Born 2-28-1929 -- Died 1-30-2004
Curt "Smokey" Booth, was born at Moko, Ark., Feb. 28, 1929, to Hassell Peter and Frankie Thelma Secrease Booth. He died Jan. 30, 2004.
He married Bessie Sue Bristow on July 27, 1952, at Moko, Ark., and to this union three children -- Connie, Vickie, and Stanley, were born.
He spent his working years as a road and bridge builder with Cooks Construction, head sawyer for Cloud Oak Sawmill and Ball Brothers, and was a carpenter. His most important role which he performed with all his heart and soul was being a husband, daddy, grandpa, papa, friend and neighbor. He was of the Pentecostal faith and attended First Assembly of God when his health allowed.
He was an active hunter, fisherman and sports fan. He played many years on several baseball teams and was looked at by professional scouts. The last ball team he played on was the church summer team.
Survivors include his wife, Bessie Sue Booth of the home in Moko; mother, Frankie Booth of Moko; two daughters -- Connie Buss and husband, Doug, of Moko and Vickie Hardin and husband, Tom, of Mountain Home; a son, Stanley Booth and wife, Charlene, of Moko; four grandchildren -- Shawn Hardin and wife, Morgan, of Mountain Home, Josh Hardin of Mountain Home, Brandy Booth Rogers and husband, Heath, of Moko, and Nicole Booth of Moko; one great-grandson, Xander Rogers of Moko; two sisters -- Zelda Vandergriff of Moko and Ruby Kain of New Albany, Miss.; several nieces and nephews; uncles, aunts, and a host of in-laws.
He was preceded in death by his father, Hassell Peter Booth; and two very special brothers-in-law -- Dutch Kain and Ray Vandergriff.
The funeral was Feb. 3 at Barker Funeral Home Chapel with Carl Neal, Clark Stephens and William Hughart officiating. Interment was in the Stateline Cemetery at Moko with arrangements under the direction of Barker Funeral Home of Salem, Ark.
Pallbearers were Guy Bassham, Mark Bassham, Terry Bassham, David Bassham, Sonny Maguffee, Dick Secrease, and Buddy Secrease.
Honorary pallbearers were Harold Secrease, Neal Secrease, Ted Secrease, Ed Bassham, Ray Secrease, Shannon Secrease, Tom Bassham, Clay Secrease, Dr. Jim Bozeman and Aunt Wanda Lee.
Memorial contributions are preferred to the Stateline Cemetery Association.