Albert Ray Booher
Albert Ray Booher, 75, of Warne, entered his heavenly home and met his Savior face to face on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Al was born in New Castle, Pa. At 21, he went to California to seek his fortune and attended airplane mechanics school. He worked on airplanes for the next seven years. After a move to Florida he owned and operated a boat marina and tested boats and Mercury engines. He returned to Pennsylvania to work as the principal of a Christian School while he went to Clarksville Theological Seminary. He graduated with a Doctorate in Christian Psychology. Over the years he served as an assistant pastor, school principal, teacher, counselor and adjunct professor at Saint Petersburg Theological Seminary where he taught psychology and eschatology. He also worked as a director of clinical services in several drug and alcohol outpatient rehabilitation programs in the Tampa Bay, Fla. area for 20 years.
As a young man he was an avid dirt bike racer, went scuba diving from Hawaii to the Caribbean and he even panned for gold in the Merced River in California. He loved to sing and play the guitar and when he moved to Clay County, he enjoyed fishing and rock hounding with his grandson. Al was a Clay County Master Gardener and always turned his fresh picked produce into gourmet meals. He was a member and an integral part of New Life Church in Hayesville where he helped to organize and direct the Sunday School program. He loved to teach and preach, and Bible prophecy was his passion.
Al was a loving husband, father and grandfather, wise counselor and teacher. He was loved by all who knew him, and will be long remembered as a faithful friend and mentor. He leaves behind his loving family members who will treasure his memory: his wife, Pam, whom he met on the island of Kaui, Hawaii. They were married for almost 47 years, and raised two daughters: Shawna Mock and her husband, Chris, of Jasper, Ga.; and Leah West, of Grand Junction, Colo.; grandchildren: Rayna Mock, Tyle, Tommy and Elissa West. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 22 in New Life Church in Hayesville, with Pastor Greg Carroll officiating. In lieu of flowers, make memorial contributions to New Life Church Mission in Honduras.
Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee was in charge of arrangements.