Tom E. Booker, age 80, passed away peacefully at his daughter's home on Friday, November 30, 2018. He was born on April 1, 1938, in Lexington, MS, son to Tom and Alice (Hood) Booker.
He was united in marriage to Jessie Crawford on December 3, 1960 in Rockford, IL. They were married 46 years until her passing in 2006.
Tom worked for the phone company for many years. He owned and operated the Paradise Lounge in Madison. Tom will be remembered for his love of gardening, bowling, dancing, shooting pool, and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his children Daniel Booker, Carl Booker, Faith (Adam) Jenson; grandchildren Syanthe Henderson and Grace Jenson; two great grandchildren; sisters Mattie, Pattie, Roberta and brother Leon; he also leaves behind many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his wife Jessie; siblings J.D., Betty, Martha, Louise, Alma, Robert and Willie.
Funeral services will be held at the Cress Center, 6021 University Avenue, Madison, on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 1:00 pm with Pastor David Smith officiating. A visitation will be held from 11:00 am until the time of service.
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I began my phone company career in 1974. One of the first things I did was look for an opportunity to bowl. i was fortunate to be a member of the Telco Credit Union's bowling team w/Tom. I went on to know him through the Communications Workers of America. We didn't work in the same office but whenever our paths crossed; at bowling, at union meetings and functions, he was always kind, gentle and willing to share his advice and knowledge. I'm glad I knew Tom Booker.
Tom, Booker, was a kind and gentle man. I have fond memories of playing on a pool team with him many years ago. Connie Bakken
I worked in Madison in some very bad neighborhoods and Booker stayed until my shift was over and made sure I got to my car safe. One of the best people I know. Will miss you very much
Book was probably the only Lounge Owner crazy enough to sponsor
a softball team called Paradise Lost, when he owned the Paradise Lounge!
I later knew Tom as a phone company representative where he helped straighten out a phone issue for my business. Haven't seen for a long time, but will always fondly remember him!
Tom was a great friend, always there if you needed a hand. Was pleasure to share stories with. Tom will be missed.
Tom I considered a good friend . Worked with him many years at phone company. He stayed late to help me and would come after hours if needed. Always had time for a story after he retired also.. keep the faith ... sad day for me when heard the news.
We known Tom both professionally and personally. We found Tom to be honest and helpful in many way. R.I.P. Booker.
To all of Book's family- God Bless you and thinking of you all- I can't say enough good things about your dad, grandpa, brother. He was truly a good friend to me and we had a lot of great times playing ball- pool-working at the bar for him, trips out of town. He showed me a lot about life, including some great cooking tips (ribs, jambalaya, creole). I don't know if I can make the service (he would be proud coaching my girls basketball team) but if not I will be there in spirit. Love you Booker you will be missed, but trust me I will keep your memory alive with every story I tell.
I worked with Tom for thirty plus years. A hard worker and a great guy. Rest in peace brother, you will be missed!
So sorry for your loss. I saw him every day for many many years. Such an amazing man!
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