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Rhea Baker, 59, Adair County, KY (1960-2019)

He was born in 1960 to Walter "Garnett" Baker and Margaret Cundiff Baker and grew up in the Portland community of Adair County. He had a love for life and lived it to the fullest. He was voted "Least Changed" during all of his high school class reunions. He traveled and went site-seeing all over the United States and also out of the country to Netherlands, Bahamas, Canada and Mexico. He was an avid lifetime blood and plasma donor for the Kentucky Blood Center and a multiple organ donor at the time of his death.

Walter "Rhea" Baker of Columbia, Adair County, Kentucky, passed away suddenly at 9:50pmCT on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at his home.

Funeral services will be Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 11amCT at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home with his Brother-in-law, the Rev. Barney Taylor, officiating. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, February 13, 2019 after 4pmCT.

Pallbearers are Mark Baker, Barney Taylor, Cotton Smith, Walter Baker, Briley Taylor, and Kevin Shepherd.



Rhea was 59 years of age, having been born on Sunday, January 24, 1960, to his parents, Walter "Garnett" Baker and Margaret Cundiff Baker, and grew up in the Portland community.

He was a former employee of OshKosh B'Gosh and an employee for 20 + years in the pipeline construction field for Waste Energy Technology, better known as WET, and Anchor Liquor.

Rhea had a love for life and lived it to the fullest. He was voted "Least Changed" during all of his high school class reunions. He traveled and went site-seeing all over the United States and also out of the country to Netherlands, Bahamas, Canada and Mexico. In his earlier years, Rhea was an outfielder on the softball field, loved to shoot 8-ball pool, play both rook and poker, and play golf.

Most recently, you would find him riding up and down the Kentucky roads on his beloved purple Harley Davidson motorcycle, or on Green River Lake in his boat fishing for hours, both of which were always done with his best friend, Kevin Shepherd, by his side. Rhea was also a member of the Wannabeez Bowling Team every Tuesday night at Barney's Fun Center and bowled his best game ever during his final bowling tournament this last weekend. You would also find Rhea in front of the television when his favorite team, UK Wildcats, were playing basketball. Rhea was an avid lifetime blood and plasma donor for the Kentucky Blood Center and a multiple organ donor at the time of his death.

Rhea was preceded in death by his older brother, Stephen Baker in 1970, his mother, Margaret Cundiff Baker in 2000, and his father, Walter "Garnett" Baker in 2015. He was also preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Demon and Genevieve Baker, and maternal grandparents, Henry Herschel and Anna Cundiff.

He is survived by the following:

Two Sisters - Ann and Cotton Smith, Nancy and Barney Taylor all of Portland

One Brother - Mark and Carla Baker of Columbia

Nieces and Nephews - Nealia and Walter Baker, Hailey (Chandler Staten) and Briley Taylor, and Carrie Ann Smith

Long-time companion - Sandy Crawhorn, and her daughter, Destiny Greer, both of Knifley

Best Friend - Kevin Shepherd and his wife, Kim, of Columbia

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


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Walter Rhea Baker, 59, Adair County, KY (1960-2019)



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