Dr. James E. Baker

WILLIAMSBURG - Dr. James E. Baker was born on August 12, 1921, in West Point, Mississippi. He was the seventh of eight children born to the late Susie and Walter Baker. When he was six months old, he developed double pneumonia and his parents were told that he would likely die. His grandmother, however, said she would take him to her physician -"Dr. Jesus", and keep him until he got well. He recovered and remained with her for the next 20 years. His family eventually moved to Chicago and then to New York City, where he graduated from Dewitt High School and began attending classes at City College. But the armed forces interrupted his studies, when he volunteered to serve with the United States. Army. After proudly serving his country, he was discharged in April of 1946, and he returned to school, earning his B.S. in 1948. In June of 1952, he received his Medical Degree from Meharry Medical College, in Nashville, Tennessee. After an internship at Harlem Hospital and a three-year residency in Psychiatry, at the Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, Kansas, he was employed for the next thirty-four years by the Veterans Administration in various locations. He rose within the ranks to positions that included Chief of Staff and Director at two different hospitals before retiring in 1985, as a Board Certified Psychiatrist. He then moved with his wife Pauline to Williamsburg, where he served as the Medical Director of Eastern State Hospital for six years; retiring for the second and last time in 1992. Dr. Baker was baptized on May 13, 1933, in his hometown of West Point. He was ordained as a Deacon in New York City at Abyssinia Baptist Church and has since served as a Deacon in several churches, including First Baptist Church of Williamsburg. After the death of his wife, he joined in Holy Matrimony with Edna Adkins McNeir Baker. He had five daughters from his first marriage and Edna has a son by her previous marriage. The Bakers have nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Active in his community, Dr. Baker has received numerous awards. He was a lifetime Member of the NAACP, and a member of many boards and organizations. He also was the author of his personal memoirs and he would always say, "that he had been blessed by God, through the peaks and valleys of his life". Dr. Baker left with his family and friends a legacy of love and wisdom. He leave to cherish he blessed memories, his wife, Edna Baker; his six children; his nine grandchildren; his four great-grandchildren and a host of other loving relatives and many caring friends. A funeral service, celebrating the life he lived, will be held 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2014, in First Baptist Church, 727 Scotland Street, with the Rev. Dr. Reginald F. Davis officiating. Family and friends will assemble at the church by 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. Dr. Baker may be viewed and the family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday (tonight), in First. Baptist Church. Interment will be on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., in Pleasant Valley Memorial Park, Annandale, Virginia. Anyone wishing to follow the procession, please assemble at the funeral home by 9:30 a.m. on Friday. Professional service entrusted to the staff of Whiting's Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, 757-229-3011. whitingsfuneralhome.com

Funeral Home

Whiting's Funeral Home - Williamsburg
7005 Pocahontas Trail P.O. Box HB Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 229-3011

Published in Daily Press on June 25, 2014