Porter Lawayne Baker

Porter Lawayne Baker, 70, of McGehee, passed away March 3, 2022.

He was born February 24, 1952 in Dermott, to the late Raymond and Annie Porter Baker.

Lawayne grew up in Tillar. He went to schools at Tillar and graduated from Desha Central High School where he played basketball, football, and met the love of his life, Donna.

Lawayne worked at a couple of service stations; Westinghouse in Little Rock; and farmed about 50 years on the family farm. He was also responsible for lawn care at several cemeteries and individual houses. He served three terms on the board of the Desha County Conservation League. He was a faithful member of the McGehee Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon and filled in as a song leader.

Lawayne was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved people and good jokes; enjoyed entertaining people, singing, camping, playing cards, and watching “black and gray” westerns on TV (Gunsmoke). He played many games of independent basketball and softball. He loved drag racing with Mike as his copilot.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his loving wife of 49 years, Donna Gilbert Baker of McGehee; son, Brad (Stacy) Baker of McGehee; grandson, Gunnar Baker of McGehee; and brother, Byron “Butch” (Fay) Baker of Tillar.

Visitation will be held Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 1 p.m. at McGehee Church of Christ in McGehee. A funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at the church with Rickey Eppes officiating. Burial will be held at Tillar Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Baker, Justin Baker, Scott Allan Baker, Lloyd Baker, Justin Roberts and David Roberts.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McGehee Church of Christ, P.O. Box 93, McGehee, AR 71654.