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George William Baker

MATTHEWS, N.C. -- Mr. Baker "Uncle George, 61, of 6132 Potters Road, Matthews, passed away Dec. 1, 2007 at Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews.

George served in the Vietnam War and was a member of the 101st Airborne where he earned 19 honorary degrees from law, psychology, medical, etc.

Mr. Baker was born November 12, 1946 in Monroe, son of Berties Maker McLemore, the late Neil Maker and Stepfather "George "Buddy" McLemore. He was also preceded in death by best friend and brother-in-law, Richard Deaton; and by his step-nephew, Charles (Bug) McGraw of Rock Hill, S.C.

Mr. Baker owned Baker flooring and carpet for more than 25 years. He also worked for Champion Map Corp. George was a very honest man with a heart filled with love and loyalty not only for his family but also for everyone he met and was loved by all that knew him. He loved to fish, landscape his yard and be surrounded by all his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his mother, Berties McLemore; son, Josh K. Baker and wife Ethel; and former wife, Marylou Bolton all of Elton, N.C.; sister, Dale Deaton McGraw of Matthews, who took care of him throughout the seven months of his illness; brother-in-law, Frankie McGraw of Catawba, S.C.; brothers, David L. Baker and wife Kwi of Waxhaw, and Mickey A. Baker and wife Diane of Los Angeles, Ca. He is also survived by three nieces that he was a father figure to after the death of their father; Kathy D. Deaton; special friend Billy Harris; and Robin R. Deaton all of Indian Trail; Rhonda Deaton Thomas and husband Tommy of Monroe; Mincha Baker of Kansas City, Mo.; Mark and Jeff Baker of Orangeburg, S.C.; step-nieces and nephews, Bobby McGraw, Tammy McGraw, Charles (Shorty) Mothershed; grand-nieces and nephews, Leslie Deaton (Tony) of Indian Trail, Erika Laney and Nikki Thomas of Monroe, Kimmy Birmingham, Quinton Farmer, Cameron and Cloey Burleyson of Indian Trail. He will be greatly missed by very good friends Doug (Chink) Deaton and wife Darlene of Charlotte; Ralph Ennis and wife Helen of Indian Trail; Donald Deaton and Vikki of Mint Hill. A special thanks from the family to Tommy Thomas for being an extra special friend.

His family will receive friends on Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home.