Arthur Thomas Boone was born in Gates County, NC on September 11, 1939 to the late Arthur Lee Boone and Bertha Harrell. He departed this life on February 11, 2022. He married Ella Mae Cherry on March 4, 1961.
After marrying, they moved to Newark, NJ and he was a chef at Afton Restaurant in Florence Park, NJ. After returning to Gates County, NC in 1965, he became a longshoreman at the Port of Authority of Maritime in Virginia. He remained employed there until his retirement.
He became a part of the Masonic Organization Corapeake Light Lodge 442 in 1971.
Arthur Thomas was an avid baseball fan. He coached the little league for Corapeake where he earned his name “Papa Smurf.” He also enjoyed deep sea fishing, hunting, and boxing.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ella Mae Boone, and two children; a daughter, Cynthia Boone and a son, Alvin Boone.
Arthur leaves cherished memories to his children; Thomas Boone, Denise Scott (Cleveland), Brenda Boone, Barry Boone (Sineathia), Johnette Harris (Joe), Gloria Griffin, Sherry Reid (William), Charles Griffin, Michael Griffin (Gina), and Corey Griffin (Lisa); a sister, Gracie Riddick; two brothers, Thurman Boone and Cornelius Boone; along with a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A viewing and visitation will take place on Friday February 18, 2022 from 3:00pm-6:00pm at the funeral home. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday February 19, 2022 at 11:00am at Zion Tabernacle Baptist Church. His final resting place will be at Zion Tabernacle Church Cemetery.
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