Four Troy University alumni have been selected for
the University’s Alumni of the Year Awards presented
annually during Homecoming.
President and CEO of Dr. J. Robert Boothe, Jr.
and Associates, Dr. Boothe heads a governmental
relations firm that specializes in legislative
consulting and lobbying. His lifetime of service
to the state and his community has earned him
a commendation by the Alabama Legislature.
In addition, he served 21 years in the Alabama
National Guard, where he was selected Honor
Soldier at the NCO School of Standards.
Elected Goshen High School Alumnus of the
Year in 2005, Dr. Boothe graduated from Troy
University in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in
physical education and completed a graduate degree
in administration in 1978. A second-generation
TROY graduate, he was involved in choir, the
University Play Makers and “The Tropolitan” as a
student. In 2009, the plaza in front of Bibb Graves
Hall was named in his honor.
Tim Shirley, a 1981 TROY graduate with a degree
in computer science, is second generation owner of
Home Oil Company, Inc. in Cowarts, Ala., having
worked in the business since he was 8 years old.
He founded the Home Oil Charity Golf Classic
24 years ago, raising more than $1 million for the
American Heart Association and the Wiregrass
United Way. Shirley has served on the Alabama
Oilmen’s Association Board of Directors for 14
years, including terms as treasurer and president.
In 1997, the Association named him Alabama’s
Oilman of the Year.
Shirley is a member of the Ashford Lions Club,
where he was honored as Lion of the Year in
1990, a past-president of the Dothan Southern
League, past president of the Ashford Merchants
Association, a lifelong member of the Dothan
Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of
the Dothan Rotary Club. An active member of the
Wiregrass Alumni Chapter, Shirley was named the
chapter’s Alumnus of the Year in 2009. He and his
wife, Debbie, live in Dothan and have two sons,
Dustin, a recent TROY graduate and Ryan, a senior
Dr. J. Robert “Bob” Boothe, Jr.
The annual awards are made
through a nomination process.
Contact Alumni Affairs at 334-
670-3318 for more information.