James Ray Baker
December 29, 1943 – June 15, 2018
James Ray Baker, 74, of Tyler, Texas passed peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of Friday, June 15, 2018.
A private family graveside service will be held on Sunday, June 17, 2018. Arrangements are under the direction of Tyler Memorial Funeral Home in Tyler, Texas.
James was born on December 29, 1943 to the late John K. and Alma Baker in Vernon, Texas. James is a member of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler where he served faithfully to greet those at the door coming in for church services. He loved his Sunday School class and those he built friendships with during his time there. James volunteered for Meals on Wheels weekly to deliver meals to those in need. He enjoyed serving others and visiting with many regular and new faces each week. James was an Electrician for Vesuvius for 23 years and retired in 2008. James was a strong man loved by many and brought so much joy to others throughout his journey. He was married to his wife Michelle for 54 years. A great and faithful example of love and commitment. He will be missed by us all.
Along with his parents, James was preceded in death by his five brothers, T.L. Baker, George Baker, Kenneth Baker, Melvin Baker, and Gary Don Baker.
His is survived by his wife, Michelle Marie Baker; Daughter, Christine Harper and son-in-law Mel Harper, Sons; James Heath Baker and daughter in-law Toni Snead Baker, Stephen Baker and Matthew Baker. Sisters; Peggy Gillespie, June Rich, Dorothy Hall, Judy Stidam, Linda Wright and Jewel Smith. Brother; Danny Baker, Two Grandchildren, Brandon Baker and Kayla Hill. Nephews; Cary Upton and Barry Upton along with other many nieces and nephews.
- Visitation Saturday, June 16, 2018
James Ray Baker
July 10, 2018
Having known James was truly a blessing to my life. I knew him as a strong, fair, loving man and it was truly my honor to have known him. Blessings to all he has left behind.
"Words can't wipe away your tears, Hugs won't ease your pain, But hold on to your memories of James forever they'll remain..."
June 16, 2018
My Uncle James is an awesome person. I've known him for almost 71 years. When I would go and visit my Aunt Peggy in Tyler he always came by on Friday mornings to have coffee with her. Last month when I went to Tyler I got to see him and visit with him. Back in day we kind of ran around together with a crowd of friends. Uncle James I remember the time time we all went to Rock Crossing and you guys all jumped off the spillway? I do and I will never forget all the great times we had as friends and family. I love you so much.
June 16, 2018
I only met and knew Uncle James since I was 27 after an extensive search for my biological father’s T.L. Baker family.
Uncle James was one of the first to greet me and made me feel welcome in the family. He always sought me out at family gatherings and we shared our thoughts and prayers.
REST IN PEACE UNCLE JAMES YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.