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Hickory Funeral Home

1031 11Th Avenue Blvd SE, Hickory, NC

OBITUARY

Charles Edward Baker Sr.

July 7, 1943May 25, 2019
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Charles (Buddy) Edward Baker, Sr., age 75 died on May 25, 2019, at Trinity Village in Hickory, N.C. surrounded by loved ones and the amazing staff in their memory care unit. Buddy was born July 7, 1943, in Welch, West Virginia to Dock and Ola (Adkins) Baker Webb. He was one of 8 children. Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters. Buddy had a hard upbringing and was determined to make more out of his own life. He moved to Charleston, S.C. in 1965 and purchased his first piece of property. From there he resided in Charleston for the next 50 plus years of his life until his health took him back to Hickory, N.C. During this time he became the father to three amazing children, (Shelley, Sonia & C.J.) all born in Charleston, S.C. who later blessed him with 7 grandsons and 1 great grandson. Buddy worked hard and lived life to the fullest. He was one that always wanted to be able to provide the best that he could for his family. He was known to love with his whole heart and by family to be the most complimentary person one would ever meet. Over the years Buddy and his family became members of and attended Folly Beach Baptist Church on Folly Beach, S.C. Buddy was known for his love of singing old hymns and participating in the many wonderful potluck suppers! Buddy joined the Electrical Union in 1968 and was a member for the remainder of his life. In 2018 he was recognized for his 50 years of service and dedication to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. During this time, with his family by his side he also started his own business, Electrical Service Company, which he owned and operated for over 25 years. He was also a blessed residential and commercial real estate owner over the years. Buddy is survived by his sister, Ann Falls (Earl) of Hickory, N.C.; his only son, Charles (C.J.) Edward Baker, Jr. (Nicole) of Charleston, S.C., his daughter Shelley Baker Hughes (Tommy) of Hickory, N.C. and Sonia Leigh Baker of Charleston, S.C.; 7 grandsons, Joshua L. Null (Brittany), Dallas L. Hughes, Austin T. Hughes, Cooper E. Baker, Braxton Edward Stapleton, Cohen E. Baker and Collier E. Baker; and 1 great-grandson, Brycen C. Null. The family will receive friends on June 1st at 10:30am, at Hickory Funeral Home, Hickory, N.C. followed by a service at 11:30am. The burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made in Buddy’s name to the American Diabetes Association to help fund critical diabetes research, education and awareness programs. American Diabetes Association PO Box 15829 Arlington, VA 22215 You may also donate via phone by calling (800)342-2383.

We all love you Daddy! Fly high Superman!

  • FAMILY

  • Ann Falls, Sister
  • Earl Falls, Brother-in-law
  • Charles (C.J.) Edward Baker Jr., Son
  • Nicole Baker, Daughter-in-law
  • Shelley Baker Hughes, Daughter
  • Tommy L. Hughes, Son-in-law
  • Sonia Leigh Baker, Daughter
  • Joshua L. Null, Grandson
  • Brittany Null, Granddaughter-in-law
  • Dallas L. Hughes, Grandson
  • Austin T. Hughes, Grandson
  • Cooper E. Baker, Grandson
  • Braxton Edward Stapleton, Grandson
  • Cohen E. Baker, Grandson
  • Collier E. Baker, Grandson
  • Brycen Null, Great Grandson
  • Ola (Adkins) Baker Webb, Mother
  • Dock Baker, Father
  • Buddy was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Charles (C.J.) Edward Baker Jr.
  • Tommy L. Hughes
  • Joshua L. Null
  • Dallas L. Hughes
  • Austin T. Hughes
  • Cooper E. Baker
  • DONATIONS

  • American Diabetes Association

Services

  • VISITATION Saturday, June 1, 2019
  • FUNERAL SERVICE Saturday, June 1, 2019
  • BURIAL Saturday, June 1, 2019

Memories

Charles Edward Baker Sr.

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Sonia Baker

June 12, 2019

Daddy, I miss you so much more each day that goes by. I know that you are in a much better place now and for that I give God all the Glory! But I do wish I had one more chance to hear you say “Sissy I love you”. I wish I had one more day to feel you squeeze my hand as you did on our last day together here on earth. As Father’s Day nears I have been thinking back on all the fun times we had watching you open your gifts and just celebrating you on that day. This year will definitely be different but I pray you will hear my wishes as I send them up to you along with Shelley & CJ in a new tradition we are starting in memory of our one and only Daddy! I love you so very much! Please keep watch over me❤️❤️
With all the love your baby girl has,
Sonia Leigh
6/12/19

Darlene Wagener

May 28, 2019

I always loved You. I love Sonia, Cathy, and Cj with all my heart.,too. Oh I remember hanging out with ya'll at the house on Folly Beach. I wish my family Wayne, John Wayne, and Brittany could be with the family but we aren't able to be there. But we will be there in spirit. I will miss you and one day I will see you and everyone else again. Love to the Baker Family ❤️! Praying for all.

Chuck & Sharon Jones

May 28, 2019

To Shelley, Sonia & CJ,
So sorry for your loss. We had many memories together. Cherish the good ole days...
Chuck & Sharon Jones


Sonia Baker

May 28, 2019

I love you Daddy and I will always miss you until we are reunited again! Today it feels like I have something missing in my heart yet I know you are in the most amazing place we could ever dream of! Throughout my life you taught me so many things that I’m so extremely thankful for. You and mom both encouraged me to never stop, shoot for the stars and not to allow anyone or anything to stop me. I can still hear your voice and see that smile on your face when I walked across the stage and received my degree at the College of Charleston. You were so proud that I was one of the 1st in the Baker Family to earn my degree. 21 years later I’m blessed to have the job that you were a big part of as well and I wish I could thank you again. I promise to continue to do my very best, to be the best mother to Braxton that I can be and raise him in Church. He’s such a special little boy with a love for you like I have never witnessed. I’m so thankful God gave me the chance to hug, kiss and spend quality time with you this past year. But most of all I’m so thankful Braxton finally met his Granddaddy!

Fly high my Superman, my hero and please know you are forever in my heart - my one and only Daddy!

Byeloveyouseeyouagainoneday! (There are only a few that will understand ❤️)

Love always,

Your baby girl,
Sonia Leigh Baker

Hazel Doniphan

May 28, 2019

I just wanted to say, how sorry I am for your loss....I know that Bootie was welcoming Buddy with open arms....My prayers are with you and your family....love ya'll…..

Chris Sprouse

May 27, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss.It was a pleasure working with your dad at Trinity Village.

FROM THE FAMILY

Our Handsome Daddy!

FROM THE FAMILY

Shelley stayed by Daddy’s side for the last 12 nights of his life here on earth. We have an amazing sister and Daddy has an amazing daughter!

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Sonia and CJ

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Daddy enjoying being spoiled!

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Our Handsome Daddy!

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Shelley stayed by Daddy’s side for the last 12 nights of his life here on earth. We have an amazing sister and Daddy has an amazing daughter!

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Sonia and CJ

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Daddy enjoying being spoiled!

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Silly faces!

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Family Christmas in Blackville

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Daddy’s kisses are the best!

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Granddaddy & Austin

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Josh, Brittany and Brycen visiting Granddaddy at Trinity.

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Daddy’s Boy!