Mr. James Kenneth “Buddy” Baker passed from this life Tuesday, May 22, 2007, at his home.
Born September 16, 1945 in Des Ark, Arkansas, Mr. Baker had been a resident of Texas City for most of his life. He had been employed as an instrument technician for Union Carbide/DOW Chemical Company for 33 years, was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed hunting, woodwork, metal art, building and fixing things.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James William and Gladys Marie (Ford) Baker and is survived by his loving wife of over 27 years, Peggy Jean Baker; sons, Kenneth Baker and wife, Irene of Santa Fe, Max VanHouten, Jr. of Texas City; daughters, Kristi Harris and husband, Patrick of La Marque, Kim Newsom and husband, Paul of Santa Fe; grandchildren, Brandy and Michael Townsend, Sean and Christina LaFrage, Khristopher Baxter, Taylor Newsom, Alexandria Baker, Samantha Baker, Ty VanHouten; great-grandchildren, Kameryn Townsend, Piper Townsend, Austen LaFrage; sisters, Lorene Witten of Dallas, Patricia Nourse and husband, Laurie of Bayfield, WI, Kathryn Roark of Pasadena, Alva Baker and husband, C. W. of New Braunfels.
Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2007, at Arcadia First Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Hayes Funeral Home.
Casketbearers will be Rusty Alan LaFrage, Sean LaFrage, Terry Lemmond, Taylor Newsom, Michael Townsend, Max VanHouten, Jr., Rodney Biddy and Ed Wells.
Friends may call from 5 - 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, 10412 Highway 6, (409) 925-3501.
Those who wish may make memorials in the form of donations to M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, P. O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210 and/or Amed Hospice, 8901 Emmett F. Lowry Expwy, Ste. B, Texas City, TX 77591. www.hayesfuneralhome.com