OBITUARY

Sullivan BAKER Jr.

September 15, 1944February 6, 2021
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Sullivan BAKER Jr., age 76, of Houston, Texas passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2021. Sullivan was born September 15, 1944.

A funeral service for Sullivan will be held Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Forest Lawn Missionary Baptist Church, 8101 Wileyvale Rd., Houston, TX 77016. Following the funeral service will be a committal service from 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Memories

Sullivan BAKER Jr.

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Faye Shannon

February 24, 2021

To: The Baker Family, may God continue to bless and comfort you all during the transitioning of Bro. Baker. My thoughts and prayers are with you all today and always. I will forever remember Bro. Baker's kind words, smile, and laughter. I thank God for allowing Bro. Baker to be my brother in Christ. God bless!

DeWayne Rawls

February 23, 2021

Mrs. Baker, Selena, and all the many family members, and friends of Mr. Baker:

I am so happy that through my friendship and working relationship with Selena at the Houston ISD, Nutrition Services Department, I had the privilege to meet Mr. Baker a few years ago.
I first met Mr. Baker during “Grandparent’s Day” at Atherton Elementary School, when I went to help Selena and her staff, serve lunch to the visiting Grandparents, who came to eat lunch with their Grandchildren; which also happened to be where Selena’s children attended school. Mr. Baker proudly attended the annual “Grandparents Day” event and was happy to enjoy the time he shared with his precious Grandchildren that day.
When I think about meeting Mr. Baker for the first time, I can’t help but think about his smile. Mr. Baker’s smile was infectious! When you saw him smile, you couldn’t help but just gone on and smile with him! In fact, you may not even know what he was smiling about, it just seemed like he just had to smile, and just seemed happy!
Mr. Baker demonstrated an unparalleled-level of positive-energy that made a lasting-impression on me that I’ll never forget. In the short amount of time that I knew him, I was quickly reminded of what dignity actually is. A man with a true value of dignity is rare, but he defined the meaning of dignity so well and it was incredibly refreshing.
I am so thankful for having the opportunity to meet such a wonderful man and while it goes without saying, that his absence on earth leaves a void that can be filled by no other; his legacy, his smile, his energy, his dignity, and the love he had for his family, will forever live on.
My deepest and most sympathetic condolences to Mrs Baker, Selena, and to all of Mr. Baker’s many family members and friends.
Kindest and warmest regards,
DeWayne Rawls

Larry Forde

February 23, 2021

My prayers goes out to the Shelton’s family during their lost of this great family member.
Larry Forde

Vickie Udoh

February 21, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God uplift you and give you strength!
Love you Selena!!

Debra White Marshall

February 21, 2021

Shelton, I am praying God will strengthen you and your family during this very difficult time.

Cassandra Williams

February 19, 2021

My prayers are with you and Family You have my deepest sympathy 💐 for your loss. My God strengthen you and keep you in his loving arms.

Cassandra

Willie Lee Sowells Hosea

February 16, 2021

It's hard to know what to say at this sad time because your loss is so great and because your husband , father / grandfather will be missed in so many ways . But even though no words can truly comfort you , perhaps they can in some small way ,express the depth of care and concern that's felt for you and your family.

Zano Bailey

February 16, 2021

Bro Shelton, my prayers are with you and the Baker family. Just know that your Brother is with you and Mother Baker.

Francene Wilson

February 15, 2021

Shelton, we send our condolences to you and your family. Losing a love one makes for an extremely difficult time filled with a host of emotions. We continue to pray that God gives you the strength, love and patience needed to get through this time. God is in control and has called his son Sullivan to his heavenly home where he is at peace. We love you and we are here to support you always.

Albert Allen

February 15, 2021

TO: Sullivan Baker Family
Those we love can never be more than
A thought away, as long as we remember
Sullivan Baker he will live in our hearts.
I remember how busy he was our Senior year at
PVAMU, Running for Student Council President,
Advanced ROTC, Omega Psi Phi., Barons of Innovations,
Epsilon Pi Tau, and Who’s Who. He was a
Dynamic Student Leader. We will miss him.
Albert Allen, PVAMU Golden Class of 1967

Biography

Sullivan Doyle Baker Jr. was the only child born September 15th, 1944 to the late Reverend Sullivan Doyle Baker Sr. and the late Mrs. Minnie B. Baker, in Houston, TX. At a very early age he joined and became an active member in Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of his father’s pastor. His journey as a Christian continued throughout his life and in 1970, he joined Forest Lawn Missionary Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of Reverend Marion L. Bryant. As a devout member, he served under the new leadership of Reverend R. C. Bell as a member of the Mass and Men choruses; was a faithful member of the Men of Character Bible Study; and a diligent Church Trustee.

Sullivan received his Elementary and High school education from Sam Houston High School in Huntsville, TX., where his mother was a teacher. Upon completion of his undergraduate work at Prairie View A&M University, he was commissioned into the United States Army as a 2nd Lieutenant, Quartermaster Officer. He completed his military obligations as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at University of Houston (Central campus). He went on to receive his Master’s degree, Texas Profession Mid-Management Administrator Certificate, and a Texas Professional Certificate for School Superintendent from University of Houston (Central campus).

Sullivan D. Baker, Jr. was employed thirty-two years by the Houston Independent School District. He worked as a teacher for ten years and as an Assistant Principal for twenty-two years.

Among his affiliations, he was a life member of the Sam Houston Alumni Chapter of Sam Houston High School, life member of the Prairie View A&M University Alumni Chapter, and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

On February 6th, 2021, Sullivan D. Baker, Jr. joined that great cloud of witnesses which includes his father and mother, daughter Serena D. Baker; and many others who have gone on to receive their reward.

He is survived by his loving wife, Olivia E. Baker and daughters’ Selena D. Nimchan and Sabrina D. Baker-Henderson; son Shelton D. Baker; grandchildren Jada Nimchan, Shane Nimchan and Paulette Henderson; two aunts, two sister-in laws, and a host of cousins, other relatives and countless friends.

What a legacy, what a life. I invite each of you to keep Sullivan D. Baker Jr. alive in your hearts.