Silently, on the morning of March 12, 1984 the angel of death came into the home of Sister Birdie Baker and with chilly fingers sealed the lips of our loved one.
Sister Birdie Baker was born April 27, 1909 to Mr. and Mrs. William Burrell in Calvert, TX. The family moved to Spur, TX in 1923. She accepted Christ in her life and united with Lakeside Baptist Church.
On October 2, 1932 she married George Duett Epps, who preceded her in death. She united with Galilee Baptist Church and remained a faithful member until her death. At Galilee, she served as Mission I President, communion chairperson and was an active member of the choir.
She left to cherish her memory a son, William Lee of Spur, TX; a daughter, Georgia Lee Richardson of Lubbock, TX; a stepdaughter, Gwendolyn Andews of Oklahoma City, OK; a son-in-law, Fancy Richardson of Lubbock, TX; four sisters, Ophelia Middleton of Spur, TX; Olivia Hodge of Midland, TX; Bernice Hall of Tatum, NM, Nellie J. Parks of Albuquerque, NM; two brothers, Johnny R. Lee and David Lee of Spur, TX; four grandchildren, LaCarl, Dale and LaFrancis of Lubbock, TX; and Bernard of Dallas, TX; a stepfather, Johnny Lee of Spur, TX; several great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
Memorial services were held Thursday March 15, 1984 at the First Baptist Church at two o´clock p.m. in Crosbyton with Rev. E. Gentry, pastor of Galilee Baptist Church officiating. Pallbearers were Micheal Sweet, Mose Lawson, Leonard Walker, Gerald Lewis, Edward Coppage and Jimmy Walker. Honorary pallbearers were Willie James Burrell, Elvin Burrell, Cecil Burrell, Charles Burrell, William James Burrell and Don Burrell. Flower bearers were the Galilee Missionary Society. Assisting with the service were Rev. Ford, Rev. O.W. Gentry, Sister B. McKinney and Sister A. Crowder.
"A History of Black Families - Crosby County, Texas 1921-2001" by Crosby County Historical Commission
Source: Adams Funeral Home
Transcribed by Bettye Odom
- J. C. Baker
Memorial services for J.C. Baker were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in Galilee Baptist Church. Officiating were the Rev. Joe Horn, pastor, and the Rev. Frank Williams.
Interment was made in Crosbyton Cemetery. Adams Funeral Home directed arrangements.
The 51 year old Baker was found dead about 3:30 p.m. last Wednesday by his employer, Kit Parkhill, on the Loyd Parkhill farm, approximately seven miles northwest of town. He had been working alone on equipment when apparently he became ill.
Kit Parkhill talked with Baker about 1:30 and he did not mention being ill at that time.
Justice of the Peace Clyde Davis was called to the scene and ruled death due to natural causes.
Born Sept. 3, 1927 at Stamford, Mr. Baker moved with his family to Crosbyton in 1941. He had made his home here since that time.
He and the former Birdie Burrell Epps were married Feb. 2, 1968 in Dickens.
Mr. Baker had been employed by Kit Parkhill for seven years.
Survivors include his wife, Birdie; a stepson, William Lee of Lubbock; a stepdaughter, Georgia Richardson of Lubbock; five sisters, Elvina Walker and Marie Norris, both of Enid, Okla., Rosie Lee Hicks of Chickasha, Okla., Clara Bell Johnson of Rusk and Ethel Wyatt of Midland, and four step grandchildren.
©Crosbyton Review, October 26, 1978Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes
- Birdie Baker
CROSBYTON (Special) - Services for Birdie Epps Baker, 74, of Crosbyton, are pending with Adams Funeral Home of Crosbyton.
Mrs. Baker died at noon Monday in her daughter´s home in Lubbock after a lengthy illness. Justice of the Peace L.J. Black ruled the death was of natural causes.
She was born in Calvert and moved to Spur in 1923. She moved to Crosbyton in 1968.
Survivors include a son, William Lee of Spur; a daughter, Georgia Richardson of Lubbock; a stepdaughter, Gwendolyn Robinson of Oklahoma City, Okla.; a stepfather, Johnnie Lee of Spur; two brothers Johnnie R. Lee and Avid Lee, both of Spur; four sisters, Ophelia Middleton of Spur, Olivia Hodge of Midland, Bernice Hall of Tatum, NM and Nellie Jane Parks of Albuquerque, NM; four grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.
Lubbock Avalanche Journal, March 13, 1984Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes
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