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In Memoriam
James Judson "J. J." Booker, Jr.
James Judson "J. J." Booker, Jr.

Richmond Times-Dispatch, (VA) January 4, 1996


James Judson Booker Jr., director of instruction for the Portsmouth Public School System from 1966 until he retired in 1970, died Wednesday in a Wytheville nursing home. He was 88 and lived in Wytheville.

A native of Richmond County, Mr. Booker began his career as a teacher and coach at Callao High School. He was principal of White Stone, Deep Creek and Craddock high schools.

Mr. Booker was a former chairman of the Virginia Committee of the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges. He was a director of numerous local charities.

Mr. Booker received his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond in 1930 and his master's from the College of William and Mary in the mid-1930s. He did additional graduate work at Columbia University and the University of Virginia.

Mr. Booker was a former deacon and trustee of Deep Creek Baptist Church. Most recently he was a member of Wytheville Baptist Church.

His wife, Margaret James Booker, died in 1995. Survivors include a son, Dr. James Judson Booker III of Wytheville; a daughter, Elizabeth B. Wilson of Richmond; a sister, Florence M. Booker of Clearwater, Fla.; and a brother, E. Derwin Booker of Farnham.

His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Farnham Baptist Church.