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Samuel (Sam) Richard Baker, Jr. was born March 7, 1947 in Edgewood, Texas to Richard & Minnie Baker. He peacefully went to be with his Lord on February 16, 2019. Samuel is preceded in death by father, Samuel Richard Baker, Sr.; mother, Minnie Ella Smith Yoes Baker; granddaughter, Sierra Dannielle Baker; brothers, Leon Yoes, and Ernest Yoes.
He is survived by his spouse, Linda Earlene Cantrell Baker of 49 years; son, Richard Baker (Laura Baker) of Humble, TX; daughter, Shaonda Gathright (Raymond Gathright) of Greenville, TX, Tammy Wolford Vestal (Bennie Vestal) of Allen, TX; grandchildren, Jeremy Gathright (Ashley Gathright) of Campbell, TX, Mitchell Baker of Reyburg, ID, Casey Knighton of Allen, TX, Charity Starks (Daniel Starks) of Commerce, TX, and Kjirsten Ahrens (Kirk Ahrens) of Rexburg, ID; brother, Dennis Baker of Mexia, TX; sister, Leta Barnes (Walter Barnes) of Grand Saline, TX; 14 nieces; 13 nephews; Aunt Bea Turner (Jim Turner) of Wills Point, TX; Uncle Derrell Baker of Wills Point, TX; Aunt Selma Rose Baker of Wills Point, TX; and many cousins.
Samuel is remembered as a loving husband, wonderful father, and terrific poppie who enjoyed gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. He was active in his church- Friendship Baptist Church.
A viewing will take place Tuesday evening, February 19, 2019 from 6 to 8 PM at Laurel Oaks Funeral Home, and a funeral service will be help Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 2 PM at Laurel Oaks Funeral Home.