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Obituary for Benjamin Franklin Baker
Benjamin Franklin Baker, 91, Emporia, Virginia, died February 19, 2014 at home. Mr. Baker was born in Dyersburg, TN on May 19, 1922 to Benjamin Americus and Golden Verna Baker. He was third of nine children. Deceased sisters are Adele, Frances, Agnes, Dorothy and two living sisters Ernestine and Mildred and one brother Fred (Nellie). He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Virginia Frances Long Baker. Survivors are daughter Bettie (Tex) Gordon and two sons, Benjie and Dennis, Sister in Law Mary (Allen) Inge, six grandchildren, Leslie (Kevin) Mann, Joel (Jennifer) Gordon, Katie Baker, Bernadette (Ty) Baker-Baughman, and Theresa (Ryan) McClure, and David Baker, and four great-grand children, Sidney, Addy, Wyatt, Abigail and one to be born in June. He was a long time active member of Main Street Baptist Church serving as Deacon, Sunday School Director, choir member and many other capacities. He loved his church dearly. He was a mechanic with Watkins Ford Motor Company. He was a gifted musician who loved to entertain with his banjo and guitar. Music was his passion. He was also a great fisherman. He was a good neighbor helping anyone in need and was awarded a plaque in appreciation of continuous service to the Walnut Heights Homeowners Association for unselfish time and efforts. He was also a Navy WWII survivor at Pearl Harbor fortunate enough to return home to his family. We thank special care givers Greta, Lisa, Nan and Gentiva Hospice for Dementia, Jennifer, Frances, Queen, La Sundra, Rhonda, and sitters Sandy and Joy. Family will receive friends for the viewing at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Main Street Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm at the same location officiated by Dr. Rick Hurst. Interment will be at Emporia Cemetery. Lunch will be provided following the burial. Pallbearers are Joel Gordon, Kevin Mann, Larry Adams, Ted Blankenship, Charles Brickell and Aaron Hatch. Honorary Pallbearers are Carl Rae, Russell Lundy, Steve Braswell, Boyce Wornom, Tom French and Dave Roberts. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com
Visitation Saturday, 1pm, at Main Street Baptist Church followed by a funeral service at 2pm at the same location. Interment will follow in Emporia Cemetery.