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It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of James Kenneth Booth,
affectionately known as Ken, on January 18, 2024, in Gainesville, Florida.
Ken is survived by his devoted wife, Wendy Thornton, and adored children, Bryan Booth and
Jessica Booth Burley. He found immense joy in his role as a grandparent to Jackson Burley,
Julia Burley, and Charlotte Booth. Ken held a special place in his heart for his beloved children-
in-law, Anne Davis Booth and Justin Burley.
He is also survived by his siblings: Teri Booth, Mary Santana, Connie Sharp, and Ed Booth,
along with cherished in-laws: Jeff Sharp, Terrie Booth, Sandra Chesnut, and his uncle, Kyle
Booth and aunt Donna Booth. Ken's unwavering strength was inspired by his mother, Mary
Elizabeth (Betty) Booth nee Brewer.
Ken came into this world on February 11, 1952, in Paintsville, Kentucky, born to James E. Booth
and Mary Elizabeth (Brewer) Booth. The family later moved to Sarasota, Florida, where Ken's
remarkable journey unfolded. He distinguished himself as a gifted athlete, an exceptional
scholar, and a treasured friend to many.
Ken's talents led him to receive a football scholarship to the University of Florida, where he
played for two years before embarking on new adventures. Beyond his athletic prowess, Ken
was a skilled woodworker and a brilliant mathematician, earning a Master's Degree in
Mathematics from the University of Florida.
Ken's unwavering commitment to education led him to teach advanced mathematics in both
Alachua and Dixie County, Florida, where he made a profound impact on the lives of countless
students. Later, he ventured into the realm of information technology as an IT specialist at the
University of Florida's editorial office, where he provided invaluable guidance to graduate
students in completing their theses and dissertations. During this period, Ken also discovered
his passion for painting and music, captivating audiences with his artistry and talents.
Above all, Ken will forever be remembered for his boundless kindness, extraordinary generosity,
and an infectious sense of humor that brightened the lives of everyone around him. His legacy
of compassion and laughter will be eternally cherished by his family and friends.
During this challenging time, our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the Booth family
as they navigate this profound loss.