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William "Bill" Baker, LTC, U.S. Army (Ret.), peacefully transitioned into eternal rest. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Dr. Bettye Foster Baker; children, William Rhett Baker and Janet Lucylle Baker, Esq.; grandchildren, Julianne Frances Walker, Andrew Bryant Walker and Wesley Baker Walker; sisters, Catherine Baker Scarver, Ethel Baker Jones, Priscilla Baker Neal and Dr. Helga Baskett-Tippett; brother, Samuel Baker; aunt, Mittie Carr and sister-in-law, Otelia Baker. Also surviving are special cousins, James Taylor, Mamie T. and James Austin, Earl Lee, Dorothy Watson, Barbara Noel, Gladys Harris, Dr. Walter Smith, Judge Greg and Linda Mathis, Dr. Eugene and Donna Hardin and a host of other relatives, colleagues and friends.
LTC Baker's crowning life's achievement was the reinvestigation of the Brownsville Texas Incident of 1906 for which he received the coveted Pace Award from the Secretary of the Army and the Legion of Merit in 1973.