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Vernon Booth

Harry Vernon Booth was born August 12, 1932, the fourth of eight children born to Harry and Myrtle Booth. His birthplace was a farm house near Pickens, West Virginia, the same house where he died over 73 ½ years later, April 27, 2006.

He attended a Methodist church near his home in childhood and early manhood and said he could never remember when he didn’t love the Lord, but always felt he could never be in heaven if dependent on his own good works.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-55 and while stationed in Kentucky he met his future wife Mary Jennings. After returning from a tour of duty in Germany, they were married in August 1955 and were later blessed with two children.

At the time of his marriage he had never heard of the Primitive Baptists but Mary’s family had long been in the church. They started attending Little Zion Church in Dearborn, Michigan and he soon realized he believed this to be the truth of the Bible. They were both baptized June 17, 1962. He was later ordained a deacon on July 2, 1967.

Later the church liberated him, and then with fear and trembling on his part, he consented to the will of the church and was ordained to the ministry March 29, 1980. He attended many church meetings and Associations over the years in Ohio, W.V., Ind., Ky. and Pa.

After moving back to his boyhood home in West Virginia in 1992 he and his wife started attending Ten Mile Church near Clarksburg and shortly afterwards was called to be pastor which office he held until his death.

Submitted by his loving wife of over 50 years who still misses him very much.


Harry Vernon Booth, 73, residence of Pickens, West Virginia, passed away on April 27, 2006, at his home, the same house he resided.

He is survived by his wife of more than 5o years, Mary Vaden Booth, daughter Carolyn Irene Allison and husband Steven; Son Stephen Vernon Booth; three grandchildren, Rachel, Nicole and Bridget Allison; three brothers, Harley Booth, Albert Booth and Lawrence Booth; two sisters, Alberta Wittel and Lucille Greer. Two brothers, Ralph and Lloyd preceded him in death.


Mary Booth passed away peacefully on September 29, 2019 in her home in Timonium, Maryland. It is with great sadness that the family of Mary say farewell to their loving mother and grandmother. She will be sadly missed by all, but we know that she is now in a better place with her beloved husband.

Mary was born July 1, 1933 in Providence, Kentucky. As a teenager she moved to Detroit, Michigan. On August 6, 1955 she married Harry “Vernon” Booth. They made their home in Detroit and then Livonia, Michigan where they remained until 1990 when they retired to West Virginia.

Mary and Vernon had two children – Carolyn Irene and Stephen Vernon – five grandchildren, Rachel Vaden, Nicole Rose, Bridget Kay, Lauren Kathryn, and Andrew Holt and two great-grandchildren, Kathryn Puller and Blaine Anthony. She is survived by all in addition to her son-in-law Steven Allison and daughter-in-law Susan Booth.

Mary was a homemaker and she and Vernon were also active members of the Primitive Baptist Church both in Dearborn, Michigan and in later years Clarksburg, West Virginia. They were well known for their support of both churches.

She had a keen interest in gardening, particularly flowers and vegetables. In later years she took up oil painting. She particularly liked to paint landscapes, and many of these adorn the walls of family and friends.

After the loss of her husband Vernon, Mary moved to Baltimore, Maryland where she lived with her son initially and then Mercy Ridge Retirement Village. She made many friends at Mercy Ridge and was very active in community life at the village.

She was a sweet, humble saint who supported her husband as he ministered the word. She loved the church and had fervent love for the brethren.

larry heldman  

Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)
Elder James Compton was the original founder of the 'Gospel of Grace Tape Supply.' His collection of tapes began as he traveled to Church meetings and Associations recording sermons on Reel to Reel. He has maintained this library of sermons faithfully over the years and are now the foundation of PB Sermons. org. This web site is dedicated to Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)