Charles D. BakerDecember 23, 1932 ~ December 29, 2017 (age 85)
Friday, December 29, 2017, Charles “Charlie” Duanne Baker, surrounded by family and loved ones, left this world to join his Heavenly Father and family following a long, hard-fought medical illness at the age of 85.
He was born December 23, 1932 to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Clark Baker in Gladewater, Texas.
Mr. Baker was married to the love of his life, Doris Darragh Baker, July 4, 1953 in Henderson, Texas in the pastor’s study. Mr. and Mrs. Baker have four children, nine grandchildren, three great-granddaughters, and expect the arrival of their fourth great-granddaughter next month.
Mr. Baker is preceded in death by his parents Alvin Clark Baker and Annie Mae (Smith) Baker and brothers Alvin Clark Baker, Jr., Edward Eugene Baker, and James Aubrey Baker.
He is survived by his wife, Doris of 64 years, daughter Patricia and son-in-law Wesley Edge, daughter Barbara Baker, son Jerry and daughter-in-law Tina Baker, daughter Karen and son-in-law Bryan Humphrey, sister Sophia Jean Lenderman, numerous nieces and nephews, and his partner in crime and best buddy “Red Dog” Davie.
Mr. Baker, Poppop, will also forever be remembered for his love, wit, generosity, and life-long guidance by his grandchildren: Summer Leigh-Anne Edge, Chuck Edge, Lisa and husband Daniel McCleary, Lauren and husband Darren Bidgood, David Paul Fahrenthold II and wife Dr. Bethany Harpole, Katie Baker, Lizzie Baker, Brandon “Pidge” Pigeon, and Christin and husband Scott Orban; and great-grandchildren: Willow McCleary and Calla and Vanessa Bidgood.
Mr. Baker was a loving father, grandfather, brother, and friend to many. He served his country as a member of the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1957 stationed in England during the Korean Conflict. Upon honorable discharge from the Air Force, Mr. Baker spent the next 30 years working for the United States Postal Service in Marshall and Longview. Additionally, he worked for the Spring Hill Independent School District for seven years as a custodian and bus driver. After retiring from Spring Hill ISD, Mr. Baker worked various part-time jobs until he entered full retirement in the spring of 2013.
The family will accept visitors at Welch Funeral Home, 4619 Judson Road, Longview, Texas Monday, January 1, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A home-going celebration service for Mr. Baker will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at his home church, First Baptist Church of Judson, 2038 FM 1844, Longview, Texas 75605 with Tim Smith officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Heart to Heart Hospice Longview, 100 W. Hawkins Parkway, Suite A, Longview, Texas 75605 and Comfort Keepers Home Care, 1125 Judson Road #106, Longview, Texas 75601.