Larry Gordon Baker, age 72 of Overland Park, KS, formerly of Elm City, NC, passed away with his family by his side on Friday, August 20, 2021. Larry was born on October 25, 1948 to Leslie Fleming Baker and Roberta Garner Baker in Elm City, North Carolina. He graduated from Elm City High School in 1966.
He entered the United States Navy in 1968 and served in a combat zone in the Vietnam War. He traveled the world as a Radioman on the USS Josephus Daniels (DLG-27). He was honorably discharged in 1972. He graduated Cum Laude with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from East Carolina University in 1976.
On April 21, 1984, he was united in marriage to Johnnie (Barnes) Baker in Wilson, North Carolina. The couple made their home in Wilson, where they had their first child (Laura) until moving to Tarboro in 1987, where they had two more children (Jonathan and Jason). In 1992 the family moved to Wake Forest, North Carolina before settling in Overland Park, Kansas in 1997.
Larry started his accounting profession at Carolina Telephone, which Sprint Corporation acquired, where he spent the first 25 years of his career. He retired from full-time employment in 2016.
Larry took great pride in his North Carolina heritage and was an avid ECU Pirates fan. Go, Pirates! He loved Carolina BBQ and sweet tea. He enjoyed spending his time golfing, fishing, boating, hunting, and watching sports. He liked Carolina beach music streaming in the golf cart and grits for breakfast. He enjoyed playing the guitar but most of all being called “Papa” by his grandchildren. He loved spending time with his family and loved telling stories about the good ole days. He left quite an impression on everyone he met.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Johnnie Baker of Overland Park, KS, children Laura (Jason) Bontje of Overland Park, KS, Jonathan (Marisa) Baker of Olathe, KS, and Jason (Kara) Baker of Arcadia, OK, six grandchildren (Savannah, Harrison, Brayden, Hudson, Summer, Reagan), brother Kenny (Janie) Baker of Elm City, NC, and brother Tim Baker of Elm City, NC.
There will be a memorial service at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 11100 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210, on August 24, 2021 at 10:00 am.
A memorial service will be at 11:30 am, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Wilson, NC with fellowship time afterward at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Elm City, NC.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Pleasant Hope Missionary Baptist Church, and Navy League of the United States of Greater Kansas City Council.
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
11100 College Boulevard
Overland Park, KS 66210
Pleasant Hope Missionary Baptist Church
5018 Rosebud Church Road
Elm City, NC 27822
Navy League of the United States of Greater Kansas City Council
PO Box 411361
Kansas City, MO 64141