Maxwelton-Lewis “Buddy” Baker, 71, after a long battle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma, died Monday, Apr. 25, 2022 at his home with his family by his side.
Born on Jan. 8, 1951, at his family home in Maxwelton, to the late Clyde and Mary Baker, Buddy was married to his wife of 51 years, Angela “Dawn” Baker.
Buddy was a 1968 graduate of Frankford High School where he was class president. He was a 31-year employee of Appalachian Tire Products and worked at S.J. Neathawk’s Lumbar Company. Although Buddy was a jack of all trades and had a gift of gab, his favorite past time was dedicating his time as umpire for the local girls’ softball teams. If you didn’t know him from work or softball, you were sure to have seen him in all the local summer parades driving his John Deere tractor pulling his “Ole Baker Rake.”
Besides his wife Dawn, Buddy is survived by his three children, Melanie (Kevin) Polca of Martinsburg, WV, Marsha (Brian) Sheppard of Maxwelton, and Chris (Christy) Baker of Logan; grandchildren, Allexa Branham, Delanie Polca, Cortland, Carli, Jayna and Janson Sheppard, Dakota, Jaden and Kiersten Baker, Roy Brooks, and Corie Carpenter; great-grandchildren, Landon, Bristol, Arrietty and Allan; brothers, Robert “Bob” Baker of Ronceverte, and Rodger Baker of Maxwelton; and sister, Judy Daulton of Dayton, OH.
Buddy was a faithful member of Clifton Presbyterian Church in Maxwelton where he dedicated any free time to helping with church maintenance. During Buddy’s three-year battle with cancer, he kept a journal. In this, he often thanked God, his family and his friends for believing in him and being by his side during his ups and downs during his fight.
The family would also like to thank Kanawha Hospice Care of Lewisburg for his care and comfort during end of life.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Apr. 29, at the Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, followed by a service at 7 p.m. Private burial at the Family Farm will be later.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kanawha Hospice Care Lewisburg, 1265 Maplewood Avenue, Lewisburg WV 24901.
Online guestbook may be signed at www.morganfh.net