John Henry Baker III
1958 - 2020
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John Henry Baker, III
Savannah, GA
Johnny Baker, 62, passed away on October 12, 2020 of COVID-19. Johnny was born on May 16, 1958, in Savannah, GA, to Gladys McCain and John Henry Baker, Jr. Johnny's smile radiated upon so many people throughout his life in Savannah, New Orleans and the thousands of nautical miles he spent navigating his life's adventures.
He embarked on his culinary journey at a young age, helping his Grandmother, Daisy Baker, prepare treats for the family from her porch overlooking the Vernon River. He attended Christ School in Arden, NC where he worked in a kitchen that fed more than 100 people each meal. He later worked in a country club kitchen on New Orleans' famed River Road - the same road where ancient Creole cooks used black iron frying pans, stirred gumbo and roux, and perfected the art of marrying grits with evening dinners.
He returned to Savannah in 1985 and worked in the family's business, Warno-Cam Paint Company. He eventually launched his catering business that would expand and ultimately see him open Queeny's To Go Go, bar • food, coffee • deli and The Savannah Cheese Straw Company with his longtime business partner, Paula Letcher. Winning multiple People's Choice Awards at the Taste of Savannah, Johnny and his Low Country cuisine has been featured on TLC, The Discovery Channel, HGTV, Public Television and QVC.
He was a member of several organizations and clubs, including Rotary International, the Savannah Yacht Club, Cotillion Club and St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Isle of Hope.
An avid fundraiser for many charities, Johnny is remembered by many as having a "kind spirit, generous heart, and always a perfect portion of mischief that made him fun!" His passion for Savannah and the culinary arts was second only to his love of cruising the waterways and entertaining family and friends aboard his boat, "Happy Bottom", an ode to his late, darling mother Gladys, fondly known as "Happy".
Johnny always will be remembered by his countless friends all over the world and the compassion he always shared for anyone in need.
Johnny is survived by his sister, Amy Edwards Baker and her life partner Debbie Baldridge, his niece Daisy Eleanor Ashburn, former spouse and friend, Eleanor Foster and his beloved friend and business partner, Paula Letcher.
A celebration of life is planned for a time and place that will ensure everyone will be able to safely gather and share many fond, and we're sure, hilarious memories. In the meantime, remember Johnny, share your stories and laugh out loud. He would want that.
The family would like to thank the amazing and heroic team of doctors, nurses and caregivers at Candler Hospital, Savannah ICU. They fought so very hard for his recovery. They are a true dream team, who will forever be a part of our family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: "The Greatest Need - COVID-19 Support" at https://www.sjchs.org/foundations/thegreatestneed-covid19support or to: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Isle of Hope, 2 St. Thomas Avenue, Savannah, GA 31406.
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Published in Savannah Morning News from Oct. 12 to Oct. 18, 2020.
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October 22, 2020
I met Jonny Baker 20 years ago when I sold him the building that would become Queenie's to go go. Became friends from that day forward.
There is a big hole left in our community without him. Rest in Peace
Doug
Friend
October 20, 2020
to Amy,a wonderful friend from way back.I remember john as your little brother and wish I could have know him as the very fine man he is.I have been so grateful that fate has reacquainted us because i have thought of you these many years between and I'm so very sorry for you and your partner and families loss.I very much would like to see you and will.Blessings and prayers john and all who loved him.
Anne
Anne Norman
Friend
October 19, 2020
Johnny will be truly missed by so people. I'm not even sure he realized the world he created for himself gave many people a reprieve from their reality. God bless Bar Food family
Doy Carter
October 19, 2020
Our Deepest Condolences. Savannah lost a great guy. Rest In Peace Johnny
NLaws Foods
Friend
October 19, 2020
Our Deepest Condolences. Savannah lost a great guy. Rest In Peace Johnny
NLaws Foods
Friend
October 18, 2020
My deepest sympathy and prayers to Johnny's family and friends. My mom loved working with him at Warno -Cam, a great man.
Dell Smith
Friend
October 13, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. I didn’t get to know you very but what I did learn is how funny and cheerful and full of you had. Since I married Scanlon McCain I have learned a lot about your family and thought the world them. Your cookbook for a wedding gift was wonderful. May find peace and happiness in the arms of Christ our Savior. God be with you always.
Scanlon and Carolyn McCain
Family
October 13, 2020
Johnny Baker had a personality that was larger than life itself! He made everyone feel special and when he did things to help, he made it look so effortless because every good deed came directly from his heart! Savannah has lost a GIANT of a man and dear friend! RIP, you crazy man....we will love and miss you forever because you made our lives better for having known you. Our hearts are broken....
Carol Kibbey
Friend
October 13, 2020
The McIntosh's and the Bakers go way back. Isle of Hope. Sailing. Yacht Club. I knew Johnny from the time he was born. I hung out with his sister Amy for a spell and we took JB out with us from time to time. He always had a way with food. I’ve had one fried turkey at thanksgiving in my life and JB cooked it. JB was something special. Literally larger than life he exuded both southern wit and hospitable warmth at the same time. An honest-to-god Savannah original he will be missed and mourned by many. Godspeed JB; there’s a cocktail and a grill waiting on you man.
Neff McIntosh
Friend
October 13, 2020
Johnny, we grew up together and although we didn't see each other much in our adult lives, everytime we did, you made me feel like your best friend. You were always so nice and caring to my Mom. Thank you for the cookbook too! May your memory live on forever.
Jack
Friend
October 13, 2020
A dear friend and wonderful man ... I would like to thank all the nurses and staff at candler and particularly drs Ahmed,Lorenz and meglin who realized how special Johnny was and went beyond their usual excellent care to save him. I know that in the next world He is preparing a feast for you!
Dr John odom
Friend
October 13, 2020
We were stunned and saddened by the news of Johnny's passing. He was larger than life and a wonderful person. Rest in peace.
Anna-Fay & Andy Lohn
Friend
October 13, 2020
I knew Johnny for about twenty years, he was very kind and made me laugh. My thoughts go out his family, friends and c0-workers.
David DArcy
Friend
October 13, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Thomas Knight
Friend
October 12, 2020
Your smiling face will be missed. May your memory be eternal!
Friend
October 12, 2020
Thank you Johnny for sharing your cooking talent and cheerful spirit. We enjoyed your eventfilled journey in life. We will miss you greatly, but the world is better for having you! Heaven is often referred as the banquet feast, so you will still have a job!!!!
Michael and Sandy
Friend
October 12, 2020
Johnny, you have lit up my life so many times in the 45 years we have been friends! All my memories are so happy bringing such joy and filling my soul with one laugh after another. I will miss you forever, but my reflections of you will always keep you alive in my heart.
Skip Young
Friend
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