A memorial visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2011, followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m. at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Sweet Springs. Memorial graveside services with full military rites will be held at 9:00 a.m. Saturday at Fairview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church World Hunger Fund, and an online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born May 31,1922, in Marshall, he was the son of Roy Edward Baker and Ada Frances Carter Baker. On May 31, 1941, he married Betty Lou Anderson. He was well known for his pitching abilities for the Sweet Springs Merchants teams. This was before and after his enlistment in the Navy and welding in the shipyards in California. He was a foreman at the International Shoe Company held a management position with the Trojan Luggage Company in Memphis, Tenn., in 1955. He was honored with special recognition by the Sears & Roebuck Company, for outstanding workmanship for them, an honor they bestowed on less than 1% of the 20,000 companies that manufactured products for them. He continued pitching for the Trojan Luggage Company in the early 1970's. He returned to Sweet Springs in 1974 and opened Bob's Auto Care and detailed vehicles for area new and used car dealers. He was a Sunday school superintendent and member of Sweet Springs Baptist Church.
He is survived by two daughters, Sherry and her husband, Charles R. Glenn, of Sweet Springs and Denise and her husband, Herschel L. McMillen, of Jefferson City; eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; five step grandchildren; 13 step great grandchildren; and seven step great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter; and his sister-in law.
Additional information provided per family recompense.