Willie Charles Booker was born August 12, 1943 in West Point, Mississippi to the union of the late C.D. Booker and Augusta Booker. He departed this life January 22, 2021 at Diversicare of Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
He was one of "The Oak Ridge 85" students who made history attending an Oak Ridge School during desegregation. W.C. worked various jobs including at Planned Parenthood, TVA and ORAU. He was a member of New York Avenue Church of Christ and was an avid sports fan especially football.
Preceded in death by his son, Curtis A. Booker; father, C. D. Booker; mother, Augusta Booker Burnette; sisters, Lois A. Booker Kirk and Vickie L. Booker, and brother, Willie T. Booker.
Left to cherish his loving memory: three sons: Kelvin Eric Booker, Oliver Springs, TN, David Caldwell and Geoffrey (Tyra) Lee, Clinton, TN; two daughters, Karen (Kelton) Holmes, Oak Ridge, TN and Natasha Smith, Memphis, TN; thirteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; three brothers, Herbert C. (Sheila) Booker, James (Rhonda) Booker, Oak Ridge, TN, and Perry Booker, Knoxville, TN; four sisters, Mary E. Booker, Geneva Booker, Oak Ridge, TN, Lynn (Greg) Booker Patterson and Tracy Booker, Chattanooga, TN; five uncles, Walter (Martha) Spraggins, Gardena, CA, Ernest Spraggins, Chicago, IL, George Booker, Toledo, OH, Pete Booker and Hargel Booker, Muskegon, MI; three aunts, Eloisa Baskins, Chicago, IL, Lou Dean Holliday, West Point, MS, and Minerva Booker, Kentwood, MI; devoted cousins, Sam Bell and Charlie Bell; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.
Friday, January 29, 2021, A graveside service at 12:30 p.m. Oak Ridge Memorial Park, 1501 Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN. A white dove release will conclude the service. During this time, we will remain in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order No. 17 (COVID-19). Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon, LFD 1-800-824-8283 or www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com.
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