William Troy Baker
William Troy Baker died on Saturday, Nov. 8, at his home in Bandera at the age of 90 years, eight months and five days.
He was born on March 3, 1918, to Joseph Raymond Baker and Cordia Ola Bryce Baker on a farm about four miles from Liberty Hill, Texas.
Troy grew up and worked in the Killeen area until 1938 when he moved to Uvalde, and met and married Jessie Louise Scoggin. The couple had three children, Kenny, Karen and Kathy.
In 1940, when the draft was started, Troy’s number was the second one picked by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Troy served in the United States Army during World War II as a marksman trainer.
After his discharge, he had several occupations including ranching, auctioneering and being a cattle broker. However, his army discharge papers stated his occupation as “cowpuncher.”
In 1969, Troy married Lucille Archer, who had three grown children, Bill, Joe and Mary Lou. During their marriage, the couple lived in Eagle Pass, Natalia, San Antonio and Bandera.
Troy is survived by his wife, Lucille, her three children, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, as well as by his three children, four grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren from a first marriage.
Troy is also survived by sister Marie Spires of Georgetown, and two brothers, JR Baker of Lavernia and Ray Baker of Kendalia, as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service was held for the family on Monday, Nov. 10, and Graveside Services took place Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Jones Cemetery in Utopia, with Brother Erik Smith officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the family by selecting the “Send Condolences” link at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.