Deacon Arthur L. Baker of Marianna, FL, transitioned from life temporal to life eternal on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 in Jackson Hospital.
Deacon Baker was a member of Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church. He was an active member of in the community before and after retirement. He was an active member of the Safia Temple #188 of Panama City (Shriner) and St Joseph #99 of Marianna (Mason) where he is the District Deputy Grand Master of District #5.
Deacon Baker also held these past accolades: Past Master of St. Joseph Lodge #99; Honorary Past Grand High Priest of W.C. Glenn Chapter #144; Sir Knight of Christian Commander #46; Past Commander in Chief of C.H. Henry Consistory #71; Grand Inspector General 33° Mason; Past Potentate of Safia Temple #188 of Panama City, FL; and Past Deputy of the Oasis of Panama City, FL.
Deacon Baker was a current member and past Commander of the American Legion, Post 100; a current member and past Club President of the Marianna Optimist Club. He was also past Lieutenant Governor of the North Florida District, Zone 3 of the Optimist Club; a current member, past Treasurer and Vice President of the New Golden Key Club; a current Life member of the Marianna Area Chapter 39 Buffalo Soldiers; a current member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) #10246); and a current member of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) #22. He was Advisor to and Past President of the Usher Board and President of the 3rd Sunday Choir.
Celebration of Life services will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 12:00 Noon from the sanctuary of Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church located at 3695 Poplar Springs Road in Marianna, FL with the Reverend Joseph Curry, Reverend David Cobb, Reverend Travis Ephriam, and the Reverend Dwight Cockerham, Sr. (Pastor), Officiating. Interment in the church cemetery. Vann Funeral Home in charge.
Deacon Baker will lie in repose at the church from 11:00 A.M. until time for the service.
A viewing will be held Friday, August 18, 2017 from 2:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. from the Chapel of Vann Funeral Home.
He leaves to cherish his memories, a loving and devoted family:
Wife of 40 years: Annie Baker of Marianna, FL
Three Daughters: Tracy Swint of Greenwood, FL; Sharon Baker and Tawanda Baker, both of Marianna, FL
Two Sons: Fredrick Hall (Gwen) of Wewahitchka, FL; and Michael Curry of Marianna, FL
Nine Grandchildren, Six Great Grandchildren, Siblings
And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear and sorrowing friends.