About

What makes us different?

"...Your kindness and caring meant more to me than words can say."

R.W. Baker has been family owned by the Bakers since 1885. In a time where many funeral homes have sold out to the international conglomerates and are trying to rebuild themselves, we proudly have remained owned and operated by the descendants of Robert Washington Baker. We are now in our fifth generation of family operation.

With a combined experience of 90 years among our current funeral directors, we have learned to listen and suggest, and are able to organize and conduct all types of ceremonies that will be comforting and meaningful. Our staff will do whatever it takes to serve your family properly. This effort begins from the time we receive the death call to properly placing the flowers on the grave following the service.

We offer convenience to you, your family, and friends as the only funeral home serving the Suffolk and Wakefield communities with three locations -- R.W. Baker in downtown Suffolk, Baker-Foster Funeral home in North Suffolk, and R.W. Baker in Wakefield. We are licensed in Virginia and North Carolina and have worked with many cemeteries in the Hampton Roads and North Carolina communities.

For over 135 years we have held ourselves to a high standard. We understand we have only one chance to make sure everything is conduced properly and with respect, and giving you the best value for your investment.

Sincerely from my family to yours:
Blake Baker

Family Owned Funeral Homes vs. Chains

"...we proudly have remained owned and operated by the descendants of Robert Washington Baker. We are now in our fifth generation of family operation."

Is there any difference between a family-owned funeral home, and a funeral home that is part of a corporate-owned chain?

Over the past several years, large multi-national organizations have been purchasing funeral homes at an alarming rate. The early nineties saw hundreds of family operated funerals homes across North America brought into the fold of large multi national firms. Recent media reports such as 60 Minutes, Time, and US News and World Report conclude that these death care business operations, while trying to maintain the facade of a family operation, quickly increase prices considerably and enforce merchandising policies on employees geared to significantly increase their bottom lines.

Is R.W. Baker independently owned or is it operated by a large chain or corporation?

R.W. Baker Funeral Home and Crematory is locally owned and independently operated. It is not operated by a large public corporation.

Why are family-owned funeral homes the right choice?

R.W. Baker is family owned and has a single focus; providing the best quality service and value to our families and friends. We are not governed by corporate mandates or driven to increase profits. We know that our success depends upon how we treat each and every family we serve. It is our goal at R.W. Baker not only to satisfy your needs but to exceed your expectations.

Is there any difference between a family-owned funeral home, and a funeral home that is part of a corporate-owned chain?

Over the past several years, large multi-national organizations have been purchasing funeral homes at an alarming rate. The early nineties saw hundreds of family operated funerals homes across North America brought into the fold of large multi national firms. Recent media reports such as 60 Minutes, Time, and US News and World Report conclude that these death care business operations, while trying to maintain the facade of a family operation, quickly increase prices considerably and enforce merchandising policies on employees geared to significantly increase their bottom lines.

Is R.W. Baker independently owned or is it operated by a large chain or corporation?

R.W. Baker Funeral Home and Crematory is locally owned and independently operated. It is not operated by a large public corporation.

Why are family-owned funeral homes the right choice?

R.W. Baker is family owned and has a single focus; providing the best quality service and value to our families and friends. We are not governed by corporate mandates or driven to increase profits. We know that our success depends upon how we treat each and every family we serve. It is our goal at R.W. Baker not only to satisfy your needs but to exceed your expectations.