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James Edward Baker, 86
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James Edward Baker, 86, a McMinnville resident and Van Buren County native, was born Nov. 15, 1933 and passed away March 25 at the VA Medical Center in Nashville following a brief illness.

He was a longtime employee of Rockford Textile Mill, a veteran with the U.S. Army, and the son of the late J.D. and Emma Lou Mills Baker. He was also preceded in death by infant son, Michael Edward Baker, brothers Charles and Ben Baker and brother-in-law Ansel Simmons.

Mr. Baker was married March 11, 1953 to Shirley Marie Potter Baker, who survives. He is also survived by daughters Marilyn Bain and Glenda (Randy) Rice, both of McMinnville, grandchildren Michael Medley, Dusty (Chelsey) Rice, and Jamie (Craig) Jaco, all of McMinnville, great-grandchildren Lexi and Gage Medley, Livia and Wyatt Jaco, and River Rice, all of McMinnville, sisters Betty Simmons, Jennie Sue (J.D.) Simmons, and Geneva Ann (Earl Gene) Yates, all of Spencer, sisters-in-law Pearline Baker of McMinnville and Charlotte Baker of Pikeville. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Mr. Baker was a devoted father and pa to his grandkids. His most enjoyment was spending time with his family.

Graveside service and interment will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Spencer Town Cemetery in Spencer with military grave rites conducted by the American Legion Post 173. Family and friends are to meet at cemetery. No visitation will be held at High’s. Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) March 27, 2020