Linwood Lee Baker Jr. passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in Abilene, Texas. A time of visitation will be 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South, Abilene Texas. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Friday, April 5, 2019 at Faith Deliverance Community Church, 5501 Hwy 277 South, Abilene, Texas.
Linwood Lee Baker Jr. was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania on September 20, 1950; to Linwood Sr. and Dorothy Baker. He was the youngest of four children. He was adored by all who knew him.
Linwood was very gifted and musically talented; his love and passion was singing. At a very early age it was obvious that God would anoint his voice to sign the gospel. He started signing in his church choir as a lead vocalist, he later joined the Philadelphia all boys choir which enhanced his gift. He was educated in the Philadelphia public school system, in June 1968, he graduated from Box Vocational Technical High School.
He worked several jobs before joining the United States Air Force in 1970. He served the military with distinction and pride. He earned numerous citations and awards, he always said the best job he ever had in the military was becoming a technical instructor. He said teaching recruits gave him a lot of satisfaction seeing the fruits of his labor. Throughout his career he was stations at several stateside bases: Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock Texas where he met his wife Barbara. He met his wife to be Barbara at Reese Air Force base in June 1972, the later married in January 1975 and the family was blessed with six daughters. Linwood was stationed in Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul Illinois, Loring? Air Force Base in Maine, Myrtle Beach Air Force Base in Myrtle Beach South Carolina and Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene TX. He served overseas during the Vietnam era and deployed to various countries throughout the far East. He earned the rank of Senior Master Sergeant before deploying to Saudi Arabia in support of the Desert Storm conflict in August 1990- 1991 where he received distinguished honors for serving in a combat environment. Linwood retired in February 1996 after 26 years of meritorious service to his country. After his time in the service he began working for the United States Postal Service. Linwood worked for the Postal service for 12 years in Abilene.
Linwood became a member of Faith Deliverance Community Church in October 1992 where he served in numerous auxiliary positions, most notable he joined the choir and later became the praise team leader for many years. In September 1996 he joined the United States Postal Service; he worked as a rural carrier and later as a city carrier up until his retirement in February 2010. Linwood loved life. He loved singing, cooking, fishing with his best friend James, and more than anything he loved children and family was always his first priority.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Linwood Lee Baker Sr. and Dorothy Baker (Fortune); and two sisters, Doris Byrd-Gibbs, and Vivian Lynn Baker.
Linwood is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean; children, Lesia Walker (Londell), Sheila Crockett (Marcus Bellamy), Charlotte Smith, Trina Brown (Izeax Birdow), Demetria Rutledge (Anthony Edge), Kimberly Small (Calven), and a grand-daughter that he adopted and raised as daughter, Tashina Calhoun; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, four sister-in-laws, three brother-in-laws and a host of nieces and nephews. One aunt Kathleen Fortune (Nathaniel), one brother Stephen Baker, three nephews: Billy Byrd (Monica), Kenneth Byrd (Karen), and Stephen Baker Jr, and one niece; Thresa Baker all of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Online condolences may be shared with the family through the obituary link at www.elmwoodfuneral.com
Sending heartfelt condolences to the family. May The Lord strenghten and comfort you all.
Praying for you all.
Emma Mc Giure EdwardsDenver, CO
While there is no way we can feel your pain, we do feel your loss as we have known Baker for many years. Peace and love to you and your family during this sorrowful time. Forrest, Sarah & Rick
Sarah ClearyClyde, TX
My prayers are with the family during your time of sorrow.🙏🏽
Deacon George MitchellPhiladelphia, PA
Our heart felt condolences to each of you. We were truly sorrowed to hear about your loss of Bro Baker, however we are confident that you will find a peace in knowing our God the God of comfort. Sis Baker, I am praying for your family. God’s peace in the days and weeks ahead!
❤️ Much Love!
Pat and Jeff
Pat and Jeff WillieAllen, TX
My childhood friend, it is hard to believe that you are gone. I will cherish all the memories of our days growing up together, like brothers. The fun times that we had in the Cub & Boy Scout. The years that we spend in Blankenburg, Shoemaker, and then graduating from Bok in 1968. Rest In Peace dear friend, until we meet again in heaven. My prayers are with your family.🙏🏽
Clifford Mitchell Jr.Philadelphia, PA
I am truly sorry for your loss. Uncle Linwood will truly be missed but he will never be forgotten, may his soul rest in peace.
Stephen Baker JrWashington, DC
Dear Baker family,
Please accept our condolences for your loss. Death is an enemy, not a friend. The Bible assures us at Isaiah 25:8 that God will swallow up death forever, and at Revelation 21:3, 4 God assures
us that neither death, mourning, nor outcry or pain will be no more. We can have hope in these promises from our Creator; Hebrews 6:18 assures us of that.
As a retired Philadelphia school teacher, I appreciate Linwood's education at Bok Vocational High School. My husband is also retired from the Post Office; many things in common, but hope the spiritual/scriptural message encourages you more than anything.
Mrs. Walker, DE
Daddy, this is not good bye for me. I called you today just to say hi and I love you so much. Hearing your voice mail brought tears to my eyes. May God continues to watch over you. I miss and love you Daddy. Your loving daughter Sheila.
Sheila Denise CrockettFort Worth, TX
We were deeply saddened when we heard about the passing of Brother Baker. We are praying for Sis. Baker and the rest of the family. We know God will give you strength during your time of sorrow. We love you.
Gloria and Jonathan BeyGrand Prairie, TX
I was saddened when I heard of the passing of Junior. It seems like just yesterday when we all would go fishing together. Your family is in my prayers.🙏🏽
Dennis MitchellPhiladelphia, PA
We offer our deepest sympathy condolences to the family .
Rev.Dr.Earl R.Mitchell Sr.Kinston, NC
My dear sweet brother of another mother (this is his words to describe our friendship) I will wrap myself in your kindness & all the wonderful memories we shared & find comfort. I pray for your loved ones, that they find the same comfort of your many memories shared ❤️ much love my friend
Becki AndersonLubbock, TX