Curtis Antonio Booker was born on October 26, 1973, at the Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to Willie Charles Booker and Mary Jones Booker. He departed this life on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at the University of Tennessee Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Curtis attended the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church beginning at the age of 5, and occasionally during his adult life under the pastorate of Elder Tommie Lee Mims. Curtis was educated in the Oak Ridge School System. Curtis loved sports and was very talented athlete. As a child, he played T-ball, softball, basketball, and football at the local Boys and Girls Club. Later, he played basketball and football at Jefferson Middle School and received honors as “The Most Athletic” and “Athlete of the Month." Entering Oak Ridge High School, he continued to play both basketball and football. During summer league basketball, he underwent knee surgery and was out for 1990 season. Upon his return in 1991, he played football and was a key player on the 1991 Oak Ridge High School Championship football team. Anyone who had been a part of his life from childhood to adulthood knew he was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan!
Curtis was employed by UT Battelle for 15 months. Prior to his employment at UT Battelle, he was employed as a Department of Energy Contractor for 16 years.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Isiah and Rosie Lee Jones and C.D Booker and Augusta Booker Burnette; uncle, Willie Tyrone Booker; aunts, Lois Kirk, and Vickie Booker.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory: devoted mother, Mary Jones Booker, Oak Ridge, TN; father, Willie Charles Booker, Clinton, TN; daughter, Shabre’ Booker, Oak Ridge, TN; son, Darius Anderson, West Virginia; siblings, Eric Kelvin Booker, Oliver Springs, TN, Geoffrey (Tyra) Lee, Oak Ridge, TN, David Caldwell, Clinton, TN, Natasha Smith, Memphis, TN, Karen (Kelton) Holmes, Oak Ridge, TN; loving grandson, Kyree Rountree, Oak Ridge, TN; maternal uncles, Eddie Jones, Robert (Tamara) Jones and Richard (Janet) Jones; maternal aunts, Dorothy Jones, Ruby Henderson and Pearley (Herman) Atwater; paternal uncles, Herbert (Shelia) Booker, James Booker and Perry (Angie) Booker; paternal aunts, Mary Booker, Geneva Booker, Lynn (Greg) Patterson and Tracy Booker; special and dearest friends, Ashley Moss, Kelli Rountree, Frank Lamuno, Jeff “Hamp” Hampton and a host of other family and friends too numerous to name.
Saturday, July 25, 2020, a public walk through visitation begins at 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 195 Wilberforce Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN. A private graveside will follow with Elder Henry Watson as the eulogist. During this time, we will remain in compliance with the Governor's Executive Order #17 (COVID-19). Social distancing and face masks are required. Flowers may be delivered to the church during this time. All other expressions of sympathy can be mailed to Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 5627, Oak Ridge, TN 37831. Services will be live streamed on Facebook.com at Pug Fuller Video. Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon, LFD 1-800-824-8283 or www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com and mandated by the CDC and Governor of Tennessee.
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