Anthony “Tony” Baker

April 3, 1933 - July 12, 2014
Anthony “Tony” Baker

Anthony “Tony” Baker, age 81, of Wilmington passed away peacefully Saturday, July 12, 2014 at his residence.

He was born April 3, 1933 in Johnston County, North Carolina the son of the late Thel Baker and Elgie Price Baker.

Tony served his country proudly in the US Army during the Korean War. He furthered his education at Atlantic Christian College and later began a fulfilling career with the Wake County Treatment Center giving counsel to those in need. Tony enjoyed his birds, flowers and the time spent in meditation at Fort Fisher. He carried a joyful outlook and brought a gift of cheer to all that knew him. His magnetic personality, ability to enjoy people and find humor on the road of life made him a wonderful father, grandfather and friend.

Surviving are his daughters, Angie Baker Harris and husband Randy and Beverly Baker-Newsholme and husband Erik; beloved grandson, Cameron “CB” Baker Harris; brother, Mather “Rocky “Baker and wife Mary Jane; and a host of other loving family and friends.

A Celebration of life will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Masonboro Woods Club House in the Madison Place Subdivision on Coronado Drive, Wilmington, NC 28409. A reception will follow at the club house. In keeping with Tony’s memory and wishes, please wear your favorite Casual Attire.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Fellowship Home of Raleigh, 506 Cutler Street, Raleigh, NC 27603 or the Children’s Miracle Network, 205 West 700 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101.

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  • July 18, 2014
    yvonne caryle says:
    I met Tony at Golden Corral where I take my father. He was such a spirited, joyful man. My father and I really enjoyed talking with him. Such a nice man

  • July 18, 2014
    Sydney Towne says:
    Tony Baker (or grandaddy as i call him) was the most optimistic man I knew. I had the privilege of knowing him though his grandson Cameron and his family. Grandaddy always had a smile on his face and a joke he had to tell. The one memory that I will remember forever is the simple question he would ask me, "Are you thirsty? Would you like some water?" To which I would respond, " No thank you, I'm good." He would say, " Well i know you're good, I asked if you were thirsty and wanted water." This would make both of us laugh and it would bring a smile to his face. He was truly a remarkable man and he will be missed greatly. I love you grandaddy!

  • July 15, 2014
    Tony Smith says:
    Dear Family: Please accept my sincere and heartfelt sympathy at this very difficult and sudden loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers now and in the days to come. May God grant you peace.

  • July 15, 2014
    Art Sellers says:
    Velma, Beverly and Angie, Was sad to hear today about Tony's death. You all will continue to be in our prayers. Please let me know if there is anything we can do for you. Love, Art & family

  • July 15, 2014
    Ed and Edith Baker says:
    Loving memories for Tony in many ways, and Ed was just telling of the "good old days" when he and Tony got caught for taking peaches from grandma Price’s trees. She told Elgie and we never took any more "which is hard to believe". May you girls know of our love and prayers, Tony is now free from pain. I can hear his contagious laughter even now. God has called him home Psalms 116:15