Richard Murry Baker, 70, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, August 20,2023 at his residence. He was born in Dyersburg on May 11, 1953 to the late Joe William and Margaret Ivey Baker. He was a 1971 graduate of Dyersburg High School and also a graduate and avid fan of LSU. He was a former President of the Dyersburg Country Club and SPO fraternity.
A true definition of family man and friend. Richard could always be counted on to book a flight or jump in the car to get to his family or friends. The group family texts always ended with “I love you” and “I’m on my way” anytime needed. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren in sporting activities or anything they were passionate about. He adored Christie and was always ready to pitch in when needed. He enjoyed social gatherings both at their home & other venues. To know him, truly was to love him. When he was not enjoying family time or watching LSU, he could be found reading, another passion for him. He passed peacefully reading his Kindle.
He was an Estimator at Ford Construction.
Richard was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2023 in the Chapel of Curry Funeral Home officiated by Dr. Daniel Wilkinson with interment to follow in Fairview Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, August 23rd beginning at 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Forrest McCain, Drew Litzer, Dr. Daniel Wilkinson, Hugh Todd, Jeff Lay and Jere Ford will be serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Moody, Dr. Fred Moore, Rob Kerr, Dr. Kevin Spanos, Jimmie Smith, Tommy Roper and Steve Carmichael.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Christie Baker; three daughters, Maurie Baker McCain (Forrest) of Obion, Margaret Baker Litzer (Drew) of Bend, OR, Mary Jewels Baker Wilkinson (Dan) of Albany, NY; his sister, Linda Baker of Orange Beach, FL; and six grandchildren whom he adored, William Mason McCain, Walker Gray McCain, Blakeslee Emryn Litzer, Beckett Rylan Litzer, Israel Ann Wilkinson and Ellianna Grace Wilkinson.
The family requests memorials be directed to the Richard Baker Memorial Fund, c/o First Citizens National Bank, P.O. Box 370, Dyersburg, TN 38025-0370.
Funeral services are under the direction of Curry Funeral Home. We are privileged and honored to serve the Baker family. You may share your condolences and your memories with the family at www.curryfuneral.com