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Edwin “Ed” Baker, 66 Of Keysville Dies Tues., June 9

KEYSVILLE, June 11 – Edwin Boyd “Ed” Baker, 66, of Keysville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 9, 2009. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard L. Baker of Randolph.

He is survived by his mother, Cornelia D. Baker of Randolph; his loving wife of 41 years, Gayle Puckett Baker, originally of Brookneal; two sons, David Boyd Baker and wife, Cheryl of Gretna and Daniel Christian Baker of Richmond; a grandson, Alexander Boyd Baker of Gretna; two brothers, Richard D. Baker and wife, Nancy of Randolph, and Glenn K. Baker and wife, Shirley of Pasadena, MD; and a large and loving extended family.

Mr. Baker was born in Patterson, N.J. on June 20, 1942 and moved to Charlotte County at the age of eight. He was a graduate of the class of 1960 of Randolph-Henry High School. He graduated in 1964 from Hampden-Sydney College. He taught school in Mecklenburg County from 1964 to 1965. In 1968, he earned his law degree from T.C. Williams School of Law in Richmond.

He served his country as a sergeant and legal clerk in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970 in South Korea during the Vietnam War. Upon returning from the war, Ed and his wife settled in Keysville where he practiced law until the time of his passing. He was appointed Commonwealth Attorney of Charlotte County in 1978 and was elected to successive terms until the time of his retirement from the position in 1999.

Ed also loved acting, performing on both screen and stage at a multitude of theaters, most recently at the Waterworks Players Theater in Farmville. He also loved to fish, hunt, play golf and above all, practice law and spend time with his family.

Visitation with the family will be held at Browning Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 12.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, at Keysville United Methodist Church.

Flowers are welcome or memorial donations can be made to Keysville United Methodist Church or the Patrick Henry Boys Home.

The Browning Funeral Home, Keysville, is in charge of arrangements.