In Memory

Phil Baker

Phil Baker

Obituary for Mr. Phil J Baker

Mr. Phil J. Baker, age 65, of Smyrna, a native of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at his home, under the care and comfort of his family.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. Brother Ron Dewitt, Brother Keith Hodges, and Brother Scott Hord will officiate. Burial will follow at Willow Mount Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors 5:00-8:00 P.M. Friday, May 4, 2018, at the funeral home.

He was born February 9, 1953, in Shelbyville, to the late Alvis Aron and Ruth Donegan Baker. An award-winning journalist, Phil retired from the Arab Tribune. He began his journalism career at the Shelbyville Times Gazette. In his retirement, he sold real estate with United Realty Group Century 21 and was awarded “Rookie of The Year”. Phil was a published author and wrote and performed gospel music. An ordained minister, he held membership at Christ Life Community Church in Smyrna.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Don Baker.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Sandra Haislip Baker, of Smyrna; two daughters, Shelly (Michael) Alfred, of Murfreesboro, and Katie (Matthew) Baker McCormick, of Smyrna; two brothers, Gerald (Betty) Baker, of Shelbyville, and Dr. Timothy (Natalie) Baker, of Hoover, Alabama; and one granddaughter, Nadia Alfred.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Feldhaus Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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05/02/18 05:28 PM #1    

Grant Hitt

This breaks my heart and prayers go out for him and his family. He was truely a good one and will be missed by so, so many.

Good bye ol' buddy


05/02/18 09:38 PM #2    

Sandra Avent

So sorry to hear of Phil's passing. But his video is a testimony to his life and his faith.We were in Homeroom all 4 years @ Central. Rest well!

05/03/18 08:33 AM #3    

Keith Locke

This wonderful small man has left a very huge hole in our lives.  He made a positive impact on anyone he met.  There are no words to describe how blessed we were to have him as a friend.  My heart goes out to his family/!

05/03/18 12:13 PM #4    

Susan Lytle (James)

Phil was such a kind and thoughtful person.  This is so very sad.

05/03/18 02:34 PM #5    

Mike Phillips

He may have been short in stature, but a lot of us truly looked up to him! Our loss is heaven's gain! Phil, you  were a great Christian soldier!

05/03/18 04:57 PM #6    

Debbie Moore (Griffy)

I have known Phil since we were the 2 smallest kids in Mrs. Capley's 2nd grade class at The Tate House. From then until now, he was always the same-just a really good person. Keith is right; we have been absolutely blessed to have him in our lives as a friend, & it is going to be so hard to move on without him.

05/04/18 05:43 AM #7    

Lisa McGill (Miller)

Like Debbie, I have known Phil since attending grammar school in the old Tate house.  We would keep in contact via email.  He was always upbeat and a great example for all of us.  He will be missed.  Prayers to his family.  


05/04/18 08:28 AM #8    

Ronnie (Ron) Scott (Scott)


Phil and I go back to the 8th grade when I moved to Shelbyville. He was short, but he was the best player on Central Elementary’s basketball team and good running back in high school.  We lost lost touch for a long time but then reconnected.  He will be missed by me and all that were fortunate to know him.


05/04/18 11:04 AM #9    

Joyce Cortner (Phillips)

It's impossible to measure the impact of a person's life, but with Phil, you know it was ABUNDANTLY great!  He was always positive, caring, and encouraging; and you knew why. It was because his confidence was in God.  When I heard what he was going through and got in touch with him last Fall, that was his response.  He said he was certain of his eternal home with God and that was a treasure worth more than gold.  Phil's faith inspired us all, and he will be so greatly missed.  Our love, sympathy, and prayers are with Sandra and all of his family.

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