Booker T. Gelzer | Obituaries | The Press and Standard

by | November 16, 2016 8:37 am

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Life Story of Mr. Booker T. Gelzer 

Mr. Booker T. Gelzer was born on February 22, 1940, to the late Reverend Mack and Mrs. Lela Florence Daniels Gelzer in Walterboro, South Carolina. He was a graduate of Colleton High School in 1957. As a child, Booker was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Walterboro, South Carolina and a current member of New Life United Methodist Church.

After Booker graduated high school, he went to New York City and began working at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Later he worked as a janitor at the Dime Savings Bank, but Booker spent most of his time as a maintenance man for the New York City Housing Authority in Brooklyn until he retired in 1995.

Booker was a quiet, reserved man who loved baseball, especially the New York Mets. He also enjoyed spending time with his friends in Brooklyn where they planted and revitalized the community garden. Booker loved to watch old, western movies. Although he didn’t talk much, Booker was a good listener and conversationalist when it came to sports and his dislike for the New York Yankees.

Booker was married to Lillian Warren Gelzer of Walterboro, South Carolina. Booker and Lillian had six children: Roslyn Young of Hagerstown, MD; Calvin Gelzer (deceased); Wanda Gelzer Milliner of New York, NY; Ramona Gelzer Bell of Lutz, FL (Darin); Lisa Gelzer of Columbia, MD; and Booker Gelzer, Jr. (deceased); two sisters, Rev. Dr. Evelyn Gelzer Stevens of Walterboro, SC and Mrs. E. Juanita Gelzer Gerald (Robert, Jr.) of Florence, SC; granddaughters, Likisha Young and Rayvon Coombs; grandsons, Saquan Gelzer, Dontez Pherribo, Sharif Nixon, Charles Gelzer, Calvin Milliner, Darin Bell, Jr., Andrew Bell, Christopher Milliner, and Avery Bell; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends. Four of his siblings preceded him in death: Mrs. Virginia Gelzer Thomas Henderson, Mrs. Lorraine Gelzer Memminger, 1SG (USA Ret.) Willis Gelzer, and Mr. Hallum Gelzer.

On Friday, October 21, 2016, after a brief illness, Booker Gelzer went home to be with the Lord at 8:30 p.m. at Lifepath Hospice and Palliative in Tampa, Florida. We all loved him, but God loved him best. He is finally resting. Page 2 of

The Reverend Kenneth Carter, Pastor of New Life United Methodist Church, was the eulogist. Booker’s niece, Minister Anna Jean Stevens Bright, presided over the Celebration of Life and Home Going Service.

Arrangements were entrusted to Koger’s Mortuary, Walterboro, South Carolina.




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