The N.C. Industrial Commission mourns the passing of former Chairman James J. Booker of Winston-Salem and attorney and lobbyist Alan J. Miles of Raleigh:

Judge James J. Booker

Former N.C. Industrial Commission Chairman James J. Booker died September 3 in Winston-Salem. In 1989, Governor James G. Martin appointed Mr. Booker as the first Republican Resident Superior Court judge in Forsyth County. In 1991, Governor Martin named Judge Booker as Chairman of the N.C. Industrial Commission in Raleigh. He served as Chairman (1991-93) and Commissioner (1993-95) before returning to Winston-Salem.

Born January 24, 1926 in Apex, NC, Judge Booker was a graduate of Duke University Law School and a naval veteran of World War II. He served as special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York City (1951-54), and practiced law in Winston-Salem for about 32 years.

His survivors include his wife, Anne Elmore Booker; two children, Dorothy Booker Moore of Gastonia and James J. Booker, Jr. of Charlotte; and four grandchildren. The memorial service will start at 11 a.m. Friday, September 8, at Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. Those wishing to make memorials may make them to Knollwood Baptist Church or Hospice of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. Their addresses are:

Knollwood Baptist Church
330 Knollwood Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27104-0419
Hospice of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, Inc.
1100 S. Stratford Road, #C
Winston-Salem, NC 27103-0321

Alan J. Miles

Raleigh attorney and lobbyist Alan J. Miles died September 5. Survivors include his wife, Commissioner Renée C. Riggsbee of the N.C. Industrial Commission. Mr. Miles, who turned 40 on August 26, was a partner in the Bailey & Dixon law firm. His clients included DuPont, Holtrachem Manufacturing Co., and MCI. Other clients include the American Insurance Association, the N.C. Credit Union League, and N.C. Consumers for Customer Choice in Electricity.

A graduate of Emory University (1982) and UNC Law School (1985), Mr. Miles was a clerk for then-N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Sarah Parker.

His funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, September 8, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 125 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. The family has requested that no flowers be sent. Those wishing to make contributions may make them to:

The Alan J. Miles Memorial Fund
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Office of University Development
137 East Franklin Street
Campus Box 6100
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-6100

Click here to read Chairman Buck Lattimore's September 6 Comments in Memory of Alan Miles.

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