COLBERT - Marvin Edwin Baker, 97, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at his residence.
A native of Danielsville, he was the son of the late George and Susie Eberhart Baker. He was preceded in death by a sister, Myrtie Whitehead Baker; and brothers, Clarence D. and Thomas J. Baker. Mr. Baker was a member of Moon's Grove Baptist Church for many years.
He was able to share many stories of his life all the way up to the day preceding his death. Born in and living in Madison County, he had worked hard all of his life to support his family beginning at age 12 up until around the age of 92 when he had to slow down because of age. He worked in local mills and farmed up until being drafted into the Army Air Corp. Mr. Baker served our great country in the South Pacific during World War II as Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. He was proud to be a true patriotic American.
While full-time farming, he worked at Athens Poultry Plant, Angus Manufacturing Plant, and Westinghouse, Inc. in Athens. He proudly earned his GED while working at Westinghouse when he was 57 years of age and was promoted to foreman of the Coil Winding Section. After retiring from Westinghouse, he continued to farm while having the opportunity to travel through all 48 contiguous states. Mr. Baker also had the opportunity to tour Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy while visiting daughter and son-in-law who were stationed in Germany. He also enjoyed camping, boating, hunting, and fishing with his family.
With his good sense of humor, he entertained his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with stories of reminiscing his years as a youngster in school, his experiences growing up, and adventures attending Saturday night dances with friends. He played the guitar, mandolin, and fiddle at the dances. He later enjoyed singing at various gospel singing conventions in Madison County and surrounding communities. Several local historians visited Mr. Baker during the last few years of his life for interviews about local historical sites and about the Eberhart family history of Colbert.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Mildred B. Baker; daughter, Marie (Robert) Fields; son, Marion (Karen) Baker; grandchildren, Sonia (Mike) Coile, Tasha (Michael) Young, Mark (Missy) Baker, and Katelyn Baker; and great-grandchildren, McKenna Coile, Hayden Coile, and Harlee Baker.
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 21, at the Lord & Stephens Danielsville Chapel, with the Rev. Dan Fuller, Mr. Coleman Whitehead, and Mr. Gene Sapp officiating. Interment was in the Colbert Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael Young, Mike Coile, J.R. Cothran, Ricky Cothran, Arnal Strickland, and Mike Hardy.
Memorial donations may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice or the American Cancer Society 's Madison County Chapter.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of the arrangements.www.lordandstephens.com