Alfred Dean Baker of Tillar, 83, of Tillar, passed away on November 15, 2018.
He was born on January 4, 1935 at Havana, Arkansas to Robert Ashley and Jenny Cornelia Baker.
After graduating from Tillar High School in 1955, Mr. Baker married Patricia Jean Bush. They married on March 24, 1956 and lived in Rohwer, for about six months before moving to Tillar. He was a third generation farmer, served as a city alderman at Tillar for many years, and served on the Board of Directors for the McGehee Producers Gin. He served nine years in the U. S. Army National Guard. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Mr. Baker was baptized into Christ for the remission of his sins in 1953, though an imperfect man he strived to live a Christian life. His top priorities were God, Christ, church and family. He was a deacon for a few years in the McGehee Church of Christ, then served as an elder there for approximately forty years until his death. He was a Bible teacher and song leader as well.
He was dearly loved by his family and friends and he will be greatly missed.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert, Leon and Raymond Baker; and sisters, Verdell MacDonald and Verneal Allison.
Survivors are his wife of 62 years, Patricia Jean Baker; a son, Michael Shawn Baker and his wife Carolyn Rochelle Brust Baker of Tillar; daughter, Dawn Rachelle Baker Peacock and her husband Paul Peacock, Jr. of Winchester; grandchildren, Fallon Jade Peacock Jones (Sean) of Bryant, Sandlin Dawn Peacock Rhoads (Brandon) of Monticello, Audra Schell Baker Crawford (Josh) of Searcy, Ryan Taylor Baker of North Little Rock and Michael Andrew Baker of Rogers; great-grandchildren, Alden, Adilyn and Amryn Jones, Bryleigh and Lincoln Crawford; brother, Lyndall Baker of Monticello; sister, Evelyn LaVern Chance of Enola, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held on Monday, November 19, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the McGehee Church of Christ in McGehee. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the church with Randy Allison and Rickey Eppes officiating. Burial will be at the Tillar Cemetery in Tillar.