Philip Booth, III

Obituary of Philip Booth, III

After a life well lived John Philip Booth, III, passed on June 5, 2021, one day before his 99th birthday. Born in Sumter in 1922 and son of the Late John Philip Booth, Jr. and Hascal F. Parrott Booth, Mr. Booth was a graduate of Edmunds High School. He graduated from Parks College of Aeronautical Technology with continuing education at Western Kentucky University, Mississippi State University, and the University of South Carolina. He furthered his military education with studies at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the Command and Staff College Air University, the National War College and the USAF Intelligence School. Mr. Booth served in the US Army Air Corps and the USAF active reserve from 1943 – 1972, retiring as a USAF Lt. Colonel. In Sumter Mr. Booth was president of Booth-Boyle Livestock Co. and Booth Agri-Builders, Inc. Extensively traveled with adventures on all seven continents, including Antarctica, Mr. Booth was also an active enthusiast of outdoor recreation, preferring a sleeping bag and tent to other forms of shelter. Surviving are his three children; two sons, John Philip Booth, IV of Oregon, David Edwin Booth of Sumter, and his daughter Mary Booth of Summerville. Mr. Booth was preceded in death by his parents and all three of his siblings – Lauren P. Booth, Hassie B. Nelson, and Bettie Ann Klapthor. The Booth Family wishes to thank the many friends of their father who loved and supported him in his lifetime and requests that memorials be directed to the Endowment Fund of the Sumter YMCA where Mr. Booth thrived throughout his life. On-line condolences may be made at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.
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