A well-known Columbus pastor passed away on Saturday after a battle with cancer.
Reverend Dr. Charles E. Booth, who was the senior pastor at Mount Olivet Baptist Church, 428 E Main St., died on Saturday while in hospice care, said Tamara Hartley, a former executive assistant and office manager at the church.
Booth was a family man who loved preaching.
He mentored many around the world and held the widely-attended Charles E. Booth Preaching Conference annually.
“He was a pillar in Columbus for 41 years and always had the courage to stand up for what was right, even when it wasn’t popular,“ Hartley said.
Booth was active in the community and served on several boards and committees.
He took part in several city initiatives to help the city and also held forums following police shootings involving black males, Hartley said.
“He would coordinate teams to canvass neighborhoods and rallies to pray for our neighborhoods and keep our youth safe every year,“ Hartley said.
Hartley said she began working at the Mount Olivet at age 23 and was close to Booth and his family.
She said Booth was like a father to her.
While she had known about Booth’s battle with cancer and was in touch with the Booth family when he was placed in hospice, Hartley said she was not prepared for his death.
“Nothing prepared me for getting the call that he was gone and that I would not hear his voice again,“ Hartley said.
She said Booth will be missed.
Booth will lie in state 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and family will be present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.
An additional visitation will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.
The funeral will follow at 11 a.m. Entombment at Union Cemetery.