Cornell Dent Booth
Colonel, United States Army
CORNELL, DENT (COLONEL), BOOTH, JOANNE DARBY
Married October 10, 1936, died together October 7, 2000, three days before their 64th wedding anniversary.
CORNELL DENT BOOTH was born on January 9, 1914, in West Point, New York. Son of the late Colonel and Mrs. Lucian Dent Booth. He was a graduate of Saint Albans school in Washington, D.C. and attended the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York with the class of 1936. He received a Bachelors degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from American University.
He was an Ordinance officer and paratrooper in the United States Army for 29 years including active duty in World War II and participated in the invasion of Okinawa. He commanded an Airborne Ordinance Battalion with the 11th Airborne Division in Germany.
He was a recipient of many awards and medals during his military career, most notably the Army Commendation Medal and the Legion of Merit. He retired in 1969 to Tallahassee, Florida, where he worked for the Department of Commerce, State of Florida.
He was an active member of Common Cause and a charter member of the Tallahassee Retired Officers' Association. He was instrumental in starting the Army ROTC program at the Florida State University in 1951 and was its first Professor of Military Science.
JOANNE DARBY BOOTH was born on August 16, 1915, in Plattsburgh Barracks, New York. Daughter of the late Colonel and Mrs. Taylor Edwin Darby. She was a graduate of Catherine Gibbs School, New York. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Florida State University in Library Science. She worked as a research librarian at Stozier Library on the FSU campus, and in that capacity, spent six months as the Librarian for the London Exchange Program. She was active in numerous political, neighborhood planning and environment causes. She actively supported the arts and one of her many hobbies was genealogy. She was a member of the Ladies Golf Association, winning the ladies golf tournament with a hole-in-one after the age of 80.
Both are survived by their daughters, Louisa Booth Noble, of Ann Arbor, MI and Helen Cornell Booth of Gainesville, Florida; granddaughters, Catherine Cornell Noble, of Chicago, Illinois, and Jennifer Darby Noble, of Salinas, California. Cornell is predeceased by a brother, Robert Middleton Booth, and is survived by three sisters, Catherine Booth Britton, of Southbury, Connecticut, Frances Booth, Kincanon, of Roanoke, Virginia, and Lelia Booth Morris, of Columbus, Georgia. Joanne is predeceased by her sister, Dorothy Darby Johnson.
Joint inurnment services will be held, Monday,
December 18, 2000, at 11 a.m., at Arlington National Cemetery. Gifts in
memory of Col. and Mrs. Booth may be made to the Salvation Army.
POLICE PROBE DEATHS
Police are investigating the deaths of an elderly
Tallahassee couple Saturday afternoon. Cornell D. Booth, 86, and Joanne
D. Booth, 85, both of 2803 Sterling Drive, were found by a relative shot
in their bedroom. Police said the deaths appear to have been a murder-suicide.
Tampa Police Department officials refused to answer any other questions
about the shooting. Family members could not be reached Saturday. Neighbor
Delephene Strickland said the Booths had been
longtime residents of the neighborhood.
Colonel Cornell Dent and Joanne Darby Booth of Tallahassee died together Saturday, three days before their 64th wedding anniversary.
Colonel Booth was 86 and Mrs. Booth was 85.
Local survivors include a daughter, Helen Cornell
Booth of Gainesville.
BOOTH, JOANNE DARBY
Posted: 9 July 2001 Updated: 22 February 2003 Updated: 6 September 2004 Updated: 26 November 2005