Bernard Booker was born Feb. 23, 1963, in Hayti, Mo., the son of Connie Mae Booker and Harry Leo Rhines.
He graduated from Eastridge High School in Kankakee. After high school, he relocated to Hayti, Mo., where he met and married Sandra Robinson in May of 1989. To this union, one daughter was born, Timisha Q’sha Booker.
In 1992, Bernard moved back to Kankakee, where he became employed with ABC Waste Disposal for many years. Bernard was known as “BB” to many people. He loved talking to kids, listening to music and doing karaoke. He was very funny and loved being with family.
Bernard accepted Christ at an early age.
On June 20, 2019, God called his son, Bernard, home to Heaven.
Bernard leaves to cherish his memory, his mother, Connie Mae Booker, of Kankakee; one daughter, Timisha Q. Booker; and two grandsons, Aubrey Arnias and Tyler Bernard Booker, of Hayti, Mo.; his immediate brothers and sisters, Hayward Booker, Virginia (Tim) Washington and Danny (Linda) Booker, of Kankakee, Willie (Lula) Rhines, of Winder, Ga., David (Mary) Rhines, of Mounds, and Danielle (Michael) Jackson, of Centerfield, Va. Also surviving are his additional brothers and sisters, Lawanda, of Alabama, Rose, Overdean, Deborah (Tally), Retha (James) and Sammie (Sue), all of Arkansas, Ella Wee, of California, Veatrice, of Georgia, Queen (Jon), of Michigan, Denice, Irene, Antonio and Anthony, all of Minnesota, Ella (Henry), Ida (Andre), Catrina (Dwayne), Levester (Kimberly), Harry Jr., (Jennifer), Tony (Renita), Brenda, Sylvia, Fanta, Gredia, Leo and Jason, all of Missouri, Johnnie (Shelly), Ronald (Ronetta), Jessie and Shirley, all of Ohio, Steve (Nikole) and Alecia, all of Tennessee, and Linda (Vinnie), of Texas; one aunt, Mary Booker, of Murphysboro; along with a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his father, Harry Leo Rhines; grandmother, Mattie Booker; two sisters, Ida Jean Booker and Precious Lane; and a host of aunts and uncles.
Homegoing services will include a visitation from 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, until the 11 a.m. service at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 650 Fairview Ave., Bradley, IL 60915, with Minister David Johnson officiating.