William “Bill” Edward Baker Jr., 68, of Glen St. Mary died March 24, 2012. He was born in Jacksonville to the late William Edward Baker Sr. and Thelma Smith Baker on December 10, 1943. He was a 1961 graduate of Paxon High School and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Jacksonville University in 1968.Mr. Baker resided in Baker County since 1973 after moving from Jacksonville. He was a member of Unity Church for Creative Living in Jacksonville and of the Baker County Amateur H.A.M. Radio Operators, call sign K4gns. Bill worked for Duval County schools from 1968-1985 and then the Baker County school system from 1985-1996 retiring as assistant superintendent. At the time of his death, he was a consultant to school systems throughout Florida, mentoring administrators and faculty. Bill loved playing the guitar, hiking and gardening, and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan.
Survivors include loving wife of 47 years, Carol Meeks Baker; daughters Pam (Michael) Baker Robinson of Macclenny and Karen (Christopher) Baker Clifton of Callahan; sister Dorothy Baker Gray of Jacksonville; grandchildren Shea Robinson, Shanna Robinson, Wyatt Clifton and Jessie Clifton.
The celebration of life will be held at the Baker residence at 14413 Tim Rhoden Road, Glen St. Mary Friday, March 30 at 4:30 pm with Ms. Dale Beaman officiating. There will be a time of sharing personal stories, so bring a memoir of Bill for the family’s scrapbook if possible. Casual attire is recommended.
V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Red Cross Jacksonville Chapter, 751 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32204 or to the Baker County YMCA, 98 West Lowder Street Macclenny, FL 32063 in Mr. Baker’s name.