Weldon Marshall Baker
Weldon Marshall “Pete” Baker, 88, of McMahan passed away Saturday evening Feb. 23, 2008. Following a stroke six years ago he has been a resident of the Golden Age Home assisted living center in Lockhart. His death comes as a result of pneumonia and a heart attack early Saturday.
Born March 3, 1919 the son of James Milton Baker and Martha Ann Hellums Baker he left this
world just nine days short of his 89th birthday.
A proud historian and genealogist, Pete always reminded his children that he attended Harmony Grove School, the first consolidated school in Caldwell County. For the higher grades he went to McMahan School until the 11th grade, when they were transported to Lockhart for their final school year. He took an early liking to electronics, known by some of the neighbors as the kid that ran a copper wire out the back door of the house into a large oak tree, to be used as an antenna to receive sounds from around the world. In the 1960″s, he and a number of citizen”s band (CB) enthusiasts formed the Lockhart CB Club, and for a while they were recruited by the Caldwell County Sheriffs department as auxiliary officers. Just a few years ago he achieved brief fame when Texas Highways Magazine published his photograph along with the first TV set purchased in Caldwell County, a 1942 model.
Pete was a member and deacon of Bethel Primitive Baptist Church at McMahan and a supporter and lover of Sacred Harp “Shaped Note” singing. He was retired from the Texas Highway Department and was a founding member of the Caldwell County Genealogical and Historical Society.
Pete is survived by his brother, Saint Armo “Buddy” Baker and nephew, Joe Milton Baker. Also surviving are his children, Pat Parsons and son-in-law, Chuck of Luling; Martha Aiken and son-in-law, Howard of McMahan; son John M. Baker and daughter-in-law Cassandra of Lockhart; step-daughter, Wanda McMullen Donovan and husband, Jim of San Antonio; and step-son, Gary McMullen and wife Becky of Delhi; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by wife, Alice Julia Biggs Baker of Alice, Texas, and second wife, Lennie White McMullen Baker of Delhi.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, at 10 a.m. at Bethel Church in McMahan with the burial at Jeffrey Cemetery.
The family sends a special thanks to his friends at the Golden Age Home Personnel Care in Lockhart for their precious care during his six years of residency.