Ernest "PaPa" Baker

September 23, 1923March 16, 2019

Ernest Alexander ‘PaPa” Baker passed away in the arms of his Lord on Saturday morning at 2:30 am, March 16, 2019. His services will be at Calvary Baptist Church on Highway 22 East, in Hamilton Texas on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm. with Rev. Andrew Sobities of Calvary Baptist Church, presiding also Riney Jordan of Clifton. Ernie was born in Ivan, Texas on September 19, 1923 to Alexander Z. Baker and Nell Baker. He was one of nine children born to the Bakers. He was active in his high school and played football and sports. Left home at an early age and joined the U.S. Army Air Corp. He was a World War II Veteran and very proud of serving his country all through his life. He met the love of his life, Eulalia Florence Floyd, at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin and after nine years of going together, she finally said “yes” and they married. They made their home in Austin and Ernie worked for University Typewriter Exchange, Maverick Clarke Stationers, Von Beckman Jones Company, J.C. Bair Company and Crawford Penick Stationers and then retired then his wife retired from S.W. Bell as an executive of operations. PaPa was a Charter Member of The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA. He moved to Hamilton from Austin in 2003 after his wife had a stroke and was moved to Dove Hill Nursing Home. PaPa stayed by her side until she passed away in his arms. They were married 49 years. PaPa lived with Suzy and Reigh at their ranch in Shive until he bought his own home in Hamilton. After surviving a massive heart attack and stroke, he was homebound. The doctors at Providence said he only had 2 weeks to 2 months to live. He lived over two more years. When he could no longer live by himself, he moved to Hamilton Healthcare Nursing Home and lived there until he passed away. He was a beloved example of leading with a wise, gentle sprit. We will miss him but know he has gained his reward. He said he had a good life and was ready to meet the Lord. Preceded in death, by his parents Alexander and Nell Baker, his wife Eulalia Florence Baker in 1999, brothers Don Baker, and Herbert Baker, sisters Edna Wright, Genvieve James, Wilma Roche and Leeanna Anderson, son Lt.Col. Ralph H. Floyd Jr., son- in- law Reigh H. Thames, great-grandson Andrew Eugene Thames, great granddaughters, Elizabeth Grace May and Jessica Ann May. Survivors: daughter Suzy Thames of Hamilton, faithful, close friends, he thought of as family, Josephine Rogers and Francisco Carrillo of Gustine. nieces Janis Webber and husband John of San Antonio; Beth Falls and husband Mike of Austin; Nancy Mundt and husband Randy of Houston. Grandchildren: Darrell Thames of Austin, Brenda Wampler and husband Wayne of Cedar Park; Suzette May and husband David of San Saba; step-grandchildren Janet Johnson and husband Rick of Canyon Lake; Rebecca Beck and late husband Pat of Kyle. Great- grandchildren: Ernie Reigh Thames of Bastrop and wife Lyssa of Kyle, Terry Thames and wife Casey of Elgin; Sherilyn Hanna and husband Josh of Bastrop; Ethan Allen May, John-Samuel May and Sarah-Kate May of San Saba. Great-Great grandchildren: Eulalia Sage and Cathrine Elizabeth Thames of Kyle; Taylor, Kaylee, Blake and Alex Thames of Elgin; Layton, Emmalynn and Barrett Andrew Hanna of Bastrop. Memorials: If desired, may be made to Calvary Baptist Church in Ernest PaPa Baker’s name. “Today is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”


  • Alexander Z Baker, Father
  • Nell Baker, Mother
  • Suzy Thames, Daughter

  • Francisco Carrillo, Active
  • David May, Active
  • Ethan A. May, Active
  • John-Samuel May, Active
  • Darrell Thames, Active
  • Ernie Reigh Thames, Active
  • Terry Thames, Active
  • Henry DeLeon, Honorary
  • Derek Dittrich, Honorary
  • Ingle (Gate) Gatewood, Honorary
  • Keith Gatewood, Honorary
  • Riney Jordan, Honorary
  • Glen Moore, Honorary
  • Dave Newton, Honorary
  • Roy Reinert, Honorary
  • Judge Mark Tynes, Honorary


  • Funeral Service

Ernest "PaPa" Baker

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Clarlynn Arbuckle

March 20, 2019

Suzy and family: I just learned of PaPa Baker's death. I cherish the memories that I have from living next door to him for many years. He was an absolute delight to talk with and he and Brady did a lot of talking.
Again, my prayers are with you and the family. We have lost important people in our lives.