02/07/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Joe Baker

Joe Osborne Baker
(19 July 1930 - 04 Feb 2010)

Newport News High School Class of  February 1948

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.     Joe Baker, Class of February 1948, passed away in Newport News on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at the age of 79. 

From the Daily Press - 02/07/10:



Joe Osborne Baker

  NEWPORT NEWS - Joe Osborne Baker, 79, left to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, at Mary Immaculate Hospital.

Born July 19, 1930, in Waynesboro, Va., Joe moved to Newport News at an early age and remained a resident for the rest of his life. He was a graduate of N.N. High School and the Apprentice Engineering Drawing School at Newport News Shipbuilding. He was a WWII army occupation forces veteran.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Wyatt Baker; his mother, Bruce Eleanor Baker; and his father, Herschel Osborne Baker.
Joe Baker

Survivors Include his four sons, William Toler and wife, Sandra, Robert Baker, David Baker and wife, Tamara, Matt Baker and wife, Sherry; his brother, Donnie Baker; sisters, Etta Baker and Irving Althaus, Anne Johnston and husband, Lowell, Jeanne Themides and husband, George, and Thelma Baker; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his closest friend, Julio Lugo, and his faithful companion, Mojo, who were both very dear to his heart. He was a friend of Bill W., and loved that fellowship that he devoted the last 21 years of his life to serving.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb 7, at Weymouth Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date at Peninsula Memorial Park. Donations can be made to a charity of your choice in his honor. 
View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press from February 6 to February 8, 2010.

A Graveside Service will be conducted at noon on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at Peninsula Memorial Park officiated by Joe Walker.

Published in the Daily Press from February 18 to February 19, 2010.

February 06, 2010 
I have fond memories of Uncle Joe, he will be missed. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
~ Maria Themides French
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February 06, 2010  

We take comfort in knowing that the group has a special guardian angel to watch over us.
~ Bob K, SUFFOLK, Virginia

February 06, 2010

Donnie and Family,

So sorry to hear of Joe's loss. What a great man who never knew a stranger and was always willing to help and give.

You guys are all in my thoughts and prayers during this time and always.

~ Cindy Curfman-Robinson, Newport News, Virginia

February 06, 2010

The Hines family is so saddened to hear of Joe Baker's passing. Kevin will forever remember the good times with Matt and his talks with Mr. Baker.

~ Kevin Hines, Newport News, Virginia

February 07, 2010

Joe Baker helped save my life and I will always be indebted to him. What a great friend of Bill W. Bet he's at a meeting in Heaven right now! Please accept my condolences.

~ Mark A, Greenville, NC

February 07, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

~ Bill A., Newport News, Virginia

February 07, 2010

Bill, Joey, David, Matt, Etta and family -- All our love is with you as you face the difficult days ahead. We pray for you all and ask God to hold you in His conforting arms. Joe is no longer in pain, and he is with Joyce and Daddy (C.L.) and all those who have gone on before him. There's one powerful meeting in Heaven! And Joe's the chair. God Bless you all.
Love - Lisa, Thom, Erin & Phoebe Shaw

~ Lisa (Luther) Shaw, Ashburn, Virginia
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February 07, 2010

Bless you my friend and watch over your family. My heart is with the family through prayer. The scrabble game between you and Joyce may now begin!!

~ Linda Tafazoli, Poquoson, Virginia

February 08, 2010

What an awesome example of how a man should be! I have been blessed with the best Dad a son could ever hope for. His shoe size may be much smaller than mine, but I'll never be able to fill his shoes. Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers during this trying time. He is resting peacefully now and eternally with God, Mom, and all who have gone before him.
~ David Baker, Linden, North Carolina
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February 08, 2010

To William Toler and family.
You have our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your father. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Your family at Local 540
~ Local 540, Newport News, Virginia

February 08, 2010

Dear Family,
I knew Joe in the 60's and have thru the years thought of him. I worked with him when the shipyard had an office in Arlington - 1965, I think it was.

Please accept my condolences as I know that Joe's passing is a deep loss.

~ Bob Adams, Greenville, South Carolina

February 08, 2010

In My Pocket

I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.

My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

But of all the treasures I have, its the memories of you that are the most precious.

Joe, the memories of you will always be with me. You will be dearly missed by many.

~ Thelma, El Centro, California

February 08, 2010

It was with a great sense of loss when I heard of Joe's death.

I wanted to let you know that you have my greatest sympathy, and my heart is truly saddened. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you.

~ Mike Ober, Newport News, Virginia

February 09, 2010

Billy Toler and Family - my Condolences to you and your family. May your dad RIP.

~ Barbara Whitt, Newport News, Virginia

February 18, 2010

My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
~ Bob K., Suffolk, Virginia

February 18, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
~ Tammy Atkins, Yorktown, Virginia

February 18, 2010

It is no wonder Joe was loved dearly by so many. He humbly carried a message of hope to hundreds of suffering souls behind bars and in hospital beds. He will be severely missed and lovingly remembered.
~ Joe Walker, Newport News, Virginia




   Our deepest condolences are extended to Mr. Baker's entire family and their friends.

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 02/09/10, 11:08 AM - "    Joe Baker's Class":

Hello Carol,        Tue. Feb. 9, 2010

I found Joe Baker in the 1948 Anchor.  This was the first Anchor to include both February and June graduates.  Joe appears with the February graduates on page 94.

Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

   Thank you so very much, Fred.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol


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