Originally created 05/08/02

Featured obituary: Mrs. Rebecca Booker



Childhood memories for Anthony Williams will be filled with dreams of sweet potato and marshmallow pies and homemade biscuits, all thanks to his grandmother Rebecca Booker.

"When I think about her, I'll remember that sweet potato pie," Mr. Williams said. "Only one person, one of her granddaughters, has been able to get it right."

Mrs. Booker's large family came to her house for family gatherings and holiday dinners, Mr. Williams said. The sweet potato pie and homemade biscuits were always on the menu.

Mrs. Booker, 85, died Saturday at University Hospital. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a longtime member. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

According to her grandson, Mrs. Booker did odd jobs in New York occasionally. But her most important job was homemaker - she was a mother of eight, grandmother of 36 and great-grandmother of 41.

"She was the backbone of our family," Mr. Williams said. "We would have family picnics there. We were always at her house."

Mrs. Booker also is survived by a son, Charles Booker, and seven daughters, Channie Wright, Fannie Williams, Martha Morris, Mattie Bush, Julia Bartlett, Margaret Washington and Connie Earl.

Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Reach Jennifer Hilliard at (706) 823-3220 or jennifer.hilliard@augustachronicle.com.