Duke Baker, 51, former resident of Big Spring, died in Lubbock County Wednesday [February 29, 1976] of an accidental electrical shock. Services will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Berea Baptist Church with the Rev. Stan Blevins, pastor of the Oakwood Baptist Church of Lubbock, officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Memorial Park.
Mr. Baker was born Aug. 22, 1924, in Nacona and married Janie Carter, March 31, 1946, in Tulare, Calif. He came to Big Spring in February, 1949, and worked for Meads Bakery, the Texas and Pacific Credit Union, and Webb AFB Credit Union. He was also employed by the Big Spring Educational Employees Credit Union.
Mr. Baker also worked for Reese AFB Credit Union in Lubbock, and at the time of death was working for a tax office in Lubbock. He had been in Lubbock for 30 months. He was a member of Oakwood Baptist Church of Lubbock, and served with the Marines in World War II. He was also involved in the occupation of Japan.
Survivors include his widow; three daughters, Mrs. David (Brenda) Burleson, Houston, Mrs. Mike (Danna) Watkins, Lubbock, Miss Debbie Baker, of the home; seven brothers, Melvin Baker, Portales, N.M., Arthur Baker, Rose Pine, La., Oliver Baker, Cisco, Raymond Baker, Amarillo, Elmer Baker, Keniwick, Wash., Gilbert Baker, Chewelah, Wash., George Baker, Joplin, Mo.; three sisters, Mrs. Neal (Florence) Boyce, Lubbock, Mrs. Warren (Opal) Ware, Morton, Mrs. John (Jean) Kelly, Cleveland, Ohio; and two grandchildren.
A son, David Brent Baker, preceded him in death June 10, 1957.
Pallbearers will be Sid Clark, Vaughn Martin, Johnny L. Turner, Dearl Pittman, Berry Watson, and John Wright.