Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory - Reid Chapel

412 S. Washington Hwy., Ashland, VA


Lewis Franklin Baker

January 27, 1931February 12, 2020

Frank Baker of Ashland entered heaven on February 12, 2020. Born on January 27, 1931 to James Edward and Elva Layne Baker, Frank was the third of four sons, served in the US Navy, and was active in Gwathmey Baptist Church. Frank was a quiet man with a dry sense of humor and a helpful friend to anyone he met.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Deane Edwards; and his older brothers, Ed and Stuart.

He leaves his memory to Mary Gray Baker, his wife of 23 years; his daughters, Brenda Wimmer (Bill) and Karen Baker; his granddaughter, Katelyn Huffman (Kevin); his brother, E. J. Baker (Pollye) of Shreveport, LA; and his foster sister, Patsy Zevgolis. Special memories are also held by his extended family of Sheila Conrad (Tim); Wendy Seay (David); Al Moore (Julie); six grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Monday, February 17 and from 11:00am to 12:00pm on Tuesday, February 18, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 412 S Washington Hwy., Ashland. A funeral service will begin at 12:00pm on Tuesday at Nelsen Funeral Home with interment following at Signal Hill. A reception will follow at Gwathmey Baptist Church.

The family is grateful for the special care Frank received as his health declined. Dr. Mark Baron provided his expertise and compassion and always took the time to listen. The professionals from Companion Extraordinaire assisted Frank and cared for him with dignity and tenderness. In many ways they became members of his family. As the end of this life approached, the nurses and support staff from Bon Secours Hospice cared for Frank with professionalism and compassion. Our family was blessed by all of you.

Donations may be made to Gwathmey Baptist Church 11232 Gwathmey Church Road Ashland, VA 23005 or to Bon Secours Hospice 8580 Magellan Parkway Richmond, VA 23227.


  • Mary Gray Baker, Wife
  • Brenda Wimmer (Bill), Daughter
  • Karen Baker, Daughter
  • Katelyn Huffman (Kevin), Granddaughter
  • E.J. Baker (Pollye), Brother
  • Patsy Zevgolis, Foster Sister
  • Special memories are also held by his extended family of Sheila Conrad (Tim); Wendy Seay (David); Al Moore (Julie); six grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

  • Gwathmey Baptist Church
  • Bon Secours Hospice


  • Visitation Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Visitation Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • Committal Tuesday, February 18, 2020


Lewis Franklin Baker

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Vicki Leach

February 17, 2020

"Oops, Continuation from previous memory hit wrong button." I want to say that I saw the most beautiful caring and loving family that I got to be a part of in the Baker household. They all became my family as well and especially enjoyed the wonderful holidays when I have very few members of my family living in the nearby area of Ashland. God Bless Frank and Mary, Brenda and Bill, Karen and Katie. I will always keep in touch with the Baker's in years to come especially at holiday time! Love to all of you, Vicki Leach 💝❤💖