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Beam Funeral Service & Crematory
Saturday December 5th, 2020

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Jesse Benjamin Baker



Jesse Benjamin Baker, age 39, of Old Fort, North Carolina, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at CarePartners Hospice Solace Center in Asheville. 


Jesse is survived by his precious, loving wife of 6 years, Krystal Baker; his father and mother, Mark and Denise Baker; two brothers, Charles Baker and his wife, Karol and Kyle Baker and his wife, Kelley.  Other family members left to cherish his memory include is father-in-law and mother-in-law, Vincent and Diana Baker; sister-in-law, Beth Gentry; grandfather, Merrill McEntire; and his aunts, uncles and cousins that he dearly loved.


Jesse had the biggest heart and would light up a room when he walked in with just his smile; and he truly loved everyone.  Jesse grew up in Spruce Pine and was a 2000 graduate of Mitchell High School where he played soccer and was a member of the band and chorus.  He also loved the sports of skiing and ice hockey.  He attended Mayland Community College where he received an associate certification in both horticulture and landscaping.  Jesse was active in the Mitchell County 4-H program, and was named State Champion in both junior and senior levels in the 4-H bicycle safety presentation.  Jesse served as Vice-President of the Western District 4-H Council, and he was inducted into the NC 4-H honor club in 1999.


Jesse’s Christian faith was the priority of his life.  He served on several mission trips through the First Baptist Church Youth World Changers, and through the Young Adult Mission Trips to assist with projects in New Orleans and New York City.  After he was married, he and his wife lived in Canton for a while and attended the Central United Methodist Church where he participated in home improvement projects and building ramps.  Most recently after moving to Old Fort, he attended the Old Fort United Methodist Church where he and his wife supported the back to school projects.  Jesse loved children, and one of his favorite projects was working on the Samaritan’s Purse Shoeboxes for Children.  He and his wife would shop all year to collect items to make their shoeboxes extra special, and putting the boxes together brought him great joy.


A celebration of Jesse’s life will be held on Saturday, December 05, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Beam Funeral Service in Marion with Rev. Tony Baker officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., two hours prior to the service, at the funeral.


Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Baker’s memory are asked to consider, Old Fort United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 149, Old Fort, North Carolina 28762, Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center/Angels Among Us Walk or Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, North Carolina 28607-3000.


The family wishes to extend a special thank you to CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care doctors, nurses and CNAs for the extraordinary care they provided Jesse and his family during his illness.





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Denise, Mark & Family, Sending my sincere sympathies in the loss of your son Jessie! I only had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times, but he seemed to have such a precious sweet spirit that he shared with all he met. He made a wonderful impact on others in his short time here on earth and may the memories you have bring you some peace and may God hold you close in the difficult days ahead!

Patti Whiteley Briggs Dec 6 2020 12:00 AM

Denise,Mark,Charlie, Kyle & family, You are all in my prayers especially today! I remember when our Sunday School class- Mrs. Mildred Bryson's class, took a bus trip to Ashe County to visit the beautiful murals and that on that trip Denise was worried about Jesse because of some kind of rash, if I remember correctly. It was right after that, so many years ago when Jesse was a cute little:-):-) kid, that he was diagnosed with leukemia. What a shock to all of us and what a battle it has been! But what a True Child of The King and Blessed Warrior Jesse is/was and amazing example for all! What a testimony for His & our Savior! His great BIG SMILE & Holy Spirit so real you felt God's Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness! To God be the glory for his life so well lived! I love you Denise & Mark!

Angie Duncan Dec 5 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jesse Baker

Glenda Franklin Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM

To Jesse's wife, Denise, Mark, Charlie & Kyle, please know that Gene and I are praying for comfort that only God can give. Jesse was such a precious soul and I know your hearts are broken. We have always loved your family and have very fond memories.

Nancy Smith Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM

Denise, Mark and Family, You will be in our prayers in the days ahead. Jesse was blessed to have such a loving, caring family by his side always. He will be so missed by so many. Please let us know if can do anything for you. Cindy, Thomas, Michael Swofford

Cindy Swofford Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jesse Baker

Charles & Gail Hensley Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM

Jesse was a very sweet boy....I had him in my 4H Club and he was always volunteering and smiling....he was also a good neighbor and good friend and very supportive of our family.....We love you and you will be missed....

Myra Hughes Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM

Jesses example of faith, inspiration, optimism, strength, a pure sweetness will live on in so many of the lives he touched. My heart goes out to all of you during this difficult time. He will be sorely missed but is free of the pain he endured so much of his life. May your sadness soon be replaced by fond memories.

Pam Staton Dec 3 2020 12:00 AM

Denise, I am keeping you close to my heart and praying for comfort.

Tracy Davis Dec 3 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jesse Baker

Cynthia McIntyre Dec 2 2020 12:00 AM

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