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Ernest Spurgeon Booth, Jr.

Posted By Hall-Wynne On July 26, 2018 @ 8:37 am In Durham,Obituaries | 6 Comments

Ernest Spurgeon Booth, Jr. died July 22, 2018 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. A Durham native, he was born on October 5, 1932 to the late Vallie and Ernest Booth, Sr.

He graduated from Durham High School in 1951 and UNC Chapel Hill in 1955. He later served in the Army for two years before moving back to Durham and started a career in Real Estate.  He was a proud lifelong member of Watts Street Baptist Church where he served as deacon and on many committees throughout the years.  He was a member of the Durham Association of Realtors serving as VP, President, Director, Mediation Officer and on various committees.  He was named Realtor of the Year in 1993. He was a member in the Kiwanis Club of Durham for 59 years and was on the board of directors for Guaranty State Bank for almost 20 years.  He taught real estate classes through Durham Technical Community college for 10 years. He loved the Durham Sports Club and was a member for many years.

Spurge was a proud Tarheel who attended football and basketball games for over 60 years. He loved gardening, working in his yard and enjoyed annual beach trips with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Mary (Brooks) Booth, whom he married in 1955; Four children:  Mary Booth, Ernest (Tripp) Booth, III of Danville, VA, Carol Booth of Charlotte, NC and David Booth (wife Anna) of Cary, NC.  Grandsons:  Brad Booth, Grant Booth, George Booth and Sam Booth.  Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter Mary, two brothers and a sister.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, July 27, 2018 at Watts Street Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Watts Street Baptist Church memorial fund.

Condolences for the family of “Ernest Spurgeon Booth, Jr.”

Condolence from Kim Griffin, Jr. on July 26th, 2018 9:26 am

Spurgeon was a neat guy with a great personality that made you always want to be around him. He is missed.

Condolence from Connie Bullard on July 26th, 2018 10:23 am

Brooks, Carol, and all “Spurge’s” family, I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a special man and always made me laugh and smile. I was lucky enough to get to know him and Brooks back in the 90’s when Carol and I were roommates in Atlanta, and felt like they were family immediately. I hope through your grief and tears you’ll remember all the laughs and smiles. I love you and am sending you virtual hugs and love 🙂 Go Heels! Love, “Alabama”

Condolence from Tony Hawkins on July 26th, 2018 8:31 pm

To the Booth Family:

May the Lord be with you as the memories of Spurgeon Booth flow from your hearts. To have shared a moment as his Realtor® colleague is a precious memory. And although he is no longer here, the gift of grief means the relationship has changed.
Shalom with Love,
Tony Hawkins
Real Estate Broker/Instructor

Condolence from Bruce Gensemer on July 27th, 2018 3:02 am

When I moved to Durham from Ohio, Spurgeon and Brooks Booth welcomed me to their neighborhood with that special Southern warmth, and introduced me to a fine group of neighboring friends! Spurgeon and I spent many nice visits and chats when both of us were doing yard work. The past several years of his illness were very hard on him and all of his family and friends, but this difficult illness does not erase our memories of such good times in earlier years.

Condolence from Robert Feierbach on July 27th, 2018 9:59 am

My most sincere condolences to the entire family. I was a boyfriend of Mary’s, when we spent our year in France with AFS in 1976.

Condolence from Stella Smith on July 27th, 2018 12:05 pm

Brooks and family,

I loved Spurgeon for many years. I knew him through real estate, for many years, before joining WSBC in 1997. I will always remember his wit, and will forever be grateful to have had him in my life.

He will be sorely missed, but is now in the arms of God, remembering everyone and everything that made his life so special, most especially his beautiful family.

Love and Blessings,


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