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Obituary for Jesse "Jay" Boothe

Services for Jesse “Jay” Boothe will be at 2PM, Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Crossway Family Worship Church, Jonesville, LA with Rev. Joe Cook officiating. Visitation will be from 12PM until time of service at 2PM, Saturday, February 19th at the church. Interment will be at Heard Cemetery, Manifest, LA under the direction of Magnolia Funeral Home, Alexandria. Jesse “Jay” Boothe took his Heavenly flight early Thursday, February 17, 2022. He was 97 years young and a resident of Harrisonburg, LA. He was born on the banks of the Ouachita River May 2, 1924. Birthed with a young twin brother Mike, Jesse was eleven of twelve siblings born to El and Jincy Boothe. Raised in the Catahoula hills on the banks of Rawson Creek, he attended Rosin Creek Pentecostal Church during his youth. Marrying and moving his family to Houston, TX in the 50’s, he worked at Cameron Iron Works as an iron worker until his retirement in 1974. He was a farmer, hunter, fisherman, raised cows, grew the best purple hull peas, loved and traveled to blue grass festivals with his wife Mary. He was always willing to help family and friends whether it was loaning them a car, money or a place to stay. He was a great historian and loved to tell a story, especially old ones to detail. He was an honorary member of the World War II museum in New Orleans. He was a life-long member of the American Legion. He flew to Washington to be honored with other World War II Vets. He was named Harrisonburg Christmas Parade Grand Marshall in 2017. He accepted Jesus Christ as his savior at a young age and was baptized in the Ouachita River. He was a praying, God fearing man, devoted husband, father, grand, great and great-great grandfather, an all-around American. In his last years, he looked forward to Sunday services at his church, Crossway Family Worship and everybody knew to watch out when PawPaw was parking. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Cotten Boothe; son, Denver Boothe; grandson, Dru Ardoin; parents, El and Jincy Boothe; and his eleven siblings. Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters, Annette Ellis (Tom) and Cathy Boothe (Phil); and son, Ronnie Boothe (Annette); grandchildren, Kim Cook (Joe); Steve Myers (Tanee), Misty Ardoin Willson (Robin), daughter-n-law, Marsha Ardoin, Shea Boothe, Jason Boothe (Grace), Shannon Driver (Kenny); great grandchildren, Wes Cook (Anita), Tyler Myers (Kylie), Morgan Myers, Taylor Ardoin Shirah (Colton), Devyn Ardoin, Madyson “Dani” Ardoin, Jesse Coldiron (Denise), Charlotte Dean Boothe; great-great grandchildren, Brayden Myers, Ainslee and Corbin Shirah, Kylie and Maddie Coldiron and Miles Denver Boothe. Pallbearers will be Wes Cook, Jesse Coldiron, Devyn Ardoin, Arnie Dale Franks, Jason Boothe and Houston Nobles. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Myers and Tyler Myers.