Webster “Web” Baker, Sr., went home to heaven peacefully on January 5, 2020. He was born on October 4, 1924, to Lawrence I. and Cora Belle (Renfroe) Baker in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
He was a devout Christian. Webster joined the U.S. Navy in January, 1942, and fought honorably throughout World War II. He married Reta Neil on October 3, 1946. Webster graduated from Lee College in Cleveland, Tennessee. In 1954, they moved to Lakeland, Florida, where he obtained his Bachelor and Masters degrees from Florida Southern College and USF. He taught for 31 years in Polk County schools.
Webster leaves behind his wife of 73 years Reta, sons Webster B. Baker, Jr. (Judy), Webster Everett Baker (Judy), daughters Bernice Avis Bertolli (Silvio), and Brenda Sue Jones, 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, sister Alma Lee Eischen, and her son, William Scarborough.
Visitation will be from 10-11 am, Saturday January 11, 2020 at Lakeland Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 2125 S. Bartow Highway, Lakeland, FL, with the service following.
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