William Booker Sr., 73, pastor, postal supervisor

January 17, 2003

William Booker Sr., 73, pastor, postal supervisor

The Rev. William J. Booker Sr., a retired postal supervisor and pastor of United Methodist churches in Harford and Baltimore counties, died of heart failure Monday at Sinai Hospital. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 73.

Mr. Booker was born in Anne Arundel County and raised in West Baltimore. He was a 1947 graduate of Carver Vocational-Technical High School. During the Korean War, he served with the Army Corps of Engineers.

He went to work for the post office in 1954, becoming supervisor of letter carriers assigned to Baltimore's main post office on East Fayette Street.

Mr. Booker was a 1985 graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, and was ordained in 1987 -- the year he retired from the Postal Service.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was a pastor of John Wesley and Clark United Methodist churches in Churchville. He then was pastor of Edgewood United Methodist in Lutherville, and Greenspring United Methodist in Owings Mills until 1999.

At his death, he was assistant pastor of Baltimore's John Wesley United Methodist Church, 3202 W. North Ave., where services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Mr. Booker's wife of 43 years, the former Jeanette Newman, died in 1997.

Survivors, all of Baltimore, include two sons, William J. Booker Jr. and Mark Booker; four daughters, Pamela V. Booker, Patricia Y. Bossard, Lamayra C. Booker and Darlene J. Booker; two brothers, Theodore Booker and Chester Booker; four sisters, Christine Paylor, Inez Crowder, Amelia Wilson and Victoria T. Hundall; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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