Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home & Memorial Park

2551 North Armistead Ave, Hampton, VA


Donald R. Baker Jr.

July 1, 1954March 12, 2020

Donald (Doc) Ray Baker Jr. was born into this world July 1, 1954 and passed on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at his family home in Roxobel, North Carolina with his wife Helen Baker of 45 years by his side.

Ray is survived by his sister Connie Mitchum (Joseph) and brother David Baker Sr. (Lisa) and three children: Eddie Barker and his wife, Emily; Tina Ashley and her husband, Roger; Tammy Meyer; nine grandchildren: Cody Ashley and his wife Hailey; Aspen Barker; Hunter Ashley; John Barker; River Barker-Neil; Nathaniel Ashley; Madison Ashley; Charles Meyer; Jacob Ashley and Wynter Supplee; two great grandchildren: Nickolas Ashley and Audrey Doss; Uncle Charles White and his wife Charlotte, Aunts Virginia Wilson and Anna Mae Castagna; and his grand dog, Roscoe, Ray's buddy, who knew when Ray showed up he was getting a biscuit.

The constant jester, Ray will always be remembered for his warm smile and sharp wit and light hearted singing to all within hearing. Many nieces and nephews will remember him as Uncle Dopey.

Ray was born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina the son of Viva and Donald Ray Baker Sr. and grew up in Hampton, Virginia.

Ray faithfully served the Newport News shipbuilding and Dry Dock company from 1974 to 2015 as an outdoor machinist achieving master craftsman. Served in the National Guard for six years from 1976 to 1982.

Services will be held at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home 2551 Armistead Ave. Hampton VA 23666, March 19, 2020. Visitation for family starts at 12:30 p.m., friends at 1:00 p.m., main service at 2:00 p.m.

Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and offer words of condolence with the family.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, March 19, 2020


Donald R. Baker Jr.

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Robert Seaford

March 21, 2020

I am so sorry to see Donald in the obituaries. We have been in the mountains for the last two weeks. Like his dad, Donald was a very funny guy who could make anyone laugh. I know Donald had a wonderful life. I just wished he could have stayed with us a lot longer. I will never forget one day at NNS, I was riding my bike to go teach a class. When I turned down an alley it was blocked by a crowd of people. This group of folks seemed to be surrounding one individual. When I got up close I could see the star of this show was none other than Donald Baker Jr. Rest in peace dear brother!

David Baker

March 19, 2020

I love you Uncle doppy I still remember your great sense of humor you had.