Thomas E. Baker

Louisville KY. – The Rev. Thomas E. Baker, 88, of Louisville, passed away Nov. 18, 2012, after a short illness. He was born Nov. 30, 1923, in Hazard, the son of Guy Baker and Emily Anne Thomas. The Rev. Baker served as a coxswain/electrician in the US Navy during World War II. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Georgetown College. Later he obtained his theology degree at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. The Rev. Baker served as a bi-vocational pastor to the Mussel Shoals Baptist Church in Owenton from 1968 to 1989. The Rev. and Mrs. Baker were also members of the Ninth-and-O Baptist Church. Tom's interest in engineering led him to a technical position with the United States Army Corps of Engineers based in Louisville. The Rev. Baker was an avid reader and prepared weekly sermons and Bible school lessons for his congregation and taught Sunday school classes until his passing. He also enjoyed Louisville Cardinals football, basketball and Major League Baseball. Survivors include his wife, Orilla; a daughter, Susan Walker (Paul Rom); a grandson, Nathaniel Thomas Walker; a sister, Esther May Michael of Pittsburgh, Penn.; and two brothers, Guy Wendell Baker of Mount Vernon, Ill, and Cecil Ray Baker of Lexington. Mr. Baker was preceded in death by his son, Guy Earl Baker; his twin sister, Mary Catherine Horner; and his parents. The funeral arrangements were handled by Ratterman Funeral Home in Louisville, where visitation and services were held Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, from 10 a.m.-noon. Interment was in the Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Thomas Baker's name to the Ninth-and-O Baptist Church Building Fund, Louisville.
Published in The Owenton News-Herald from Nov. 28 to Dec. 5, 2012