Jeral "Jerry" Smith Baker

August 22, 1931August 27, 2018

Jeral “Jerry” Smith Baker, 87, of Bainbridge, passed away on Monday, August 27, 2018.

He was born August 22, 1931 in Indianapolis, IN, the son of Franklin Josiah and Vada Jane (Smith) Baker and was a graduate of Bainbridge High School. He was a veteran having served in the United States Airforce.

Jerry owned and operated the Rockhurst Barber Shop on the Westside of Indianapolis for over 25 years. He was a member of the Bainbridge United Methodist Church; Greencastle Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star, V.F.W. and the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley S. (Thompson) Baker; children, Jeretta (husband, Doug) Reynolds, Joe (wife, Rosie) Baker, Janet Lane, and Joyce Reed; sisters, Sandra O’Hair and Sharon Austin; eight grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Jaycie Kim Lane; brother, Dale Baker; and a sister, Naomi Elliott.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Bainbridge Community Center on Saturday, September 1, 2018 with the family receiving friends from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM with a memorial service to be held at 3:00 PM.

A private family inurnment with military honors will be held at a later date at the Union Chapel Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Bainbridge Alumni Association.

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  • Bainbridge Alumni Association


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, September 1, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 1, 2018

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Rebecca Poor-Allen

August 30, 2018

Shirley, I have fond memories of Jerry and the times Bob and I spent together with the two of you many years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.