William Hardin Baker, 83, of McMinnville died Tuesday, May 12 at NHC Health Care in McMinnville.
He was born Nov. 17, 1931 in Spencer and was the retired fire chief of the McMinnville City Fire Department, was involved in the organization of the Collins River Volunteer Fire Department, and formerly served on the fire department at AEDC in Tullahoma in a career as a fireman that span over 40 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Spencer, served his country as a corporal with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and was preceded in death by parents Clyde and Edith Baker, wife Frances Rhea Baker, and an infant sister.
Survivors include his children Sandra (Robert) Adams and Joe (Kelly) Baker; grandchildren, Garrett Adams, Brenna Adams, Jathan Baker, and Kloey Baker; sisters, Evelyn (George) Logan and Clydene (Bob) Rosenthal, and brothers, Robert (Phyllis) Baker and Edwin (Barbara) Baker; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joyce and H.B. Scott. Several nieces, nephews, family members, and friends also survive.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Jason Nunley will officiate. All firefighters are asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and will honor Chief Baker’s service. Interment will follow at Philadelphia Cemetery. Military grave rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 173 and VFW Post 5064. The Baker family will receive friends Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. and again Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.mcminnvillefuneralhome.com.
McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) May 15, 2015