Thomas Wilton Baker Sr., 85, died peacefully on Monday, March 14, 2016. Born July 13, 1930, he grew up on his family’s farm in Surry County, Va. He was the son of Charlie Wilton Baker and Mabury Gardner Baker.
Serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he was awarded the Bronze Star. Tom retired from DuPont after 33 years of service. He continued working during retirement in several business interests. He also traveled with the N.C. Baptist Association, participating in building churches and renovating homes in the United States and abroad. He worked with local missions to meet housing needs of people in the Wilmington community.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Gladys Savedge Baker. He is also survived by his children, Brenda Baker Paschal (Jeff), Wanda Baker Prevatte (Mike), Thomas W. Baker Jr. (Mali) and Pamela Baker Sammons (Todd); nine grandchildren; Amy Davis (Greyson), Julie Jones (Kevin), Meagan Lewis (Daniel), Scott Prevatte (Allison), Daniel Baker (Mikanna), Natalie Baker, Wesley Sammons, Jill Sammons and Bryan Sammons; great-grandchildren, Lana, Willow, and Skylar Prevatte, Charlotte and Henry Davis, Emma Lewis, David Jones and Collyn Baker; sisters, Cynthia McKettrick (Bill), Linda Baker and Carol Newcomb (James); and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Scotts Hill Baptist Church and the loving helpers who have ministered to Tom and Gladys in recent months: Jennie, Doris, Tammy, Deborah, Anne and nurse Cindy.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Andrews Mortuary, 1617 Market St., Wilmington. A funeral service will be conducted at 3 p. m. Thursday, March 17, at Scotts Hill Baptist Church, 185 Scotts Hill Loop Road, Wilmington. A celebration of life will follow at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, at Moore’s Swamp Baptist Church in Surry, Va.
Contributions in honor of Tom can be made to the American Heart Association, or to Scotts Hill Baptist Church, Mission Fund.
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