Jeral ‘Jerry’ Smith Baker

Jeral “Jerry” Smith Baker, 87, of Bainbridge, passed away on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018.

He was born Aug. 22, 1931 in Indianapolis, the son of Franklin Josiah and Vada Jane (Smith) Baker.

He was a graduate of Bainbridge High School.

He was a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force.

Jerry owned and operated the Rockhurst Barber Shop on the west side of Indianapolis for more than 25 years.

He was a member of the Bainbridge United Methodist Church; Greencastle Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star, VFW and the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley S. (Thompson) Baker; children Jeretta (husband Doug) Reynolds, Joe (wife Rosie) Baker, Janet Lane and Joyce Reed; sisters Sandra O’Hair and Sharon Austin; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter Jaycie Kim Lane; brother Dale Baker; and a sister, Naomi Elliott.

A celebration of life will be held at the Bainbridge Community Center on Saturday, Sept. 1 with the family receiving friends from 2-5 p.m. and a memorial service to be held at 3 p.m.

A private family inurnment with military honors will be held at a later date at Union Chapel Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Bainbridge Alumni Association.

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