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May 12, 2021


Melvin Farnell Booty

October 1, 1935 - May 11, 2021

Melvin Farnell Booty passed away at the age of 85 on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was born to John Melvin and Elrie Bulloch Booty on October 1, 1935, and was a resident of Franklinton, graduating from Franklinton High School. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served four years during the Korean War Era as an electronics technician and working with Search and Rescue. He later was an employee of Southern Natural Gas, and retired as a Station Supervisor after more than thirty years of employment. Farnell was a member of First Baptist Church of Franklinton, and was a member of The American Legion, Post 113. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and especially NASCAR, attending the races in Talladega, Alabama biannually for many years. In later years he derived great pleasure from time spent outdoors on his various pieces of equipment maintaining his lawn and gardens with his beloved Dachshund, Rusty. Farnell will always be remembered as a loyal friend to many, and a great neighbor, always willing to help others in times of need. His greatest times were those spent with his beloved family.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Priscilla Fendlason Booty, his parents, his brother and sister in law Donald and Joyce Booty, aunt Melba Bulloch, brother-in-law Lane Smith.

He is survived by his wife Mary Louise Kuhn Booty of Franklinton, his son John Jay Booty and wife Tina M. Booty and granddaughters Olivia and Grace Booty all of Houston, Texas. In addition, his sisters Helen Booty Fricke and husband Dudley, and Diane Booty Smith, all of Baton Rouge, brother-in-laws G. Wayne Kuhn and wife Sarah Kennedy Kuhn of Hammond, Robert Kuhn and wife Barbara Breeden Kuhn of Baton Rouge, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home in Franklinton on Friday, May 14th from 1:00 pm until the funeral service at 2:00 pm in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Joey Miller officiating followed by burial in Ellis Cemetery with Military Honors performed by American Legion Post 24. Pallbearers will be his nephews Dan Wood, Chris Kuhn, Brad Neal and Clay James. Honorary Pallbearers are members of the American Legion Post 113.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 950 Self Street, Franklinton, Louisiana, 70438.

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