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Richmond Baker


Sunrise: October 24, 1947

Sunset: May 11, 2019

Richmond “Rich” Baker, 71, passed away May 11, 2019 in Hampton, Virginia¸ surrounded by his loving wife and family.

A native of Florida, he was the son of the late Oscar Baker of Marianna, Florida and Eugene Bell Baker of Orlando, Florida. He was preceded in death by his brother Arthur Lee Baker and his sister Izola McElroy. Richmond graduated with honors from Jones High School in Orlando, Florida. He joined the Marine Corps after high school and served two tours in Vietnam, survived a helicopter crash and later became a marine corps drill instructor. He was the recipient of a Purple Heart. In 1976 he joined the Norfolk Police Department and later became a detective in the fraud unit. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police where he was awarded the Police Officer of the Quarter. Richmond    received a plaque from Shiloh Baptist Church presented by Rev. Dr. John H. Foster, former City Councilman in 1984 as the Norfolk Police Officer of the Year. He retired with more than 28 years of honorable service. After retirement, he continued his employment as an investigator with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for 9 years.

He was a founder and the first president of the Stonebridge Crossing Civic League and served in this capacity for 10 years. He was also an active and dedicated member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Norfolk for over 42 years.

Richmond was married to his loyal and loving wife of 42 years, Marva. He is survived by three children, Richmond V. Baker (Sharon), Charlotte NC, Oliver E. Baker (Beverly) , Chesapeake VA, and Tamia Corey (Kevin), Williamsburg VA; his brother, Lee Charles Baker, Orlando, FL; his sister Virginia Baker McCree (Earnest), Montgomery, AL; sisters-in-law, Annie Baker, Gloria Booker, Sheredine Young, Karen M. Love; brothers-in-law, James M. Hill (Gloria) and James McElroy (Mae), 5 grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

 

 

Viewing Friday, May 17, 2019 Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Wake Service Friday, May 17, 2019 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service Saturday, May 18, 2019 12 Noon Shiloh Baptist Church 745 Park Avenue Norfolk, VA 23504 Interment Virginia Veterans Cemetery 10300 Pridesville Road Amelia, VA 23002

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    Alvin Schnitzer says

    Denise and I send our condolences to Marva and the entire Baker family. I had the privilege to know and work with Richmond in the Check-Forgery Squad of the Norfolk Police Department. May he rest in peace and be with the Lord. He was a good man, a good Marine, and a good policeman.

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    Donnie Norrell says

    Marva and family, Richmond was a Godly man who is home now. I will miss him as I know you all will too. He was an example to all as a great husband, father, veteran and public servant of the citizens of Norfolk. Teresa and I will keep you in our prayers. Donnie Norrell

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    Julius & Lillie Baker says

    To Our Lovin Family Please Know That Our Hearts Are Heavy Aswell as Yours,But We All Know God Will Not Heavy Our Burtons He Knows All About It So we Must Be Prayerful And Cass All Our Heavy Burtons He Will See Us Though it All …We Love you Marve And Children’s Always…..Julius & Lillie Baker 5159 Baker Rd. Marianna Fla. 32446 8024

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    RONI TOMARELLI says

    Dear Family,
    Glenn Collins and Roni send their warmest condolences to you. We worked with Richmond on the NPD, he was truly a good man, person, and officer

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    Dan Everton says

    I never had the pleasure of working with Richmond we worked around each other for almost 3 decades. He was one of the finest people I have ever worked around. I use to pick on him about the way he walked, he did not walk he strutted. After reading his obit I found out where he got his strut Marines. My heart goes out to his family but rest assured Richmond is in a better place and will be waiting for his family to rejoin him. Stay Safe

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    Angelia George-Lundy says

    Kenny and I send our condolences to Mrs. Marva Baker and the entire family. I have had the privilege to know and work with Richmond in the Forgery Squad as their stenographer. He was always helpful and kind. Our hearts are saddened with his passing. May God comfort you and the family. Rest in peace Richmond for we will truly miss you.

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    George Northern says

    I had the priviledge of working with Richmond Baker while in the Check Forgery Squad for many years. He was a dear friend and loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was an outstanding policeman and a brother to all. He will truly be missed. Our condolences go out to Marva and the Baker family in this trying time. May he rest in peace.

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    Sharolyn Strickland (Great Bridge High School) says

    Marva, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I met Rich one time and he was a lovely individual and loved you dearly. Take care and God bless you!

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    Fred Wilson says

    My heart felt condolences to the immediate and extended members of the Baker family. Richmond was true to form,( what you see is what you get.) He was firm ,fair, and concerned about his fellow man. He was a good friend that surely will be missed. Rest-In-Peace Mr. Baker.

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    Ray Pettway says

    My sincere condolences to the Baker Family. Richmond made it a point to do the best he could and treat everyone fairly. He was a excellent investigator and a good man.

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    Lee Baker says

    1tessalonian 4:13,14

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    LIN says

    I am truly sorry for your loss, what really comforted me in my time of loss is the scripture@ Revelation 21:3&4 . Which gives us the wonderful promise of God wiping out every tear from our eyes and death being no more. I hope this promise from Jehovah will truly bring your family much comfort at this time.

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    Miciah Foreman says

    I’m very sorry for your loss. I found comfort from Revelation 2:4. There God promises that death will soon be no more.

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