Baker, Ralph Durwood Ralph Durwood Baker went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, July 16, 2008, at the age of 63. He was born February 3, 1945, and was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Marjorie Baker. Ralph graduated from Highland Park High School in 1963. He graduated from SMU in 1967 with a degree in Business where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega. After attending SMU Law School for a year, he gave in to his love of entertainment and entered the world of fashion modeling with Kim Dawson. He was known as the Sanger Harris Man and was a disc jockey for KLIF. He went to New York to model for Wilhelmina Modeling Agency for six years and then on to California where he worked for eight years. Ralph was a producer, industrial film star, performer, auctioneer, consummate master of ceremonies, Bible teacher, and counselor to many friends. In 1992, Ralph came back to Dallas to pursue his career, but also to connect with the love of his life, Elizabeth McCord, whom he watched grow up at First Baptist Dallas. He had loved her since she was fifteen years old, but did not have the opportunity to marry her until July 8, 1995. Ralph was the Penguin and the Joker in the Batman show at Six Flags. He was the host of the Home Life Show, the anchorman for KTEN News, and his voice was known throughout Dallas as the traffic man for KRLD. He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth, his adoring daughter, Bailey Margaret, 12 years of age, his wife's three children, whom he loved as his own, Chase Paschal and wife Leigh Ann, Cash Paschal, Parris Lovvorn and husband Ben. He was blessed to have grandchildren and is survived by Blake, Tristan, and Julie Ann Paschal. Ralph is also survived by his sisters and their husbands, Carole and Doug Adkins of Dallas and Barbara and Tip Harris of Nacogdoches. In addition to his immediate family, many extended family and friends will miss this marvelous man after God's own heart. Services will be held on Monday, July 21, at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, at 2:00 p.m. A visitation will be held on Sunday, July 20, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Restland Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bailey Baker Education Fund in care of Mark Lovvorn at Providence Bank of Texas, PO Box 94003, Southlake, Texas 76092; or to the Media Ministry at First Baptist Church Dallas. Restland 972-238-7111 restlandfuneralhome.com
Published in Dallas Morning News from Jul. 19 to Jul. 21, 2008.