Josiah Duncan “Buck” Baker, age 82, passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Buck was born on August 3, 1932, in Nash County and was a resident of the Coopers Community. He and his brother were lifelong partners in the family farming and cattle business. He had the Reserve Champion Steer at the Eastern Carolina Fat Stock Show in 1951.
Buck enjoyed people. He shared his compassion for his fellow man and was always willing to help others. He had a kind and humorous word for everyone and was held in high regard by all. He was an honorary member of the West Mount Volunteer Fire Department.
He graduated from Coopers High School in 1951 and attended Oak Ridge Military Institute. He served in the United States Army from 1953 through 1955.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Darlor Pridgen Baker; Son, Josiah Duncan Baker, Jr.; brother, William Otho Baker, Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Otho Baker and Addie Pridgen Baker; brothers, James Purvis Baker and Walter Edison Baker; sister, Ruth Baker Christie; and brother-in-law, Walter E. Christie, Jr.
A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the Chapel of Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 27804 with Rev. Paul Weaver and Rev. Leonard Thompson officiating. Burial will follow the service at Forest Hills Cemetery in Nashville. Visitation will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Monday, April 27, 2015 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 5326 London Church Road, Elm City or to other charities.
Arrangements are entrusted to Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. You may share your memories and condolences with the family by visiting www.wheeler woodlief.com