Mr. Joe William Baker, age 88, of Dyersburg, TN died Monday, August 23, 2010 at his residence. Mr. Baker was a WWII Navy Sea Bees Veteran and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was an avid sports fan of his granddaughters.
Services will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 25, 2010 Graveside at Fairview Cemetery with Dr. Larry Blakeburn officiating. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Baker family will receive visitors Wednesday, August 25th from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Margaret Baker of Dyersburg, 1 daughter Linda Jo Baker of Madison, MS, 1 son Richard Baker and wife Christie of Dyersburg, 2 sisters Mary Sugg Baker of Dyersburg and Teeny Williams of Jackson and 3 granddaughters Maurie Baker, Margaret Baker and Mary Jewels Baker.
He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph Richard and Bessie Lele Stone Baker.
Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Anderson, Mack Forrester, Stoy Permenter, Stallings Lipford, Danny Fowlkes and R.B. Cannon.
The family requests that memorials be directed to Community Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 1002, Dyersburg, TN 38025-1002.
Online condolences are available on our website- www.curryfuneral.com
William E. Powell
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Bill attended Little Rock Central High School where he was vice-president of the student body. He excelled in football and track and was offered twelve college football scholarships. At his Mother's insistence, he played saxophone in the band during half time at the football games, and then changed back into his football gear for the second half. He held the State record for the sixty yard dash for many years. Bill loved football and he loved Vanderbilt! He was Vanderbilt player of the week four times, SEC player of the week three times and on the Vanderbilt University Honor Council. Bill was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and an SAE Founder's Medalist. He was a 1950 graduate of Vanderbilt University. He was in the US Naval Reserve and served aboard the USS Coral Seas where he trained with the Naval Academy football team. He was a long time member and served as a deacon at First Presbyterian Church. Devoted father and loyal friend, Bill never met a stranger. He possessed an exuberant personality, was a true Southern gentleman and was the epitome of a man's man. He overcame many life-altering challenges in his long life with grace, optimism and perseverance. He was greatly respected and revered by all those who knew and loved him. He will be deeply missed but remembered with great fondness for his love of life, family and friends.
Bill was the previous owner of Capitol Chevrolet/Honda, one of the largest volume Chevrolet dealers in the Southeast and the first Honda dealer in Tennessee. He served twice as president of the Tennessee Automobile Association. He was president of the Nashville Automobile Association, where he was the recipient of The Legends Award. He was president of his twenty group for eight years and was a member of the board of directors of the National Automobile Dealers Association.
Bill held memberships in Belle Meade Country Club, Nashville City Club, the Exchange Club, the Cedar Creek Yacht Club, Beaver Creek Country Club, Hillwood Country Club and the Vanderbilt Commodore Club. He was a lifelong supporter of his beloved Vanderbilt University.
Bill was preceded in death by loving parents, Ivah Lee Powell and Roy Powell; son, William E. Powell, Jr.; first wife, Helen Sudduth Powell. Survived by his wife of 21 years, Debra Richardson Powell, daughter Mary Helen Maskill (Bill), son, Tyler Richardson Powell, grandchildren, Jaime Maskill, Hunter Maskill, Beau Powell and Channing Powell; cousins, Dr. Joe Michael Edwards (Charlotte Ann); Pat Edwards (Jackie); father-in-law Robert Richardson, sister-in-law Tanna Canada (Jimmy), brother-in-law Buddy Sasser, sister-in-law Roberta Witherspoon (John); nieces and nephews Angela Canada (Shane), Kevin Canada (Christy), Anna Margaret Brackman (Dillon), Christian Edwards, Lynn Osgood (Byron), Dixon Witherspoon (Wanda), John Witherspoon IV (Leigh); and much loved golden retrievers, Scooter and Dixie.
Honorary Pallbearers are Joe Michael Edwards, John Witherspoon, Bill Maskill, Jimmy Canada, Harold Lucas, Jerry Jones, David Barnette, Jimmy Allen and Jim Caldwell.
Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday, August 24, 5-7 pm and Wednesday, August 25 from 2-4 pm in the Cheek House of First Presbyterian Church to be followed by the Memorial Service in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church at 4 o'clock.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts in Bill's memory be given to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St. Nashville, TN 37203, The Biblical Garden at First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Rd. Nashville, TN 37220, or Middle Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue, PO Box 681106, Franklin,TN 37068.