James Edward Baker, 65, of Asheville, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at his residence.
A native of Boone, NC, James was the son of the late George Edward and Virginia Denny Baker.
A retired Sergeant with North Carolina State Highway Patrol with 30 years of service, Mr. Baker is a member of a proud law enforcement family along with his father and sons. He was also a member of the North Carolina Troopers Association and the Snow Lodge #363 A.F. & A.M in Boone. In his free time, he enjoyed golfing and visiting the Outer Banks each summer with his family.
Mr. Baker is survived by his wife, Sheree Kuykendall Baker; sons, Robby Baker and wife Brook, and Bradley Baker and wife Caroline; sister, Vivian Baker Richards; and many other family members and friends.
The funeral service for Mr. Baker will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. Interment with Masonic Rites performed by Biltmore Lodge #446 will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Lodge will open at 11:00 a.m.
His family will receive friends, with the North Carolina Highway Patrol Honor Guard standing guard, for two hours prior to the service beginning at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. Baker’s family asks that memorials be made to the Irene Wortham Center Adult Day Activity, ATTN: Development Office Irene Wortham Center, 916 West Chapel Rd., Asheville, NC 28803.