Dorothy A. Booth, 77, of Forsyth died Monday February 13, 2017 in Cox Medical Center
Branson. The informal memorial service will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, February 18 in the
Johnson Community Building located on Hwy 160 East. Kissee Mills.
Dorothy Ayres Booth was born Sunday, September 10, 1939 in Altoona, AL to J. C. and
Myrtle Irene (Simons) Fortenberry. She attended school in Stuttgart, AR. After high
school, she moved to Memphis where she married and had one child. She spent five
years working as the personal assistant to Elvis Presley at Graceland. Later she moved
to McNary County, TN to work as personal assistant to the Pusser Family while the
"Walking Tall" movies were being filmed. She then decided to switch professions and
became the first female comedian to work in the Ozarks. Her very successful career
earned her the first Ozark Traditions Award from the Branson Entertainment Awards in
2000. In 2007 she retired due to illness.
Dorothy was an entertainer by nature. On the stage she was known as "Bessie Bugg."
She enjoyed shopping, decorating and entertaining. She was an avid reader and active
in the Branson entertainment scene. She was a judge in the Elvis Presley Look-alike
contests and was active in the Forsyth High School JROTC program. She was an
honorary member of the Goldwing Motorcycle Club and attended the Grace Apostolic
She is survived by one daughter, Laura Jaime Hamner of Kissee Mills; one sister, Judy
Hurst and husband, Steven of Kissee Mills; Three grandchildren, Kendel A. Morris,
Matthew Rodgers, Natalie Knight and three great-grandchildren; nephew and niece,
Jolee and Amber Morgan of Kissee Mills and J. R. and Katie Evans of Kissee Mills.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home,
Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home
15945 U.S. Hwy 160
Forsyth, MO. 65653
"There is a Difference"
Dorothy A. Booth
September 10, 1939 - February 13, 2017