AUGUSTA, Ga. - World War II U.S. Navy Veteran William "Oscar" Baker, Sr., 89, returned to his heavenly home on February 14, 2015, after a valiant battle with a long illness. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace. Oscar was the son of the late William McCoy and Annie Mae Baker. He was born in Thomaston, GA but moved to Augusta shortly thereafter, where he was a lifelong resident. Oscar was a retired Captain on the Augusta Fire Department. He was on the Augusta City Council for 14 years, and was a bailiff in the Richmond County court system for over 30 years. He retired as Chief Bailiff of State Court, in 1997. Besides supporting his community, he had a passion for fishing and his church family. Oscar is survived by his wife, Inez; his daughters, Levaughn Johnson of Evans, Maxine (Tracy) Grimes of Milton, FL, Joyce (Harold) Ford of Irmo, SC, and Debbie (Gene) Brown of North Augusta; his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his son, Billy, his parents, and three brothers and three sisters. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6:00 - 8:00, at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, on Columbia Rd. Viewing also at The Sanctuary of Augusta from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Funeral service will be Tuesday, February 17, at 1:00 p.m. at The Sanctuary of Augusta, 4584 Cox Rd., Evans, GA, with the Reverend Bryan Cockrell officiating. Following the service, interment will be at Westover Memorial Park. Special thanks to Dr. Jianhua Cheng of the Augusta Uptown VA for the care he gave our dad over the last 15 years. Also, thanks to the Veterans Administration, Pruitt Health Skilled Nursing Center in North Augusta, and Hospice staff for their excellent care.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Feb. 16, 2015