YOUNGSTOWN - James Wilson Baker, 82, of Youngstown, formerly of New Middletown, Ohio, passed away July 12, 2012 at his home after a short fight with liver cancer.
Jim was born March 4, 1930 in Erwin, Tenn., the son of John and Hattie Whaley-Baker. During the early 1930s the family moved to New Middletown, Ohio.
A 1948 graduate of Springfield Local High School, Jim retired from Youngstown Sheet and Tube/LTV. He was proud to be a 27 year retired veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserves having served in Germany, Holland, Switzerland and Italy during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Jim was a life member at large of American Legion and VFW.
Jim attended Bridge of Hope Assembly of God Church in Boardman which was a large part of his life for over 40 years. He enjoyed helping people and doing what he could to enlighten their lives. Jim enjoyed hobbies of fishing, traveling and he loved to spend time with his family, especially his great-grandchildren, and friends.
Jim was preceded in death on May 20, 2012 by his wife of 56 years, Helen Scott-Baker whom he married June 5, 1955. He also was preceded in death by his sisters, Helen and her husband John Barrow and Louise and her husband Ronald Smith; and great-grandson Samuel Wilson Hoover.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Connie and her husband Dennis A. Higbee of Columbiana; granddaughter, Katherine Sunshine (Michael) Hoover; great-granddaughters, Leigthy Russell, Elizabeth Russell and Norah-Ann Grace Hoover; and great-grandson, Owen Hoover, all of Hamilton, Ohio; grandson Thomas James (Larra Miller) Higbee and great-grandson, Jesse James Higbee; granddaughter, Victoria (Christopher) Hudson; grandson, Jeremy (Amanda) Higbee; great-granddaughters, Heaven Grace and Skylynn Higbee; and great-grandson, Ethen Higbee, all of Columbiana; nieces Kathy (Don) Reash of Columbiana and Vickie Watson of Columbus; great-niece Kristen Llewellyn of Columbiana; and great-nephew Kevin Llewellyn of Los Angeles, Calif.
The family would like to express their love and appreciation for the incredible, wonderful care and compassion shown towards both Jim and Helen from MVI Hospice. Thank you for making their final days special.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday at Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland, with Pastor Rick Mason officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Boardman.
Friends may call Sunday from 4-7 p.m. and Monday from 12-12:45 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family requests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the Rabbit and Poultry Committee of the Columbiana County Fair, c/o 51083 Chamberlain Street, P.O. Box 132, Negley, Ohio 44441.
Condolences may be sent to www.beckerobits.com.