Linvel Baker

April 23, 1956September 11, 2021
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Linvel Baker, a long-time resident of Marble Falls, Texas passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2021 on the beautiful Rampart Ranch property in Rowden, Texas.

He was born Kenneth Linvel Baker on April 23, 1956 in Kerrville, Texas to Ollie Ann (Rippy) and the late Kenny Baker.

Linvel was the oldest of four, raised on the family farm in Smithwick. While in High School, Linvel displayed his varied interests as he proved a leader on the football field, as President of the FFA, and a representative at Boys State.

After losing his baby brother, Leslie, to Hodgkin's Disease, Linvel went on a search to find out who God truly is. With guidance and wisdom from Nelson Lewis and Truman Stinson, Linvel went to the Sunset School of Preaching and found what he was looking for. He developed an even deeper faith and conviction in God, which would shape his life and impact hundreds of others.

After Sunset, Linvel continued with two years at Harding University and completed his Bachelor in Biblical Studies at Abilene Christian University in 1990. He later went on to receive his Master of Theology degree from the Austin Graduate School of Theology. Linvel had an insatiable thirst for knowledge, truth, and wisdom. He never felt as though he had “arrived,” but constantly welcomed debate, curiosity, and challenge. Through this, Linvel developed a deep love and compassion for people, based out of the reality of God’s word. He deeply wanted people to understand the truth and intentionally use their mind and wisdom, instead of the fleeting emotions that come and go.

In 1980, he met Shirley Davis and knew immediately he had to spend his life with her. They married later that year in a civil ceremony in Goldthwaite,Texas followed by a large celebration with their family and friends. Linvel and Shirley lived in several places including Brownwood, San Angelo, Bremond, Grand Prairie, Bertram, and Colorado before they settled in Smithwick,Texas.

Linvel faithfully preached the word for 44 years, spending the last 32 at the Smithwick Church of Christ from which he retired in December 2020.

Linvel loved sharing his passions with his children and grandchildren, especially his deep love of the land and hunting. He spent many years raising livestock, playing chess, studying history, philosophy, Greek, and acupuncture. In later years, Linvel was an avid primitive archer. He most recently had developed an excitement and interest in Permaculture and had big plans for the Rampart Ranch. Rampart means a place of safety and refuge, as mentioned in Psalm 91, and Linvel had set his eyes to create a space that was just that. The more he worked the land, the more he loved it.

Also known as Daddy, Uncle, and most often, PaPa—he was loved by many. One of his best qualities was his ability to connect with people. He never met a stranger, and always had a great story and laugh to share. Through the years, he made more friends than you can count.

Linvel was preceded in death by his father Watt Kenneth Baker and his brother, Leslie Baker.

He is survived by Shirley, his loving wife of almost 41 years; three children, Whitney Goble and her husband, Andis of Bertram; Kaleb Baker of Marble Falls; Lauren Hopkins and her husband Joey of Midland; and 7 grandchildren, Angela, Kate, Makenzy, Makayla and Paxton Goble, Baker and Bennett Hopkins, his mother, Ollie Ann (Rippy) Baker; His brother, Lauris Baker and his wife Cheryl and their family and also his sister, Ann.

Visitation will be Friday, September 24th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Smithwick Church of Christ. Funeral service will be on Saturday, September 25th at 10 am at the Marble Falls Church of Christ, with burial to follow at Smithwick Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Linvel’s memory to the Georgetown Church of Christ, Attn: Missions, 1525 University Ave. Georgetown, TX 78628, Memo: Thessaloniki.


  • Georgetown Church of Christ-Attn: Missions-Thessaloniki



  • Visitation

    Friday, September 24, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 25, 2021



  • Burial


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Dave and Rita Cross

October 14, 2021

Linvel Baker was our minister for many years when we lived in Vista del Rio near the Smithwick Church of Christ. We have fond memories of Linvel and his family. Dave so enjoyed his hunting trips with Linvel and his friends. We held a few Bible studies in our home.

We always felt that Linvel was a strong man of God and brought us all together on Sundays to share our love for our Father.

We send our sincere sympathy to Shirley, Ollie Ann, Lauris and Linvel's other close family members. We know he will be missed by so many but is enjoying eternal live with God in Heaven.

Mike Gray

September 27, 2021

I did not know Linvel very long just for about a year or so. Linvel always had a good story to tell when we talked and a great laugh. I know he enjoyed working on his and Ms. Shirley's property in Rowden. Linvel will be missed by all that knew him he was a good man and a good friend.

Cindy Oldaker

September 25, 2021

Linvel was always a vital part of our family. We got to know his family when my brother Tommy was married to his aunt Laura. We shared many wonderful meals and church functions over the year. My father Marvin Dodd adored Linvel and my Mother “Bill Dodd” thought of him as one of her own. When our son Michael Dodd Oldaker died he was there immediately to comfort us an he helped me to know that my son was in heaven. We will always love Linvel and his family.

Mamie Keith

September 24, 2021

We remember when Linvel was born. We were not fortunate enough to be close to see him grow up. Ollie Ann , our cousin kept in touch and it was always evident how proud of him she was. He must have been a great guy, wish we could have known him better. I know all will miss him but remember he is with Jesus. We want to extend our sympathy, love and prayers to all the family. The Keith family and the Stevens family.

Sharon Schwartz

September 24, 2021

Linvel was for sure a "salt of the earth" man. He always spoke the truth and was a faithful man of God. Even in the worst circumstances, such as memorial services, Linvel's messages would bring comfort and peace to your heart. There is no doubt, he is smiling from ear to ear, like he always did, and rejoicing in heaven with those who went before him, and with the good Lord.

Special prayers of peace for all of the family.

Sharon Goodwin Schwartz

Robin Haggard Ritchie

September 23, 2021

I met Linvle in the early 1970s. He and his mom & dad were very special friends of my parents that we met through Ray Crass ( & the late Martin and Lorena). We shared a friendship through the love of hunting ( deer & coon), singing , and Christ. We attended Hensel Memorial Foundation School of Music (Singing School) together for several years. He loved my mom ( Big Momma) and my Daddy. His kind heart, his friendly disposition, his sweet smile was always welcomed in our family.
Our lives were miles apart, but he has ALWAYS had a special and treasured place of love in my heart. I will continue to always carry him in my memories and remember him with love. RIP dear one.
Ollie Ann, Lauris, and Sissy- and beloved family of Linvle Baker, you are in my prayers and have my most sincere condolences.

Kristine Sproul

September 22, 2021

It has been only 7years - but we feel as if we have always belonged at Smithwick Church! Uncle Dick, on a stretcher made it difficult to get anywhere fast and we learned of the Church of Christ
across the street!
Linvel’s sermon was on the importance of the Old Testament! And that was our ticket to the PREACHER WHO WANTED TO LEARN and TEACH!
What a combination! He led, listened, he loved his wife as a prince to his princess, he stayed to give a hug or a hand.
There was nothing he didn’t want to tackle - and Shirley would smile with confidence. So I thought of all I learned from Linvel and with a look toward heaven….what I thought he would say to us all….

Everything has a season
And I have had mine.
I want you all to know:
I am just FINE!
I am enjoying every Value
I ever had to choose
And I want you to know: I WIN!
Even though I know you loose.

So never think a moment
That I should have had more days…
I lived at least 100 years of adventures
in Many ways.

Learning was my passion…loving Shirley and my family too…
But moving on to Heaven
Doesn’t mean that I’ve left you!
Whenever you have questions
And seek to know the way…
My voice you’ll hear within your head…
Take HIS WORD and Pray.

And after every instance
You will see that - you have won!
As I stand with Jesus in Heaven
I say with Him… well done.

Carol Whittenbaugh

September 22, 2021

I didn’t know Linvel but knew his mom, Ollie Ann, and his Aunt Laura, my dear friend, and have heard stories about what a wonderful person he was. I’m so sorry he’s no longer on earth with us but know he’s happy to be with our Lord. 🙏

Doreen Prentice

September 22, 2021

Randolph and Doreen Prentice of St. Kitts had the privilege of meeting with Lauris and Cheryl Baker when they visited the island sent by the Smith Wick church of Christ under the eldership of Tom Sponts an Elder also at the St. Kitts Branch
C of C.
Some time later down we had the joy of returning the visit to Texas for Tom's 90th birthday by the Bakers and Members of the Smith Wick C of C and was a tearful reunion as Tom & Mimi never knew of the surprised visit.

Linvel and my husband connect as Lauris introduced us and from that time on it was fun and lectures by Linvel.

Upon learning of the passing of Linvel on Saturday by Bro. Hanks we were taken aback and saddened I then sent some some enquiry not in doubt, then Lauris said yes.

on behalf of the C of C and Evangelist Randolph we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, family and the church family, May his soul Rest in Peace and rise in Glory

Randolph & Doreen Prentice

Vera Holloman (Mrs James)

September 22, 2021

I still remember the handsome young boy that spent many fun filled hours at our house during the Sunset years at Lubbock. James has been gone 3 years now , but he was thrilled to get to visit with Linvel when he stopped in Sweetwater about a month before James went to claim his reward. He went to services with us & came home for lunch & a wonderful visit with some of our daughters. We all loved Linvel. He was truly a servant. And truly a wonderful friend to my entire family. I’m so sorry Shirley & Ollie. He will be missed.