Let the memory of Buddy be with us forever.
  • 81 years old
  • Born on December 23, 1937 .
  • Passed away on March 18, 2019 .
Allan (Buddy) Price Baker, Jr., 81, a lifetime resident of Granville County, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019, at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham, N.C.  He was born December 23, 1937, in Granville County to the late Allan Price Baker, Sr. and Mattie Bentley Baker.
Buddy was a lifelong member of Oxford United Methodist Church, where he sang in the church choir and often witnessed for Christ through solos.  He was active in the United Methodist Men, Sunday School, and was instrumental in the acquisition of the church’s pipe organ.  He sang with several gospel quartets, and was a founding member of The Vesper Singers.  Buddy was always willing to share his musical talent and often sang at weddings and funerals.
After thirty years of service as a Contract Property Administrator, Buddy retired from the Environmental Protection Agency. He then worked at Arcadis in the Research Triangle Park for another ten years. 
Buddy enjoyed playing bridge, camping, and especially being active with the Granville Little Theatre.  He was a cast member in numerous plays.  He is probably best remembered for his roles in “Smoke on the Mountain” and as Booley in “Driving Miss Daisy”.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Friday, March 22, 2019 at Oxford United Methodist Church by Pastor Jenny Wilson.  Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday evening March 21, 2019, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford and at other times at the home.
He is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Christine H. Baker of the home; three children, Dr. Annette Baker of Durham; Allan Price Baker, III and wife Lisa of Wake Forest; Stephanie Mallery and fiancé William Dixon of Stem; four grandchildren, Jane Elizabeth Morgan, Payton Elizabeth Baker, Allan Price Baker, IV, and Christina Lee Mallery; a sister, Lindy Lou Currin of Clearwater, Florida.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Sarah Baker Elliott.
Flowers are kindly accepted or memorials may be made to Oxford United Methodist Church Choir Fund, 105 W. McClanahan St., Oxford, NC  27565.
Posted by Warren Hicks on March 22, 2019
Dear Christine and family, 
   I would like to express my deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of one heck of a man in Buddy.
   I feel a light bulb has been extinguished within OUMC and the Oxford Community! Due to illness of my own, I regretted not being able to come to his funeral! I had been following Buddy’s illness through Church! I know Buddy loves God and is dancing in Jesus arms!
   Buddy and I were friends for a long time! I know he must have loved me because he let Christine ride a long with me on police patrol as part of her leadership Granville class. LOL. My fondest memories of Buddy will always be us singing to God beside each other in the OUMC Choir!
   I do send my sympathy to all of you on your loss! Christine, Annette. A.P and Stephanie; know I love you all and I am praying for you!!! May God be with you!!
Posted by Tonya Burnette on March 22, 2019
Mr. Baker was a family friend and a former Chief Judge at West Oxford Elementary Precinct for the Granville County Board of Elections. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and I am so sorry for the loss. He will truly be missed.
Posted by Russ Allen on March 22, 2019
When I arrived at OUMC, I met many members. Buddy was one member that always made me feel welcome. I joined the choir and sat next to Buddy on occasion. We had to separate due to our talking during practice. He was one of many people that made me feel welcome in Oxford and I can never begin to thank him for his kindness. To the Baker family I know life has forever changed. The great man could make you smile in an instant or grow serious in a look. I will miss him but look forward to reuniting in God’s choir one day. My prayers are with you the family and I know life will be different. Always remember the good things Buddy did for all of us. If I can do anything for you don’t hesitate to ask.
Posted by John Nance on March 21, 2019
To Christine and Family,
Our family members have fond memories of Buddy - a Duke football game in the early 1960's and then a special visit when the D-Day Memorial was dedicated and many other times when you visited Mt. Olivet. Buddy was always a friend and we believe that the Lord will keep each of you in the palm of His hand in the days ahead.
John Granville Nance for the Ray Nance family of Bedford, VA
Posted by Karen Honeycutt on March 21, 2019
I have fond memories of singing with Buddy in the OUMC Chancel Choir. He was always sharing a laugh, and had such a beautiful voice. My thoughts and prayers are with his sweet wife, Christine, and family.
Posted by Jaynee Wood on March 21, 2019
I am related to Buddy by way of my marriage to Sam Wood--his 1st cousin. Sam and Buddy grew up together in Oxford; and, although my husband had the last name of "Wood", he was a "Baker" through and through. Buddy and my husband, Sam, were so much alike...full of life, talented, loyal, and someone of whom you would always want in your corner! I still remember Christine and Buddy's visit to our home at the coast which was a memory I will always cherish and hold in high esteem. We'll catch up with you in heaven dear Buddy!
Posted by Cameron Currin on March 21, 2019
i have fond memories of Buddy and Annette when we did the play Something's Afoot with the Granville Little Theater back in 1978. I always enjoyed hearing him sing with the Vespers Quartet. May you at this time have the peace of God in your hearts and in your lives. The peace that passeth all understanding. I saw him last fall eating at The Family Diner. It was good to see him after all those years.
Rev. Cameron Currin
Posted by Lauren Humber on March 21, 2019
I did not have the pleasure of knowing Mr. Baker for very long, but I helped care for him at Duke in his final days and grew to love him like a family member. Such a sweet man along with his beautiful wife. I’m so very sorry to hear of his passing and send my prayers and love to the wonderful Baker family that he loved so very much.
Posted by Brent Hall on March 21, 2019
I remember Allan as Buddy Baker as I grew up around him and with his children. I also worked with Allan for those 10 years at ARCADIS. I always remember him as being honest and direct, something I appreciated. Good man and may God bless his family during this trying time

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