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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

James D. "Don" Baker

Thursday, June 3, 2004

Born 1-2-1917 -- Died 5-23-2004

James D. "Don" Baker, 87, son of the late Luther Baker and Alma Criglar Baker was born on Jan. 2, 1917, at the foot of Honeysuckle Hill near Charlotte, Ark. He died May 23, 2004, in Newark, Ark.

James married Requa Morgan April 22, 1944, in Wideman, Ark., and to this union a child was born.

During his working years he worked as a welder and blacksmith. In 1938, James founded the Baker's Welding Service. He built ferry boats and private barges and also specialized in farm and industrial equipment. He was of the Church of Christ faith.

Survivors include a son, Larry M. Baker of Newark, Ark.; and a sister, Martha Magness of Batesville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, and a sister, Fanny Ray Baker.

A graveside service and burial was May 26 at Wideman Cemetery with Bill Goodwin officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Eddie's Famil Funeral Home in Melbourne, Ark.

Pallbearers were Adam Fudge, Tommy Gipson, Robert Griffin, Ricky Estes, Craig Estes, and Gary McClellan.