James W. Baker, son of the late Foster Fred Baker and Myrtice Whitehead Baker, was born on January 24, 1935, in Barrow County.
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James grew up in Athens, graduated from Athens High School, and also took professional courses of training at Athens Technical College and the University of Georgia in later years. In 1954, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served his country faithfully until his honorable discharge, in 1956, at the rank of Corporal.
On April 30, 1960, James was united in marriage to the love of his life, Linda Walker, at Mars Hill Baptist Church, in Watkinsville. They shared over 52 years of marriage together, and were blessed with three children.
James was a hardworking man and took great pride in taking care of his family. He worked for Eli Witt for a time, before beginning employment with a wire and cable company in Watkinsville, where he spent the next 36 years.
In his spare time, James enjoyed hunting, fishing, and all kinds of sports. He liked to read, listen to music, and travel. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family, attending the activities of his children and grandchildren and taking road trips with Linda.
James passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, in the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., having attained the age of 78 years and 19 days.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Linda Baker; children, James Mitchell (Alex) Baker, Jenanne (Gary) White, and Amy (William) Justice; grandchildren, Morgan and Walker White, Dylan Baker, Tasha Bryant, and Kelsey, Alyssa, and Gracie Justice; sister, Ruby Cartee; sister and brother-in-law, Vicenta and Rony Theroux; cousin, Glenda Eades; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his sisters, Johnnie Shedd and Doris Martin, and granddaughter, Tiffany Justice.
The family held a private celebration of life service on February 16, 2013, in Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., with U.S. Army Chaplain Jim McNeely officiating.
Arrangements were under the direction of Memorial Chapels & Crematory, of Waynesville/St. Robert, Mo.
Online condolences can be given at www.memorialchapelsandcrematory.com.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Feb. 26, 2013