David Baker

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 10, 2010

David W. Baker
FRANKLIN—David William Baker, 62, died March 9, 2010 at his residence. He was born in Williamsburg, and was predeceased by his father, William Parker Baker and two sisters, Joan McCartney and Linda Moore.
David was the owner of Johnson’s Auto Parts of Franklin since 1973 where he considered his employees his extended “NAPA Family” and he was affectionately known to his customers as “Mr. Johnson.” He was a member of the Sedley Hunt Club, NRA, numerous hunting and fishing organizations and an all-around avid Outdoorsman.
David enjoyed working the land and relaxing on his farm in Sussex and “Sunset Camping” on the Eastern Shore. Local fisherman on the Chesapeake Bay knew him by his CB radio handle as “Parts Man.” He loved spending time with his many family, friends, and grandchildren where he was always the chef, especially skilled at cooking seafood. David was a member of the Olive Branch Church in Toano, Va.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 42 years, Marjorie “Marge” Baker; his mother, Helen Garrett Baker of Williamsburg; two daughters, Leisa B. Billups (Doug) of Zuni and Virginia “Genny” B. Watson (Steve) of Courtland; one son, William R. “Bill” Baker (Sandra) of Chesapeake; seven grandchildren, Lindsay, Scott, & Audrey Baker; Samantha & Jenna Billups; Dustin & Lainey Watson; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Wright Funeral Home in Franklin where a memorial service will be conducted at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Edward Johnson and the Rev. Dr. Reginald Warren officiating. www.wrightfuneralhome.org.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in David’s memory to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.