Officials at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NE0) announced Sonny Booth as one of three outstanding graduates of the college. Representing the College of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, Booth will be honored during NEO’s homecoming festivities on Saturday, October 11, 2014. This year’s homecoming theme is “There is No Place Like Homecoming.” A native of Miami, Okla., Booth graduated from NEO in 1962. He transferred and graduated from Oklahoma State University where he was a member of the livestock judging team, as well as the Block and Bridle Club and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. While at OSU, the livestock judging team won the National Western Stock Show competition in 1963, with Sonny claiming High Individual honors.
Booth has served as auctioneer for over 4000 registered cattle and horse auctions and numerous real estate auctions in 41 states and Canada during an auctioneering career that spans four decades. He has auctioned five different breeds of cattle for national auctions and conducted numerous charity and benefit auctions for groups like Quail Unlimited, Junior Livestock, Buckmasters, and the Miami Arts and Humanities Council. He is also a former auction school instructor at New Mexico State University. “Sonny has made quite a name for himself in the auction industry,” says Jennifer Hessee, executive director of the NEO Development Foundation. “As a successful businessman and auctioneer, Sonny has also served as a great role model for the Agriculture students on campus.”
In 2009, Booth was inducted into The Livestock Marketeers Hall of Fame in Denver, Colo. He was also honored in 1995 with the Graduate of Distinction Award from OSU. Booth is a member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, the National Auctioneers Association, Express Ranches Junior National Scholarship Program, and the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF). He is a past president of NALF (1993), and was honored in 1997 by the Oklahoma Limousin Breeders Association with its Lifetime Achievement Award. For several years, he was affiliated with Williams & Williams Auction Co., Tulsa, Okla., specializing in premier farm and ranch properties, and most recently affiliated with C-J Real Estate Auction Company. Booth has three children. He and his wife, Mary, reside in Miami.