James Thomas Baker (Tom)

Published 3:31 pm Thursday, January 11, 2024

James Thomas Baker (Tom), age 90, of Suwanee, Ga., passed away Mon., Jan. 1.

Tom was born in Vicksburg to parents, Mary Susan Herbert and Russell Curtis Baker.

Tom loved life; he loved people; and he loved his family. Tom was an avid fisherman throughout his life and loved the outdoors.

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He also enjoyed camping, canoeing, and hiking. Tom grew up in Vicksburg. He graduated from St. Aloysius High School in 1952.

He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Hilo, Hawaii from 1954 to 1957.

He then attended Mississippi State University before transferring to the University of Maryland, where he graduated with a degree in transportation management.

After graduating from college, Tom moved to Memphis, where he worked briefly for the Frito Lay Company before going to work for Sears Roebuck and Co. as a manager in the freight division. He then transitioned to being a buyer for the Sears network of stores.

Tom later relocated to the Atlanta area, where he continued to work for Sears.

After retirement, Tom enjoyed working at the Newton County Library while still spending time with his local family members.

He also felt a deep desire to stay connected with his family and, friends that had spread all over the country.

Tom is survived by his two younger brothers, Jack and David; four children, Russell, Mark, Crissy, and Matt; eight grandchildren, Daniel, Joel, Joshua, Jessica, Alyssa, Andrew, Emily, and Erica; and two great-grandchildren, Henry and Oliver.

A funeral mass will be held at the Catholic Church of St. Monica in Duluth, Ga. Mon., Jan. 15, at 11, followed by a private reception at the home of Mark and Kimberly Baker.

Memorial contributions may be made to AccentCare Hospice and Palliative Care in Cumming, Ga. in Tom’s honor.