Arden, NC ~ William Douglas Baker, 69, Arden, NC stepped into the presence of our Lord Jesus on Father's Day, June 18, 2017. Doug's heart, kindness, respect, talent, and love for his family and God are noted and honored by all.
Doug is survived by his wife Rebecca Lequire Baker, his son, William Luke Baker (Danielle Morales), daughter Amanda Horton (Josh Horton), and daughter Heather Robison (Reed Robison), and six grandchildren: William, Jackson & Camden Horton, and Gabby, Ben, & Max Robison.
Douglas was born in Burlington, NC to the late Newell E. Baker and Edith Rives Baker. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Janet Sojka and Edith Rudder and two brothers, Chester Baker and Newell Baker. He is also survived by two brothers, Benjamin Baker and Mack Baker and his wife, Eleanor; a brother-in-law, John Rudder and a sister-in-law Frances Baker
Doug served the State of North Carolina for 38 years in the field of addiction and the advancement of addiction treatment. Mr. Baker earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees at Eastern Carolina University in psychology/sociality, clinical psychology, and child development & family relations. He retired as Facility Director of JFK Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment center, Black Mountain, NC.
A huge part of Doug's life was his love of old-time music and clog dancing. In particular, his contributions as a member of the world famous Green Grass Cloggers dance team. He was the only GGC to have danced with all of the different incarnations of the team--the early Greenville, NC days (he joined the 46 year-old team in 1972), the Road Team (which he was instrumental in initiating in the late 1970s), the Greenville Home Team, and the Asheville "Road Team" (moving to Flat Rock in 1980). Known jokingly for a time as Captain Clog, he was in recent years an invaluable "wrangler" of the various team members, particularly at combined Greenville-Asheville performances and GGC reunions for which he drafted stage entrances and lineups and counted down to stage time to keep the meandering masses as together as possible. His freestyle routine never failed to incite cheers from audiences when he would start swinging his legs out in a variation of the Smoky Mountain step. He was also the creator of the Possum Hop step, so named by another clogger because Doug grinned like a possum. Doug embodied so much of what makes the Green Grass Cloggers the infectious, vibrant curators and creators within traditional Southern Appalachian dance, and he will be missed immeasurably.
The joy he imparted to others, in all he did, was his signature trait.
A celebration of Doug's life will be held at 6:30 pm, Friday, June 23, 2017 at the Church of the Resurrection, 116 Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville, NC with Father William McLoughlin officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Baker family, 10 Chipping Green Drive, Arden, NC 28704.