William Grady Baker, 93, of Bartahatchie Community passed away on July 13, 2023 in Columbus, MS. He will be greatly missed, but we know he is in a far better place. Grady was born in Greenwood Springs, MS on May 12, 1930, the only son of Oliver and Myrtle West Baker. He graduated from Greenwood Springs School. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War as a radio mechanic. Grady and Johnnie moved to Miami Springs after he was honorably discharged from the Air Force. In Miami, he worked as a radio mechanic for Pan American World Airways and Eastern Airlines for over 30 years.
Grady and Johnnie returned “home” after retirement and built their home in Bartahatchie. There they were very active in the Bartahatchie community and at their church, Bartahatchie Baptist. Grady enjoyed helping others in whatever way he could.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 24, 2023 at Cleveland-Moffett Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Philip Lindsey officiating. Burial will follow at the Sartor Cemetery in Greenwood Springs, MS.
He is survived by his wife Johnnie of 73 years; sons Keith Baker of Bartahatchie and Alan Baker (Laura) of West Palm Beach, FL; daughter-in-law Kathryn Baker of Ft. Myers, FL; grandsons James and Robert Baker (Jennifer), granddaughters Emily (Steven) and Alyson; and two great-granddaughters, Hannah and Aubrey Baker; and many nieces and nephews and other extended family.
He was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Hazel Evans, Julia McCarley, Vivian Smith, and Lois Gurley.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Alan Gurley, Edwin Chance, James Baker, and Robert Baker.
Visitation will be held at 10 AM on Monday, July 24, 2023 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Bartahatchie Baptist Church.
Condolences may be shared with the family at clevelandmoffettfuneralhome.com.