Alton Thomas Baker, 92, of Chesapeake, Virginia departed this life peacefully on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at his home after a lengthy illness. Alton was born April 21, 1927 to the late Emmaline (Boyd) and Alton Baker in Washington County North Carolina.
Alton went by many names. Known as “Tick” from early childhood, he grew up in Plymouth, North Carolina where he accepted Christ at an early age and joined Spring Green Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ). Upon graduation from Plymouth Colored High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served for over 20 years and fought in WWII.
On October 28, 1965, he married the former Queen Esther Picott, in Norfolk, Virginia. She affectionately called him “Baker” during their 40 years of marriage until her death. To this union one daughter, LaVinnie Baker Bailey, was born. He transferred church membership to Morning Star United Holy Church in Norfolk, Virginia and faithfully supported the church in various capacities for many years.
Alton worked as a burn technician at Norfolk General Hospital and was known far and wide as “Mr. B.” He retired after 23 years of dedicated service. Upon his retirement, he was given a banquet and the hydrotherapy room was named in his honor.
Alton was an excellent cook and prepared elaborate meals for church functions, weddings, family and friends, and for the community. For years, he raised hogs in his spare time.
Alton was a loving husband, father, brother, and friend. He leaves to cherish his fond memories: his daughter, LaVinnie Bailey and husband, Keith, of Chesapeake, grandchildren, Tiara and Shaquan Bailey, two great-grand children, a brother, Maurice Baker of Greensboro, NC, a sister Merion Baker Anderson of Plymouth, NC, along with a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Special thanks to his caregivers: Ernestine Bullock, Lionel Edwards, and Katrina Hurdle as well as the staff of Sentara PACE Churchland, Visiting Physicians, and Grace Hospice for their excellent, professional and sensitive attention and care.