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James Randal Baker

May 28, 1922 January 20, 2019
James  Randal  Baker
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Obituary for James Randal Baker

Rev. James Randal Baker, 96, went to be with his Lord and Saviour on January 20, 2019. .

Randal was born in Rock Hill, SC to the late Thomas Fredrick and Henrietta Nettles Baker. Randal served his Lord faithfully for over 60 years as an ordained minister. He pastored St, Matthews Baptist Church, Grover, SC, Parisview Baptist Church, Greenville, SC, Friendship Baptist Church, North Charleston, SC, Steedman Baptist Church, Leesville, SC and Ward Baptist Church, Ward, SC. He served as interim pastor at several churches in the Batesburg-Leesville area.

He was predeceased by his “Miss America” and loving wife Betty King Baker of 60 plus years. And his two brothers, Jack and Thomas Baker.

He was a World War II Veteran and served his country in the US Navy attached to the Marine Corp as a combat medic.

He graduated from North Greenville Junior College and Furman University with honors.
He is survived by a daughter Linda Wasine Baker Gilmore and husband David, North Augusta, SC; son Joel M. Baker Lt. Col. USAF (Retired) and wife Patricia, Fayetteville, NC; Three grandchildren: Elizabeth (Beth) Fisk Rabb and husband Stuart, Evans, GA; Ryan Baker and wife Jennifer, Knoxville, TN.; Dr. Jennifer Baker-Burroughs and husband Ryan, Lebanon, PA.; Six great-grandchildren: Andrew, Grayson and Avery Rabb, Noah and Delaney Baker and Ben Coulter. His sister, Audrey Baker Atkins, Rock Hill, SC and brother-in-law Rev. Clyde Wright, Greenville, SC.

Family will receive friends, Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 5-7 pm at Milton Shealy Funeral Home, Batesburg-Leesville, SC

Celebration of his life will be Friday, January 25, 2019 at 2:00 pm at St. Matthews Baptist Church, St. George, SC. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial in Rock Hill, SC Saturday January 26, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. Friends may call on the family at 1107 Lake Greenwood Dr., North Augusta, SC.

The family would like to give a special thank you to VA Home Health Care and Homestead Hospice. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Gideons International or Homestead Hospice.

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5:00 PM 1/24/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1/24/2019 7:00:00 PM
Milton Shealy Funeral Home

115 North Pine Street
Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29006

Milton Shealy Funeral Home
115 North Pine Street Batesburg-Leesville 29006 SC
United States





2:00 PM 1/25/2019 2:00:00 PM
St. Matthews Baptist Church

2593 Wire Road
St. George, SC 29477

Rev. Jessie Powers officiating

St. Matthews Baptist Church
2593 Wire Road St. George 29477 SC
United States





11:00 AM 1/26/2019 11:00:00 AM
Grandview Memorial Park

620 South Cherry Road
Rock Hill , SC 29732

Grandview Memorial Park
620 South Cherry Road Rock Hill 29732 SC
United States

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Grandview Memorial Park Final Resting Place

620 South Cherry Road
Rock Hill , SC 29732

620 South Cherry Road Rock Hill 29732 SC
United States

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