In Loving Memory

Richard Baker, Sr.

December 15, 1945 - May 4, 2021

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Richard Merrill Baker Sr. left this world for a better home on May 4, 2021. His giving heart and thoughtful nature left an indelible mark on this earth.  He left everything and everyone better than he found them. He had spent 75 years here as a beloved and devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He was born on December 15, 1945, in Columbus, MS, to Merrill and Helen (Stolzer) Baker. There he spent his childhood and teenage years graduating from S.D. Lee High School in 1964. He then attended MS State University majoring in forestry. He joined the United States Navy and served as a radarman on board the Guided Missile Cruiser, USS Columbus during the Vietnam War era. He married the love of his life, Elizabeth (Beth) Weeks, on December 21, 1967. After leaving the Navy, he moved to Quincy, FL, to work for St. Joe Paper Company. He moved back to MS, working for the Soil Conservation Service and then the Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, MS. There he volunteered multiple times to assist with recovery efforts following disasters from floods and hurricanes in North Dakota, North Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico. He also spent six months in Iraq during 2003-2004 helping the Corps establish bases for the U.S. military. He retired in 2005 and moved with Beth to Fairhope, AL, in 2009.

Richard was a lifelong and passionate fisherman and outdoorsman. He loved his family and his many friends. He had an extraordinary memory and shared many stories both humorous and serious. His smile and kindness will stay with us always. He touched so many people and will be missed immensely.

Richard was preceded in death by his father, Merrill, his mother, Helen, his brothers, Jim and Phil, his sister, Mary Helen, and his daughter, Gina.

He is survived by Beth, his wife of 53 years; his sons, Richard, Jr. (Amy), Cliff (Charanda), Josh and Andy; his sister, Julia Williams (Jim); his granddaughter, Brooke; grandsons, Richard, III, David, Easton, and (soon to arrive) Carter; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 370 S. Section Street in Fairhope, on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 11:00 am with visitation at 10:00 am.  The burial will be held at Natchez City Cemetery, Natchez, MS, on Monday, May 17 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sacred Heart Southern Missions, 6050 Hwy 161, Walls, MS 38686; St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, at or the charity of your choice.

Expressions of condolence may be offered at Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 26209 Pollard Rd. Daphne, AL  36526.


  1. Charlene Steed (Lawrence's Mom)

    My sincere and heartfelt condolences to all of you. I pray you will lean and depend on each other and the Lord to strengthen you. God bless.

  2. Kirk Ring

    I’m really sorry to hear about Mr. Baker passing away. He was always very kind to me and a man to be looked up to. My deepest sympathies go out to the entire Baker family.

  3. Marie and Louis Renaud

    Sending our deepest sympathy to you, Beth and your family. I know this is a great loss to all of you and want you to know we’re thinking of you.


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