Nathaniel Baker, Sr., “Bubba” as he was affectionately known, made his transition from labor to rest on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 3:30 a. m. in his home. He was born on March 15, 1947 to Sam Baker, Jr. and the late Henrietta Small Baker in Sumter County. Bubba enlisted in the United States Army in 1965. He served in the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1970 as a supply clerk. He separated from active duty with an Honorable discharge in 1970. He transitioned into the Army Reserves at Fort Belvoir, Alexandria, VA. He retired as a Sergeant First Class / E 7 in 1995. His combined total military service was 20 years. He was employed by the Department of Interior / Inspector General’s Office. He retired after 30 years of federal employment. Bubba grew up in the Quinn Chapel A. M. E. Church, where he was a faithful member until he joined the United States Army. His education included: Ebenezer High School, Dalzell, Durham Business School, Durham, NC with an AA Degree in Business, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC with a BA Degree in Accounting and Central Michigan University with a Master’s of Art Degree. He attended Howard University School of Divinity to become a Sunday school teacher and he attended Phillips School of Theology. He pastured two churches, Saint James Trinity CME, Lawrenceville, VA and Mt. Pisgah CME in Evington, VA. He also received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from National Beauty Culturist League (NBCL) for his dedicated service and hard work. Nathaniel’s passion was videograpy. He loved and perfected this skill for 26 years. Nathaniel is survived by: his wife Beverly Pringle Baker of 49 years; four children, Nathaniel Baker, Jr., Michael Lewis Baker (Kyra), Melvin Ray Baker (Tabitha) and CPT Jennifer Lynette Baker; one grandson, Michael Lewis Baker, Jr.; his father, Sam Baker, Jr., two sisters, Beulah Baker Green, Loretta Baker Johnson; three brothers, Moses Baker (Clara), Albertus Baker (Deloris) and John Ray Baker (Edna Mae); a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home, 10 Emily Drive, Sumter. Homegoing Celebration will be held 1:00 p. m., Tuesday, August 13, 2019 from the Quinn Chapel A. M. E. Church, 2400 Queen Chapel Road, Sumter, with the Rev. Jerome McCray, pastor, Minister Cynthia Nedd, eulogist. The Remains will be placed in the church at 12 noon. The funeral procession will leave the home at 12:20 p. m. Burial will be in the Whites Cemetery, 1575 Airport Road, Sumter.
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