Mr. Leonard Earl Baker was born November 4, 1957, to the parentage of Pinkie Lou and Eugene Clyde Baker, who preceded him in death. The first baby boy of his adoptive family, Leonard Earl was named from Pinkie's adoptive parents, Odessa and Leonard Traylor, who also preceded him in death. His grandmothers, Rosie Lee and Versa Kate Jackson, and great-grandmother, Pinkie Peel Hood, preceded him in death as well.
Leonard was taught by his parents in the admonition and fear of God. He was born and grew up in Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, Daingerfield, Texas, under the leadership of Superintendent Love Charles Castleberry.
He matriculated through the Daingerfield Independent School District and graduated in the class of 1976. He participated in the Daingerfield High School Band and was an excellent tuba player. He was offered a band scholarship at graduation. His friendly and comical attitude caused him to be loved by many classmates and all who knew him. These scriptures, "A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly; and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother," Proverbs 18:24, and "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones, " Proverbs 17:22, describe Leonard's character the most.
Leonard's love for children and great babysitting skills made a lifetime impact on every child he encountered. They loved him dearly. He loved all his nieces, nephews, and cousins. He remembered everyone's birthday and would write letters, call, or send cards.
Leonard Earl leaves to cherish his memory: brother, Dwayne A. Baker (Regina) of Tyler, Texas; sister, Monica Michelle Baker of Daingerfield, Texas; stepbrother, Gary W. Landers of Tyler, Texas; nephew Wesley Bo Baker of Davie, Florida; nieces, Quaneshia Baker and Briana Baker of Daingerfield, Texas, Shaneka Baker of Longview, Texas, and Jasmine Roney of Carrollton, Texas; great-nephews, Jaden Fomby of Daingerfield, Texas, and Kyler Adams of Longview, Texas; great-niece, India Woods of Daingerfield, Texas; aunts, Earlie Mae Wilkerson of Greenville, Texas, and Georgia Everett of Mansfield, Texas; uncle Henry Peters of Cason, Texas; two great-aunts, Ersulene Hurndon and Charlene Traylor of Daingerfield, Texas; great-uncle, William Jones of Daingerfield, Texas; goddaughter, Grey Hurndon of Daingerfield, Texas; and a host of other relatives and friends.