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Beloved Baptist preacher W.L. Baker dies on 105th birthday

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From there he was called to First Baptist Church in Jonesborough for six and a-half years. His third pastorate was at First Baptist Church in Donelson from 1949-1973.

From 1964-71, he served the Southern Baptist Convention in the following areas: Executive Board 1964-70; Historical Commission 1965-70; Trustee of Belmont College 1965-71; Board of Managers for Tennessee Childrens Home, Franklin; Trustee of the Relief & Annuity Board, S.B.C., Dallas, TX.

One of his fondest memories was delivering the Sermon on the Mount from memory, at Baird Chapel, Cumberland College in October 1975.

Since retiring in 1973, Bro. Baker continued to minister by serving 27 churches as Interim Pastor, the last being Calvary Baptist Church on Sparta Pike, Lebanon.

Born Aug. 3, 1908, in Smith County's New Middleton Community, to Pleas and Dora Allison Baker, he moved with his family including brothers, Horace and Earl, to Lebanon at the age of 12.

After graduating from Lebanon High School, he earned a Bachelors Degree from Cumberland University in 1930. Bro. Baker then attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX for one year before transferring to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY where he earned a TH. B. Degree in 1932.

He was married to Bonnie L. Anderson of Liberty in 1932 -- who died December 13, 1952. His second marriage was to Olive Pearle Stark in 1954 -- who died July 23, 1982. He also was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and their spouses; and son-in-law, Malcolm Sloan.

Funeral services for Bro. Baker are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Johnson, Bro. Russ Stephens, and Bro. Donald Owens officiating.

Interment will follow at Salem Cemetery at Liberty.

Visitation Monday 1-8 p.m. and Tuesday after 9 a.m. at Ligon & Bobo.

Survivors include: his DAUGHTER Ann Baker Sloan of Lebanon; grandchildren Bill Sloan of Lebanon; Malcolm Sloan Jr. of Hermitage; David (Gena) Sloan of Mt. Juliet; and Sharon Sloan (Victor) Jeffreys of Mount Hope, AL; six great grandchildren and five great, great grandchildren.

Arrangements are in the care of Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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