S.A. “Buddy” Baker
Saint Armo “Buddy” Baker, 94, of McMahan, Texas, passed away on Sunday, June 15, 2008 at a rehabilitation center in Round Rock.
He was born on June 18, 1913, in McMahan to the late James Milton Baker and the late Martha Ann Hellums Baker. He grew up in the Lockhart area and helped his family make a living during The Great Depression.
His first major employer
was the magnesium plant in Austin, Texas, during the early-40s. In 1945 he went to work for Neal Drilling Company as a driller, and later became a Drilling Superintendent, drilling for oil all over South Texas. In 1965 he went to work for Petrofina as a Drilling Operations Superintendent until he retired in 1978.
After retiring, he and his wife built a home in McMahan, Texas, where he lived until 2002. He was an active member of the Bethel Primitive Baptist Church while he lived in McMahan. For the past six years he resided at the Golden Age Personal Care Center in Lockhart, Texas.
On Aug. 7, 1937, S.A. married the love of his life, Annie Viola Cecilia Ewald Baker. They were married for 56 years until her death in 1993.
Buddy is also preceded in death by his son, J. Truman Baker; one brother, Weldon “Pete” Baker; three half-brothers; and both of his parents.
Survivors include son, Joe Baker, and his wife, JoAnn, of Round Rock; daughter-in-law, Barbara Eddy and her husband, Al, of Victoria, Texas; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at McCurdy Funeral Home on Thursday, June 19 at 10 a.m. with Elder Bill Huckaby presiding. Interment will follow at the Jeffrey Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled at McCurdy Funeral Home on the evening of Wednesday, June 18, beginning at 6 p.m.
Pallbearers include Paul Baker, Dr. Frank Heyde, Greg Dugi, Howard Aiken, John M. Baker and Sammy Neal.
Arrangements under the care and direction of McCurdy Funeral Home, Lockhart, Texas.