Thursday, September 26, 2013
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Reverend Richard Dick Baker
Reverend Richard Dick Lee Baker, 82, died peacefully at home in Duluth, GA on September 23, 2013 after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born in Chattanooga, TN to Willie and Selma Baker. He was a graduate of Sanford University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a beloved Minister who served churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia for over 40 years.
His last pastorate was at First Baptist Church Duluth where he ministered for 14 years. During his years at Duluth, the church experienced phenomenal growth and he led in a very successful building program that resulted in the church moving from a sanctuary that would seat approximately 300 to the present facility that will accommodate approximately one thousand. While at Duluth, he was actively involved in the Duluth Ministerial Association, the Gwinnett Baptist Association and the Georgia Baptist Convention. He stayed abreast of the work of Georgia Baptist and contributed to the Christian Index as a writer of Sunday School lessons.
After his retirement he was honored by being made Pastor Emeritus of First Baptist Duluth. During his retirement years he served as an Interim Pastor for several churches. One of his latest ministries was teaching a Sunday School class at First Baptist Duluth, known as The Best Sunday School Class. He was a very devoted teacher who was loved dearly by his class members. They showed their love and respect for him by ministering to him during his illness.
In addition to his church activities, he loved his community and was an avid sports fan. He served as Chaplain for the Duluth High School Football Team for a number of years.
He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Barbara, and sons, Vance Baker and Matthew Baker.
Visitation will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at First Baptist Church Duluth , with a Celebration of Life service to follow at 3:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Reverend Bakers name to the American Cancer Society or to the First Baptist Church Duluth Building Fund.
Condolences may be sent by visiting www.billheadfuneralhome.com.
Bill Head Funeral Homes & Crematory Duluth Chapel (770)476-2535.