Matthew Adam Baker of Wendell, NC entered the Lord’s presence on Friday, December 20, 2013. He was the precious son of Mike and June Baker and loving brother of Tracy Hamer and her husband, Luke. Matt was kind and compassionate, even as a child. His sweet spirit shone through in his many creative outlets. Through music and poetry, Matt expressed the longings of his heart and the yearnings of his soul.
Matt had a thirst for knowledge and was extremely bright. He was a cheerful boy who played baseball and excelled at school. At the age of 9, Matt accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. His favorite verse was Luke 2:52: “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” For his entire life, Matt’s desire was to increase in wisdom and favor with God and man. He also wanted to increase in stature, but alas, that didn’t happen.
Matt enjoyed music, poetry, writing, family travel, his career of selling insurance, and making friends with everyone he met. He had a special love for the elderly and for children. As Matt grew older, he became more introspective, and his writings reflected the depth of his understanding of things unseen. For many years, he struggled mightily with mental illness, but his compassionate, loving soul still shone through.
In addition to his immediate family, Matthew is survived by his maternal grandmother, Lois Lunsford, of Sharonville, OH and paternal grandparents, Aaron and Jeanneane Baker of Stony Point, NC. Matt is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather John Lunsford.
No flowers please. Instead, if desired, we request you make a donation for a greater purpose. Please specify the Matt Baker Memorial Fund at the following: NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness, Wake County Chapter) for schizophrenia research/education, Providence Baptist Church for the yearly youth Belize mission trip, or Journey Church of Raleigh, NC for the Uganda Children’s Orphanage.
A memorial service will be held at Providence Baptist Church (6339 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh, NC 27612) at 1 pm on Saturday, December 28. Family visitation will follow the service.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said,"Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." Revelation 21:4, 5