ColumbiaMagazine.com
Printed from:

Welcome to Columbia Magazine  
 
























 
Walter (Garnett) Baker, 88, Adair Co., KY (1926-2015)

"During his life, Garnett was founder of the Portland country store which later became known as Kessler's Grocery. He was a traveling salesman for Stull Seed Corn to farmers for many years and later became a Tobacco Grader for the United States Government. Garnett served his country in the United States Army during World War II and honorably discharged in 1946. He was a lifetime farmer having brought Simmental beef cattle to Columbia, KY. He was a member of Pickett's Chapel United Methodist Church and was well-known in the surrounding counties with his exceptional bass voice in the church choir, the Pickett's Chapel Quartet and with the Johnnie Janes community singings. In his earlier years, he was a participant in the many square-dancing events in and around Adair County, an auctioneer with Coy Downey Real Estate & Auctions and very active in the political community, having run for office of County Judge-Executive on one occasion. During his lifetime, Garnett taught himself the Spanish language, calligraphy hand-writing, basket weaving, artistic painting and even grew his own broom corn and then hand made brooms which he would give away to family and friends. He was visited by many neighbors throughout the years for needing his "home remedy cold medicine". Garnett had a love for Chevrolet trucks (only red in color), vegetable and flower gardening, bee hives and was an avid baseball and basketball fan, with his love for both the U of L Cardinals and UK Wildcats. As Garnett left this world, a clear mind full of knowledge and history has also departed with him."
Click on headline for complete obituary with photo(s)

Walter "Garnett" Baker, 88, of the Portland community in Columbia, Adair County, Kentucky, passed away at12:35pmCT, on February 19, 2015 at T.J. Samson Hospital in Glasgow, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be Monday, February 23, 2015 at 2pmCT, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home with Rev. Herbert Janes, Rev. Pat Smith and Rev. Rod Walley officiating. Burial in Haven Hill Cemetery, 1267 Liberty Road, Columbia, KY, with full military honors presented by VFW Post 6097. Visitation after 4:30pmCT, Sunday, February 22, 2015.


Casket Bearers: Rhea Baker, Mark Baker, Barney Taylor, Cotton Smith, Walter Baker, and Briley Taylor.

Honorary: Jr. Brown, David Burris, Dale Hayes, Ollen Janes, Johnnie Janes, Millard Keltner, and Reuben Price.

Garnett was born on Friday, June 18, 1926. He was the son of the late Demon and Genevieve Pyle Baker. He died Thursday, February 19, 2015, at the age of 88 years, eight months, and one day.

During his life, Garnett was founder of the Portland country store which later became known as Kessler's Grocery. He was a traveling salesman for Stull Seed Corn to farmers for many years and later became a Tobacco Grader for the United States Government. Garnett served his country in the United States Army during World War II and honorably discharged in 1946. He was a lifetime farmer having brought Simmental beef cattle to Columbia, KY. He was a member of Pickett's Chapel United Methodist Church and was well-known in the surrounding counties with his exceptional bass voice in the church choir, the Pickett's Chapel Quartet and with the Johnnie Janes community singings. In his earlier years, he was a participant in the many square-dancing events in and around Adair County, an auctioneer with Coy Downey Real Estate & Auctions and very active in the political community, having run for office of County Judge-Executive on one occasion. During his lifetime, Garnett taught himself the Spanish language, calligraphy hand-writing, basket weaving, artistic painting and even grew his own broom corn and then hand made brooms which he would give away to family and friends. He was visited by many neighbors throughout the years for needing his "home remedy cold medicine". Garnett had a love for Chevrolet trucks (only red in color), vegetable and flower gardening, bee hives and was an avid baseball and basketball fan, with his love for both the U of L Cardinals and UK Wildcats. As Garnett left this world, a clear mind full of knowledge and history has also departed with him.

Besides his parents, Garnett was preceded in death by an infant brother, Wilburn Baker, by his teenage son, Stephen Baker in 1970; and by his wife of 47 years, Margaret Cundiff Baker in 2000.

He is survived by the following:
  • Two sons: Rhea Baker and companion, Sandy Crawhorn, Mark and Carla Baker all of Columbia, KY

  • Two daughters: Ann wife of Cotton Smith; and Nancy, wife of Barney Taylor all of Portland, KY

  • Five grandchildren: Nealia and Walter Baker, Hailey and Briley Taylor, Carrie Ann Smith

  • Two brothers: Doug and Shirley Baker, of Louisville, KY; and Marion and Karen Baker of Colorado.

  • Three sisters: Geraldine Whitlock of Greensburg, KY; June Bailey White of Columbia, KY; and Marine, wife of DJ Moore of Texas
Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, Send a condolence to the family of Garnett Baker

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, in charge of arrangements.


This story was posted on 2015-02-20 17:06:05
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.


 

Obituaries on this Site and Historical Information in Archived Obituaries
Are made possible in part through the support of
Grissom-Martin Funeral Home
Established in 1926
Located one block off the Square at 200 Campbellsville Street in Columbia, KY. (MAP) To reach David and Cathy Martin, phone (270)-384-2149, or E-mail: grissomfuneralhome@windstream.net.
Large enough to serve comfortably; Small enough to serve personally.

Searching obituaries? Here is a useful tool!
Links to Last 200 Obituaries posted on ColumbiaMagazine.com
If you find this helpful, let us know. If you still don't find a recent obituary for Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, Russell, or Taylor Counties, KY, let us know at 270-250-2730. -CM

To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.

Walter (Garnett) Baker, 88, Adair County, KY (1926-2015)



2015-02-20 - 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo from Grissom-Martin Funeral Home.

Walter "Garnett" Baker, 88, Adair County, KY (1926-2015)



Read More... | Comments? | Click here to share, print, or bookmark this photo.



 

























 
 
Quick Links to Popular Features


 

ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Use the following link: http://www.columbiamagazine.com/columbiamagazinerss.php.

Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.
Phone: 270-250-2730 Fax: 270-751-0401


Please use our contact page, or send questions about technical issues with this site to webmaster@columbiamagazine.com. All logos and trademarks used on this site are property of their respective owners. All comments remain the property and responsibility of their posters, all articles and photos remain the property of their creators, and all the rest is copyright 1995-Present by Columbia! Magazine and D'Zine, Ltd. Privacy policy: use of this site requires no sharing of information. Voluntarily shared information may be published and made available to the public on this site and/or stored electronically. Anonymous submissions will be subject to additional verification. Cookies are not required to use our site. However, if you have cookies enabled in your web browser, some of our advertisers may use cookies for interest-based advertising across multiple domains. For more information about third-party advertising, visit the NAI web privacy site.