Brown-Wynne Funeral Home & Crematory

300 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC


Benjamin Whiteley Baker , Sr.

December 14, 1941January 11, 2020

Benjamin Whiteley Baker, Sr. passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at The Oaks at Mayview in Raleigh. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julian Tucker Baker and Nancy Fish Baker and his brother, Julian Tucker Baker, Jr.

Ben, a Raleigh native, was born at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC on December 14, 1941. He attended Episcopal High School and graduated from Broughton High School in 1960. Ben attended UNC Chapel Hill where he was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity. Just prior to graduating, he moved to Burlington, NC to join his family’s business, Virginia Mills. While in Burlington, he completed his BA from Elon College. He also served in the North Carolina Army National Guard.

Ben attended Christ Church in Raleigh. He was a past member of the Carolina Country Club and the Terpsichorean Club. He was also a member of the Sphinx Club, Saint Christopher’s Club, North Carolina Museum of History Associates and the Ole Raleigh Boys.

Ben had many hobbies and interests. He invested in several local businesses. He was also an avid and skilled sailor who was known to navigate the waters from New England to the Caribbean on his boat Tipsy. He loved Atlantic Beach and being out on the water there with his friends and family.

Ben lived a contented life. He was always willing to help those in need – a trait shared by his late brother Julian and his sister Nancy. He was a kind, caring, generous man who had a remarkable ability to make strong and lasting friendships later in life. He hunted as a young boy with his father and reconnected with hunting later as an adult. He enjoyed his many hunting excursions around the state and country with dear friends.

Ben is survived by his son, Benjamin Whiteley Baker, Jr.; his grandchildren, Ashby Tucker Baker, Benjamin Whiteley Baker III and Lily MacRae Baker; his sister, Nancy Gray Baker; his longtime companion Edwina Hardy Shaw and her children Hal V. Worth IV (Lee) and Kelly Worth Mitchell (Mike).

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 120 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. A reception will follow the service at the church. Burial will be private at Oakwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Delta Waterfowl Foundation, or Wake County Ducks Unlimited, or the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne, Saint Mary's St., Raleigh.


  • Delta Waterfowl Foundation
  • North Carolina Ducks Unlimited



  • Funeral Service followed by a reception at the Church Tuesday, January 21, 2020


  • Private Burial


Benjamin Whiteley Baker , Sr.

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Louise and Jay Dankberg

January 18, 2020

Our Aruba friend Ben was a gentleman and a gentle man. He will be missed be all of us and hope that fond memories will help ease your pain. Sincere condolences to the family and to Ben's long-term partner Edwina.

Sam Currin

January 16, 2020

Ben has been a wonderful next-door neighbor for years. Margaret and I will miss him deeply. Our condolences to his family.

Kathleen Bland

January 14, 2020

My husband and I met Ben about 20 years ago. We didn’t ever hear an unkind word leave his mouth. He loved his family and was truly dedicated to them. We will miss him dearly! Rest In Peace, our friend.

neal hunt

January 13, 2020

Ben was my oldest and best friend for about 70 years. He was a wonderful person and I will miss him a lot.

Neal Hunt

Ashby Baker

January 11, 2020

Ben Baker (my grandad) was the best and most generous, thoughtful grandfather anybody could ask for, and was a great influence on my childhood. I loved sharing many memories with him, like bingo night at the coral bay club, Christmas Eve dinners at his house, and just hanging out with him almost everyday. He was a kind, and loving grandfather who cared deeply for his family, and for that I am grateful