OBITUARY: Charles Sexton Baker


Charles (Sonny/Papa) Sexton Baker, 97, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, November 4, 2023.

He was born March 9, 1926, in Laurel, MS. He had lived with his loving granddaughter/caregiver, Angela Marie Vaughn Knight and husband, Chris Knight for over 10 years in Chapmansboro, TN.

Charles lived a full life, was loved by many, and respected by all. A WWII Navy Veteran, he enlisted with his best friends in 1944. In 1947, he worked on the Navy’s first successful guided-missile launch from a submarine while stationed in San Diego, CA. He also served on the USS Beaver, a submarine tender ship, and was later Honorably Discharged in 1950.

He was an active member of the Masons and the VFW. He was a general contractor, master carpenter, brick mason, roofer and plumber at different times in life. He enjoyed sailing, hunting, fishing, cooking, and most of all, spending time with his family. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Ellisville, MS.

Charles had a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. For several years, he was able to live in his Ellisville, MS home with the loving support of his great-niece, her husband and son, Krisha & Eric Yelverton & Casey Yelverton.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Annie Lois “Sue” Baker; son, Larry Sexton Baker; granddaughter, Carla Michele Vaughn; mother, Ina Windham Baker; father, Claude Devall Baker; brothers, Louis Baker & Archie Baker; sisters and their husbands, Beatrice Nix (O.L.), Louise Aultman (James), Doris Cooper (Nolan “Cotton” Brown & Moyle Cooper), Lois Gaskin (J. R.), Claudine Tanner (Jim), Barbara Gaskin (Lavon) and Carolyn Rogers (Scott); and son-in-law, Donald Murphy.

Survivors include his daughters, Carla Baker Cotton (Danny), Mary Ann Baker Murphy; grandchildren, Angela Marie Vaughn Knight (Chris), Sean Thomas Cotton, Bryan Murphy (Jessica), Michelle Murphy; great-granddaughter, Molly Knight Lacey (Shawn); great-great grandchildren, Everly Lacey, Tripp Lacey, Giuliana Lacey, Amelia Murphy, Dawson Murphy, Weston Murphy; brother, Sherrill Baker (Charlotte); sister-in-law, Gail Baker; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at Ellisville Funeral Home in Ellisville, MS. Burial to follow at Memorial Gardens of Laurel, MS. Visitation will be the same day from 12:00 PM until the service hour of 2:00 PM.

The family would like to thank the amazing doctors and nurses from the VA and Alive Hospice in Nashville, TN. In addition, Cheatham County Funeral Home in Ashland City, TN for their care and assistance during this time.

Cheatham County Funeral Home 615-792-2552 on-line condolences at


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