James "Jim" McCall Baker

November 21, 1930March 20, 2012

James McCall “Jim” Baker, 81, of Hunting Ridge Road, Martinsville, died Tuesday afternoon, March 20, 2012. Born November 21, 1930 in Rowland NC, he was the son of Wade Hampton Baker and Eva Pleasants Baker. He studied business at the University of North Carolina, graduating in 1953, later earning his CPA. He served in the Army (101st Airborne) for two years then began a career in accounting. He worked for Peat-Marwick and for the newspaper in Greensboro before moving into the textile industry, a change that brought him to Martinsville to join Tultex in 1973. He retired in 1996 and focused his time on service to his community. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church for nearly 40 years and served as an elder there. He was active in the Rotary Club, served as a Master Gardener, volunteered with the Virginia Museum of Natural History and Hospice of Memorial Hospital, supported the Boy Scouts, and used his experience in business to help new companies through the SCORE program. He married Nancy Rose Leonard in March of 1962. He surely lives through his sons, but his grandchildren are his proudest legacy. Albert Baker, his wife Tracy, and their children Tom and Rose live in Lynchburg, Va. Mac Baker and his wife Mary Beth and their children James and Ellie live in Lexington, Va. His brother Harvey Baker and his sisters Ann Styron and Eva Hardin preceded him in death. Surviving siblings include Mary Bell Hall, Marion Baker, and Neil Baker. He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia during the last four months of his life. He faced it with the stoicism and bravery that we all knew him for, but he still found humor in the little things and beauty in the natural world. He spent his last few days surrounded by those he loved, in the care of skilled and compassionate friends at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 in the afternoon at First Presbyterian Church with a reception to follow at the church. The family will receive friends Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at McKee-Stone Funeral Home in Martinsville. Please remember him through memorials to First Presbyterian Church (1901 Patrick Henry Ave, Martinsville), to the Blue Ridge Mountains Council of the Boy Scouts of America (P.O. Box 7606, Roanoke, VA 24019-0606), or to the charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 24, 2012
  • Memorial Service Sunday, March 25, 2012

James "Jim" McCall Baker

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March 24, 2012

Nancy and family. My thoughts are with you'll during this period of grief. I studied a great deal about the soul and life after death, when my wife died. While Jim's soul has some sadness having to leave his loved ones, he is in a place that words can not describe the happiness there. Look for signs from him, letting you'll know that he is fine.

Prayers are being said for all

Jim Harris

Paul & Peggy Snider

March 24, 2012

Nancy and boys our thoughts & prayers are with you in this time of great sorrow. Nancy I remember mother & I having so much fun .making your wedding cake. Fond memories.
Paul & Peggy Snider . (Lexington, N. C.)

March 23, 2012

Nancy - My sympathy for you and your boys and their family in the death of
Jim. My thoughts and prayers are with
you at this time.

Bob and Doris Biesecker
Lexington, N.c.

Barbara Merriam

March 22, 2012

Nancy, Albert and Mac, I am so sorry for your loss. Even though we have been gone from Martinsville for many years, you have not been forgotten. My prayers are for fond memories to comfort you at this time.

Mary & Tammy Woody

March 22, 2012

Mrs. Baker, Albert and Mac, You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Mr. Baker was always so kind and would help anyone in need. I will never forget seeing him all the time growing up on Hunting Ridge. Those are great memories that we can all cherish!

Woody McCain

March 22, 2012

Nancy and family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Jim and I came to SCORE at about the same time. His counseling skills were exceptional.
May you find peace during this difficult period and may you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of your beloved husband and father. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.