge player and earned the level of Gold Life Master. He was involved with Habitat for Humanity and served on their board of directors for several years. Living near Texas A&M he became an enthusiastic fan of College Women’s sports, with basketball, softball and soccer being his favorites. He seldom missed a game until he became ill.
Although he remained a member of Community of Christ Church in McKenzie, AL, he attended First Baptist of College Station for many years.
Ed is preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Adolph Jones; sister-in-law Ruby Jean Booker; son-in-law Michael Hancock.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Weatherly Booker; daughters Tammy Hough and her husband Sanford; Lee Faulkner and her husband Michael; Eloise (Mimi) Hayes and her husband Steven; Bebe Hancock and her husband Travis Catalena; a sister, Joan Jones; a brother Donald Booker and his wife Betty, six granddaughters and five grandsons and a number of nieces and nephews.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to First Baptist Church of College Station, Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude’s Research Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN or the charity of your choice.
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