In Loving

Willie E. Baker

Aug. 13, 1952 – Apr. 16, 2021

Willie E. Baker, affectionately known as Baker, passed away Friday, April 16, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary L. Price; father Leroy E. Baker; brother Jerry L. Price, Sr.; and nephew Steven D. Price. Baker leaves to cherish his memory his only son, Brandon Jamal Baker (Tiara); his life partner Ashli Smith; two nieces Karmen Price-Troy (James) and Kristen D. Dillard (Wesley); nephew Jerry L. Price, Jr. (Keshawna); seven great-nephews; two great-great-nieces; five great-great nephews and a host of friends. He was loved deeply by his family.

A live-streamed memorial gathering will be held at 11 am Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Affinity Funeral Service – Richmond Chapel, 2720 Enterprise Parkway, Richmond, Virginia 23294. Click here to join the live-streamed service for Willie E. Baker.

Memorial Service


Affinity Funeral Service

Richmond Chapel


Thursday, April 22, 2021


11:00 AM

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  1. Sandra Howard (RICHBURG) April 19, 2021 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    We worked together for years many years ago. Baker you were a jewel and I know you will to so missed. To you, family, may God speed your healing and know God gives us a time for grieving; take it and lean on him.

  2. Wayne Smith April 19, 2021 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Condolences to the Baker family, keeping you in my prayers. As we called him “Bake” at Va Union University this is a hard one to believe. He will be truly miss, VUU4LIFE.

  3. ADLENE JONES April 19, 2021 at 8:58 pm - Reply


  4. Gail H Williams April 19, 2021 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    Willie your eyes sparkled and your smile lite up the room. Your presence will be missed but not forgotten. Peace and comfort to the Baker Family,God’s love will give you will replace the smiles in your heart in time… take all the time you need. GH Williams

  5. Mary Booker April 20, 2021 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Baker my Friend you will be missed. I’m glad I had the pleasure of calling you Friend. Condolences to your Family. RIP ????❤

  6. Valarie Fleming April 20, 2021 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    My deepest sympathy and prayers to the family during this difficult time. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort in treasured memories. Baker was always inspiring with encouraging words and a positive spirit. He will be truly missed.

  7. Darryl Parker April 20, 2021 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Baker rest in peace….We just talked and now he is gone. I love you buddy you will be missed.

  8. Dalee (Ice) Thomas April 20, 2021 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    “Big Bake” my New Jersey Homeboy, you made it your business to look out for all of the Jersey people at Virginia Union University. We worked together at the Old VA State Pen and you lived above me on Chambrelayne avenue and every Friday you would come down and we would sit for hours eating mangos and talking. Saying you will be missed goes without question and words cannot describe the sense of loss that I am feeling. My prayer of comfort goes out to your family and I want to thank them for sharing you with us. Rest well my brother and I will see you on the other side!

  9. Don Crummell April 20, 2021 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Yesterday I lost a college friend, when you go away to college and everything is new and there is an adjustment period. Willie (Big Bake ) Baker was that big brother who showed you the ropes of being a college student and have fun doing it. When my dad died it was Bake who pick me up at Byrd Airport and said Bro I got you. The Inner City Blues squad will always remember my brother .
    Don’t think of him as gone away
    his journey’s just begun,
    life holds so many facets
    this earth is only one.
    Just think of him as resting
    from the sorrows and the tears
    in a place of warmth and comfort
    where there are no days and years.
    Think how he must be wishing
    that we could know today
    how nothing but our sadness
    can really pass away.
    And think of him as living
    in the hearts of those he touched…
    for nothing loved is ever lost
    and he was loved so much.

  10. Rhonda Joyner April 20, 2021 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Wow Bake Bake you really left me? no more pain stress or worries I’m gonna miss them calls anytime of the day or night I could expect from you !! I’m gonna keep our memories very dear to my heart as I know you would want me to and oh boy did we have many .REST WELL Love YOU Forever MY DEAR UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. Love Rhonda?❤️?

  11. Diann Wallace Fulgham April 21, 2021 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    My sincere condolences to the family of my dear VUU friend Willie “Eva” Baker. A nice, kind, sweet and very fun loving guy who will be truly missed. So sad in knowing you have slipped away from this earth, but I know you are now resting comfortably with the Lord. R.I.P.

  12. Catherine Vaughn April 21, 2021 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    My sincere condolence to the family of Willie Baker. Willie was my colleague at VUU. Will miss that friendly smile.

  13. Amber Barksdale April 22, 2021 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Baker I will miss you my friend, but all of the good times and laughs will never be forgotten. Rest easy until we meet again. Sending my sincere condolences to the family.

  14. Charlene Knight April 22, 2021 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Charlene Knight (Philly)
    From the day my brother brought you into our family we saw you as that. Baker it was such a pleasure to spend some time with you whenever we came to Richmond. You will surely be missed.
    Heaven has you now. Rest well.

  15. Dale dirt , Peggy chandler April 22, 2021 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Big Bake Dirt and Peggy will miss the good times, Rest In Peace , the VUU family will miss you

  16. James O Hinton April 22, 2021 at 10:05 am - Reply

    To the family of Willie Baker.

    I was sadden to hear of the passing of my old co-worker

    My prayers are with the family with much sympathy and condolences for the lost of your loved one.

  17. MYRNA V JONES April 22, 2021 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Baker, will miss your wonderful sense of humor and good company. Enjoyed our relationship will remember it always!

  18. Carolyn Mickel April 22, 2021 at 11:03 am - Reply

    May His promise of eternal life be a comfort to you in the loss of one so dear. You will greatly be missed. I will miss our phone calls . . . your Alabama connection. Thoughts are with the family now in in the days to come. May your soul and the soul of all of the faithfully departed . . . Rest In Peace.

  19. Lillian Parker-Stibbins April 22, 2021 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Baker, we just talked 3 weeks ago ?Never Forgotten good Brotha from another ??Until we meet again, REST solider♥️I salute you!

  20. Richard Red Tatem April 22, 2021 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Thanks for the good memories . VUU4LIFE

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