Linwood S. Baker

Published 5:13 pm Wednesday, October 26, 2022

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FRANKLIN – Linwood Stephenson “Lin” Baker, age 89, passed away peacefully Oct. 25, 2022 at home surrounded by loved ones. He was born April 20, 1933 in Merry Hill, North Carolina to Raymond and Ruby Baker. Lin was predeceased by his father, Raymond Baker; mother, Ruby Gaskill; son, Michael Baker and brother, Wayne Baker. He attended high school in Aulander, North Carolina.

Linwood S. Baker

Lin joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 during the Korean War. He was part of the maintenance division within VP-28 Patrol Squadron and was stationed in Hawaii and Okinawa, Japan. They flew combat missions toward Shangri River in China and patrolled as far south as the area between China and Taiwan. As an air crewman his combat station was the aft upper gun turrent and Lin flew 32 combat missions in total for which he received the Air Medal. Lin retired from the Navy after 20 years of service as senior chief.

After his retirement Lin worked at Naval Air Depot for 20 years. Lin had his private pilot’s license and he had owned several airplanes.

Lin was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 151 in Franklin, Portsmouth Shriners, American Legion and Sgt. Jayton D. Patterson VFW No. 4411.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 31 years, Priscilla Baker; one daughter, Pam King (Curtis); one son, Floyd Keith Revelle (Valerie); a sister, Betty Jean Burns (Ron); a sister-in-law, Dodie Baker; four grandchildren, Jared King, Amanda King, Taylor Revelle (Melinda) and Megan Revelle (Tim) and two great-grandsons, Russ Stoutt and Kade Revelle.

A funeral service with full military honors and VFW honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1 in Wright Funeral Home. Burial will be held at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery at a later date. Following the service, a reception will be held at the Sgt. Jayton D. Patterson VFW Post No. 4411, 3385 Beaver Dam Road in Franklin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the VFW Post No. 4411.