LOUISVILLE, KY-Rev. William Robert Baker, age 86, from Louisville, KY, formerly of Childersburg, AL went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Baptist East Hospital in Louisville, KY. He was born June 4, 1926 in Alexander. AL and was the son of the late Robert Lee Baker, Father and Mary Estelle Milam Baker Tyler, Mother. Also, preceding him in death was his brother, Lewis Baker of Chicago, Ill., and half-brothers, Buddy Tyler and Bill Tyler and half-sisters, Betty Matson, Nellie Faye Looney and Shirley Tyler all of Childersburg, AL. He was a retired Church of God minister, having entered the ministry at the age of 22. He attended Lee College (University) in 1949-1950. He served as pastor of 13 churches in the states of Alabama, Kansas, Virginia, Illinois and West Virginia and also served as pastor of 2 mission churches. He served 44 years in full-time ministry; 37 years as a Church of God District Overseer; 4 years on Alabama State Youth Board; 12 years on various State Councils; 6 years as chairman of State Ministerial Examining Board. Also, served on several appointed Boards and committees in different states. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Beulah (Bea) Melinda Johnson Baker; one son, Rev. William Robert Baker, Jr. and his wife Donna; daughter, Janice E. Hagee and son-in-law, David Hagee of Roanoke, VA; daughter, Deborah J. Denton of Nashville, TN; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren. He is also survived by half-sisters, Evie Bailey and Sandra Mask of Childersburg, AL. The family wishes to thank the Doctors and nurses of Baptist East Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky for their care and kindness shown to our Dad. A celebration of his life will be held at Childersburg Church of God on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor W. Robert Baker and the Rev. David E. Hagee officiating. Burial will be following the funeral ceremony at Green Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday from 4 until 8 p.m. One of his favorite songs was "Stepping On the Clouds." He has stepped on the clouds to meet his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!! Online condolences may be offered at www.curtisandsonfunerals.com Curtis and Son Childersburg chapel will direct the service.
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Published in The Daily Home on Oct. 9, 2012