Van Alstyne Leader
April 7, 1938
Large Crowd Attends Funeral of P.M.Baker, Here Sunday
On Saturday morning April 2, 1938, one of Van Alstyne's most loved
citizens was called to his final reward. Following a few weeks’ illness,
P.M.Baker, better known as "Doc" Baker, age 69, died at the family home
in College addition of pneumonia.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at the
First Baptist church with the Rev. Frank Johnston, pastor, conducting.
Burial was held in the Van Alstyne Cemetery, directed by Fox-Fanning Funeral
Mr. Baker was born Feb. 16, 1869, at Mantua. He joined the Baptist
church in 1912; the Woodmen of the World lodge in 1904. He was twice married,
first to Miss Elizabeth Burrows, who died. Children surviving from that
marriage are Mrs. Fred Dixon of Sherman, Marley Baer of Borger, J.B. Baker
of Cortez, Colo., and Mrs. A.B. Sheppard of Dallas.
He was later married to Mrs. Ola Taylor, who survives him. Children
surviving from this marriage are Mrs. A.W. Goodnight of Dallas and Joe
Baker of Nederland.
Stepchildren surviving are Mrs. Jewell Odell of Lubbock, Holly Taylor
of Kilgore and Mrs. I.B. Griffith of Nederland. There are a number of grandchildren.
The active pallbearers were: Harley James, John Dailey, Travis Enoch,
Alvin Ayres, D.O. Hall, Lon Gleaves, R.H. Bowen and L.C. Clayton.
Among those attending from out-of-town were: Dallas - Miss Margaret
Rose Baker, Miss Ruth Baker, Miss Sallie Baker, C.L. Baker, Mr. and Mrs.
Wayne K. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Goodnight, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Scott,
Mrs. Josie Griffith, Mr. and Mrs. D.T. Griffith.
Sherman - Mr. and Mrs. John Sneed, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Pierce, Mr.
and Mrs. Will Pierce, Mr. and Mrs. Ewell Wainwright, Mrs. Otis Selby, Mrs.
Stella Love, Mr. and Mrs. Leon McNeeley, Mrs. Pearl McClure, Mr. Pittman,
Eddie Vandergriff, Mrs. Nettie Lindsey, Mr. Aubrey Monroe and sister, Pebble,
Miss Phillis Cook.
McKinney - Miss Irene Marley, Dr. and Mrs. W.T. Hoard, Mr. and Mrs.
Joe Largent, Mrs. J.H. Elliott, Mrs. L.P. Carr, Mrs. Frank Emerson, Miss
Pauline Hughes, Miss Mary McDonald, Mrs. Mae C. Finley, Winifred Moore
Williams, Mrs. J.W. Nelson.
Wichita Falls - Mrs. Jack Baker, Miss Bernice Flesher, Miss Irene
Flesher, Mrs. Ashley Baker and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Baker.
Celina - Mr. and Mrs. Jack Roberts, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Phillips
and Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Douglas.
Gunter - Mr. and Mrs. Doc. Millen, Mrs. Tuck Taylor, Mr. and Mrs.
Bill Taylor, and Miss Amanda Taylor.
Other Towns - Mr. and Mrs. I.P. Dixon, Melissa; Mr. and Ms. E.
Powell, Howe; Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Baker, Purcell, Okla.; Mr. and Mrs. C.L.
Baker, and daughter, LaVerne, Purcell, Okla.; Needam Sanstrom and son,
Erwin, Colbert Okla.; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Robinson, Weston; Mr. and Mrs. Geo.
Robinson, Teague; and Mrs. Burnett Hill, Denison; Mr. Blackburn, Howe;
Mrs. Lawrence Miller, Melissa.