Henry L. Baker, 88, of Asheville, died Monday, June 15, 2009, after a brief period of declining health. A native of Asheville, he was the son of the late Freeman Ruggles and Maude Gudger Baker. He was preceded in death by his sweetheart and much beloved wife of 60 years, June S. Baker, as well as, two sisters, Alice B. Bagnal and Maude B. Carlton. Henry graduated from Lee Edwards Highs School and the Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He proudly served in World War II. As a commissioned Officer with the Alamo Scouts during assigned missions in the Pacific, and was awarded both the Silver and Bronze Stars. He retired from Prudential Insurance after 45 years of service. His many contributions to the Asheville Community included past president of the Rotary Club, Board of Directors of the Country Club of Asheville, Board of Directors of the Asheville Waste Water Treatment Facility, member of the Rhododendron Brigade of Guards and the financial committee of Central United Methodist Church. An avid golfer and North Carolina Tar Heels fan, he also played semi-pro basketball. Henry is survived by daughter, Susan L. Baker of Greenville, S.C.; two sons, Henry L. Baker Jr. and life partner, Jerry Arko, of New York, N.Y. and Richard R. Baker of Asheville; brothers, Ruggles Baker of WinstonSalem, and James Baker of Asheville; sister, Myrtle Wilkinson of Raleigh; and several nieces and nephews. A service of remembrance will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, June 18, 2009, at Central United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church or to a charity of one’s choice. His family wishes to thank the staff of the Laurels of Greentree Ridge and St. Joseph Hospital for their care. Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent through the website at www.morrisfamilyfuneralho me.com Tags: 1943

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