Charles Ray Baker
By Kim Swindell Wood | February 8, 2018 12:02 pm
Charles Ray Baker, 77, passed from this life to be with his loving wife of 53 years, Claudine.
A Spencer resident, he was born Dec. 28, 1940, in Warren County, to A. P. Baker and Amanda Hillis Baker, who preceded him in death.
He worked for Oster Corporation for 37 years and enjoyed working for Van Buren County in their solid waste department during his retirement years. He was a member of Spencer First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon since 1969.
Charles Ray touched so many lives in a positive way – from his days as Spencer city mayor to the many, many years of coaching little ones with the youth association and coaching the adult guys in softball to being a strong member of First Baptist Church.
Along with his mother and father he was preceded in death by wife, Claudine Hayes Baker.
He is survived by his daughter, Penny Baker, of Spencer; grandchildren, Haley (Drew) Townsend, of Fortson, Georgia, Caleb Campbell, of Youngstown, Ohio, Drew Campbell, of Spencer; great-grandchildren, Hayes, Hallie Kate, and Deacon Townsend, of Fortson, Georgia; brother, Bobby Baker, of Pikeville; and a large extended family and a host of friends.
Funeral service will be 4 p.m., Feb. 8, 2018, at Layne Funeral Home, with a sunset burial to follow in Spencer Town Cemetery. Bro. Nathan Haynes and Bro. Tracy Curtis officiating, with remarks by Caleb Campbell.
The family requests the Van Buren County High School Class of 1958 be honorary pallbearers.
Layne Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.