Charles Fishburne Baker
Charles Fishburne Baker, of Lewisburg, Tennessee, passed away peacefully Friday morning, September 23, 2016 in Pulaski, Tennessee at the age of 90.
"Chaddy", as his friends called him, was born in Walland, Tennessee to Wesley Carroll Baker and Thelma Hughes Asher Baker Gillespie. Chaddy, one of six children, was raised in Knoxville and before graduating from Knoxville High, he volunteered to join the armed forces as a Marine. After he finished his basic training, he left for California, but before he received his assignment as a Marine, World War II had ended. He then returned to finish his education and graduated from Knoxville High School in 1945. After high school he attended the University of Tennessee, graduating in 1949 as a Letterman of the Tennessee Volunteers Football Team. He was a member of the Vols squad 4 consecutive years playing left guard under the direction of head football Coach General Robert Neyland. Chaddy continued to follow, support, and attend the Volunteers' games throughout his life with his last visit to Neyland stadium just five years ago. Chaddy not only played football but loved the sport of boxing and he boxed Golden Gloves, an annual competition for amateur boxing in the United States, until his mid twenties.
After college, Chaddy owned and operated his own dry cleaning business in Knoxville known as no other than 'Chaddy Baker Volunteer Cleaners'. He later pursued a career in the corrugated board/paper industry in which he remained employed throughout his life until retirement. He became the General Manager of Mead Containers of Nashville, Tennessee. Later he moved to Lewisburg, Tennessee where he built and successfully managed a new plant for Mead Containers until his company required retirement in 1992.
With retirement not an option, Chaddy continued to work in the corrugated industry selling and consulting with several major paper companies such as Georgia-Pacific. He finally retired in 2009 at the age of 83.
Chaddy loved people, dogs, sports and music. He loved to play golf and tennis and was a long time member ofHillwood Country Club in Nashville, Tennessee. After retiring, Chaddy and two great friends, Maclin and Joan Davis ofNashville formed a trio in which Chaddy was the vocals. They played together for years at local night clubs, nursing homes and parties. He was a member of the Rotary Club in Lewisburg, a strong supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and was a recipient of the Long Rifle Award. Chaddy was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lewisburg, Tennessee.
He is survived by his wife Mary R. Baker of Lewisburg; daughters Mrs. (David) Brooks Eggers of Knoxville, Mrs. (Mark) Sara Fairbanks of Lewisburg, and Mrs. (Robert) Elizabeth Massey of Pulaski; sons Mr. Charles "Chuck" Baker of Leipers Fork, and Dr. David (Julie) Dickerson ofNashville; sisters Mrs. (Lynn) Carol Francisco of Kingsport, Linda Gillespie of Knoxville; sister-in-law JoAnn Circosta of Cumberland, MD; grandchildren Allison Salmon, Cale Shelton, Matthew Dickerson, Katie Dickerson, and Zach Dickerson; one great-grandchild Sam Pulsipher along with several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held October 1, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in
Lewisburg, Tennessee. Visitation will be 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. with a celebration of life following at 1 p.m. We encourage you to share your favorite story of Chaddy with us at the service.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to:
Center for Living and Learning, In memory of Chaddy Baker
P.O. Box 50272
Nashville, TN. 37205.
Or FUMC, 325 W Church St, Lewisburg, TN 37091