Born August 18, 1952, in Sumter, South Carolina, to Lauren Parrott and Jean Young Booth.
Educated in Sumter public and private schools. Graduated from Thomas Sumter Academy in 1970, and Clemson University in August, 1974, with honor, majoring in Financial Management. Obtained Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in May, 1977. Admitted to South Carolina Bar November 9, 1977, and United States District Court on March 2, 1979. Member of the South Carolina and Sumter County Bar Associations, and current or former member of the Real Estate Practices, Probate, Estate Planning and Trust, and Corporate and Banking sections, and also the Sumter Estate Planning Council.
Practiced law continuously in Sumter, South Carolina, since 1977, initially with Lee & Moise, and Nash, Chappell & Wilson, then as partner with Nash, Chappell, Wilson & Booth and with Lee, Wilson, Erter & Booth. Since 1986, practice has been primarily as sole practitioner in transactional law. Initially appointed Special Referee and Interim Master for Sumter County by Chief Justice Jean Toal on June 12, 2006, then as permanent Master in Equity for Sumter County on February 13, 2008, by Governor Mark Sanford.
Married September 12, 1981, to the former Gayle Robb; two children, Jayne Rowell Booth, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, and Richard Lauren Parrott Booth, of Clemson, SC.
Hobbies include hunting, fishing, golfing, music and reading, and attending Clemson athletic events.
Active member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Sumter, serving in many capacities including Sunday School teacher and as past chairman of the Administrative Board, Council on Ministries, Board of Trustees, Staff-Parish Relations Committee and several sub-committees.
Current board member of Sumter County Museum Foundation and Sumter County Gallery of Art. Former chairman of Sumter County Cultural Commission, Sumter City-County Zoning Board of Appeals, Regional Juvenile Council, Greenhouse Group Home, and Endowment Committee of the Fine Arts Council of Sumter. Past president and member of the Sumter Community Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble and the Sumter County Game and Fish Association. Past member of board of directors of the Sumter County United Way, Sumter Family YMCA, Salvation Army Boy's Club, Shaw-Sumter Community Concert Association, and several others.