Vernon G. Baker, Jr.

November 26, 2009


AHOSKIE – Vernon Glenwood Baker, Jr, age 77, died November 26, 2009, at Wake Medical Center, Raleigh, NC.

Mr. Baker was born on June 12, 1932, to the late Vernon Glenwood Baker, Sr. and Margaret Valentine Baker in Bertie County, NC.

He is survived by his wife of over 53 years, Mary Farless Baker; one son, William ‘Woody’ G. Baker and his wife, Beverly P. Baker of Melbourne, Australia; one daughter, Mary Marche Byrd and her husband, Neil Byrd of Clayton, NC; four granddaughters, ‘Carrie’ Caroline Elizabeth Baker, ‘Margo’ Mary Margaret Baker, Maryanna Grace Byrd and Abby Baker Byrd. Also surviving is his sister-in-law, Betty F. Baker of Colerain. He was predeceased by his brother, Al Baker.

Vernon was a graduate of Colerain High School, Campbell Junior College and East Carolina University and a retired educator after 35 years of service. He taught and coached at Maury High School, Norfolk, VA, Colerain High School and Ahoskie High School until 1970. He then served in administration in the Hertford County Schools until retirement. He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Ahoskie where he served as director of Sunday School, a teacher of adults and a deacon. He was a member of Ahoskie Lions Club and served as District Governor of 31J of Lions International, 1978-79. His love for the outdoors inspired him to enjoy golfing, fishing and hunting. After retiring, he enjoyed every minute as a guide for C. Pierce Hunting Preserve of Cofield, NC.

The family will receive friends at any time, at the home. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Ahoskie on Sunday, December 6, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of choice, the Colerain EMS, P.O. Box 397, Colerain, NC, 27924, Colerain Fire Department, P.O. Box 247, Colerain, NC, 27924, or to Clayton Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 45, Clayton, NC, 27520.

Garrett-Jones Funeral Home is serving the Baker family. Family and friends may send condolences and sign the online guestbook by visiting

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Gene Daniels
14 years ago


I just now found Vernon’s obituary. I extend to you my condolences. This comes with fond memories of you during our Riverside School years and of you and Vernon during our Colerain High School years. I am so thankful that I had the pleasure of seeing you and Vernon at Hallet and Ann’s anniversary party a few years ago.

I now wish for the peace of the Lord to be with you and your family.


Elaine Taylor
14 years ago

December 5, 2009

I just received word concerning Vernon this evening. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I’ve been gone since November 24 visiting with Sandy and Cherry Ann. I’ll call when I get back home.

Love and prayers,


Cathy and Tim Marriner
14 years ago

Our prayers and thoughts are with you during these difficult days. We love you and your family. We are sorry we couldn’t be there this week. Please know that we have lifted you up in prayer many times. We will see you soon. All our love….Cathy and Tim

Becky Young
14 years ago

Mary, Woody, and Mary Marche,

We share in your grief. What a happy man Vernon was. What a loss for family, friends, church, and community. Jim and I plan to see you at the memorial service.



Sandy and Jeff Grier
14 years ago

To Mary Marche, Neil and Family, we are So saddened by your loss. Mary Marche you are a strong and amazing person and We hope and pray you and your family will find comfort and peace during this hard time. We are sorry we could not attend the service but we have our own caregiving concerns that limit our ability to get away for any extended time. We are with you in thought, prayer and spirit. See you soon.

Skeeter Bryant
14 years ago

Mrs. Baker,

I was so sorry to hear of coach Baker’s passing. I have good memories of him coaching me at AHS. I enjoyed the last time I saw him and catching up. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Natalie Young Sexton
14 years ago

Dear Baker Family,

I was so saddened to hear of Vernon’s death. He and your family are an ingrained and treasured part of my fondest childhood memories in North Carolina. From good times at the river to being chided about my yankee accent–“What color are your “oies”?–you are special people. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.



Thelbert Brown
14 years ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you for your loss of a wonderful person.

Mr Baker was one of my favorite teachers at Ahoskie High School.

He will always be remembered as one of the finest people I ever met.

Louis A. Cullipher, Jr
14 years ago

I was saddened to hear of Coach Baker‚??s death. I will always remember and be thankful for the positive influence he had on my life. My days on Coach Baker‚??s football team are some of my best high school memories. The great influence Mr. Baker had on many young people is a fitting memory to his life.

My condolences to the family,

Lou Cullipher

Lena Forehand Eldridge
14 years ago


Vernon was the life of the party. His memory will always bring a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Lena