Herschell Ewing Baker, Sr. of Maryville, TN passed away on Saturday, January 1, 2022. He was 83 years old. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends: wife Megan M. O’Leary and daughter Jessica Wright; sons, Matthew Wright (Preceded), Robert Baker and Herschell Baker, Jr. (wife Laura) and daughters, Lynn Baker, Cheryl Izatt and Mandy Knouff (husband Jeremy). Herschell’s grandchildren, brothers, and many other family members and friends will always remember his outgoing personality. He truly never met a stranger. And, he had a great sense of humor. He never hesitated to shake a hand, hug a neck or kiss a cheek. If you needed it, he would happily have given you the shirt off of his back. Herschell was always a faithful provider for his family. He passed on his work-ethic to his children. After all, “On-time is late. Early is on- time.” No doubt, part of Herschell’s work ethic was developed in his almost 22 years in the United States Navy. He served honorably during that time, including two tours during the Vietnam War where he worked out of the “White Elephant” (U.S. Naval Support in Da Nang, Vietnam). Family will receive friends from 5:00 until 6:00 PM Friday, January 7, 2022 at Smith Trinity Chapel with Funeral Service to follow at 6:00 PM with Herschell Baker, Jr. officiating. Mr. Herschell E. Baker, Sr. will be laid to rest at East TN State Veteran’s Cemetery with full US Navy Military Honors at a later date. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com
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