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Charles Ray Baker, 77
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Mr. Charles Ray Baker, 77, passed from this life to be with his loving wife of 53 years, Claudine.

A Spencer resident, he was born Dec. 28, 1940 in Warren County to A.P. Baker and Amanda Hillis Baker, who preceded him in death. He worked for Oster Corporation for 37 years and enjoyed working for Van Buren County in its solid waste department during his retirement years. He was a member of Spencer First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon since 1969. Charles Ray touched so many lives in a positive way. From his days as Spencer City Mayor to the many, many years of coaching little ones with the youth association and coaching our adult guys in softball to being a strong member of First Baptist Church.

Along with his mother and father he was preceded in death by wife Claudine Hayes Baker.

He is survived by his daughter Penny Baker of Spencer, grandchildren Haley (Drew) Townsend of Fortson, Ga., Caleb Campbell of Youngstown, Ohio and Drew Campbell of Spencer, great-grandchildren Hayes, Hallie Kate and Deacon Townsend of Fortson, Ga.; brother Bobby Baker of Pikeville, a large extended family and a host of friends.

Funeral service was Thursday, Feb. 8, at Layne Funeral Home chapel in Spencer with burial at Spencer Town Cemetery. Bro. Nathan Haynes and Bro. Tracy Curtis officiated with remarks by Caleb Campbell. The Van Buren County High School Class of 1958 was asked to serve as honorary pall bearers. Online condolences may be made at

Layne Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Spencer was in charge of arrangements.