BAKER, Bennie W. 83, went home to be with his Lord & Savior on March 12, 2013. He pastored several Southern Baptist churches in the central Florida area. He was also a faithful servant of several ministries including Chaplain of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office & the Bethany Baptist Church Food Pantry. These ministries served as pathways for him to witness to others & share the good news of Jesus to everyone he came in contact with. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty Baker; children, Becky Mullis (Terry) of Lakeland, Krista Beauchamp (Johnnie) of Plant City, and Larry Baker (Shannon) of Lakeland; sister, Anna Crenshaw of Wildwood, and Lottie Connell of Jacksonville; 7 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces & nephews. The family will receive friends Friday, March 15th, 6-8 pm at Bethany Baptist Church, 3409 Cork Road, Plant City, where a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 16th, 10 am. Interment to follow at Memorial Park, Plant City. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the following: The Gideons International, Plant City Camp, P.O. BOX 1469, Plant City, FL 33564 and/or the International Mission Board, P.O. BOX 6767, Richmond, VA 23230. Expressions of condolence at: www.hopewellfuneral.com.
Hopewell Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens - Plant City
6005 CR 39 South Plant City, FL 33567
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Mar. 14, 2013