Lovic Pierce Baker — Named Buddy at birth by an older sister Margaret, Buddy Baker died September 26, 2010 at Wesley Woods of Newnan-Peachtree City, GA. He was born January 25, 1924 to Leonard Pierce (Buck) Baker of Ben Hill, GA and Marie Agnes Lescouet of St. Nazaire, France .
He attended Hapeville, GA schools and at 17 he joined the Navy prior to the U.S. entry into World War II. His father gave permission on condition Buddy promised he would attend Georgia Tech after the war. He spent five years in the Navy, three at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station and two with a mobile training unit on the West Coast. Upon his discharge, he entered Georgia Tech.
At the beginning of his senior year, his father died suddenly and Buddy left Tech to manage the insurance business his father started during the depression, the L.P. Baker Agency. He managed the agency for 39 years before retiring in 1987.
His family lived in Hapeville, GA for many years and were active in Hapeville United Methodist Church. When his son became a Boy Scout, Buddy became active in Troop 127 and served until Buck became an Eagle Scout. Buddy enjoyed many sports — quail shooting, fishing and golf — and was an avid supporter of the Braves and Georgia Tech football. In 1980, the Bakers moved to Peachtree City, GA and later joined the North Fayette United Methodist Church. Buddy and Peggy wanted to help build Habitat homes and they worked on three with a crew from their church.
Buddy is survived by wife of 62 years, Peggy Maffett Baker, a son L.P. (Buck) Baker of Largo, FL, a daughter Jane Baker Adams and son-in-law Dr. A. Frank Adams of Canton, GA; sisters Margaret Johnston of Christian City and Janet Foster of Hapeville, GA. Buddy is predeceased by an infant daughter, Julia Marie, and he will be interred by her side at Westminster Memorial Gardens, Peachtree City, GA, and also predeceased by two sisters Mary Maher and Madeleine Freeman.
Buddy’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at Carl J. Mowell & Son’s Chapel, 200 Robinson Road, Peachtree City, GA. Visitation will be from 1:30 PM with a memorial service at 2:30 PM.
The family expresses deep appreciation to the staff at Wesley Woods and Hospice Advantage of Fayetteville, GA. With appreciation to all the volunteers with whom Buddy shared 23 years of service to the Joseph Sams School, donations to the school as a memorial can be sent to 280 Brandywine Boulevard, Fayetteville, GA 30214. Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Georgia .