Our Family Serving Your Family Since 1885
Robert N. Baker III, the current President, and his mother, Allie Oliver Baker, ran the business together from 1967-1969. Allie was one of the few women in the state who had a funeral director's license at that time. During that time, Robert was attending mortuary school in Syracuse, New York, and was also on active duty with the National Guard in Fort Knox. Prior to attending mortuary school, Robert received a degree in Business Administration from Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C. In 1969, he returned to operate the business full time.
Joined the family business as Vice President, making him the fifth generation family member to work for R.W. Baker & Co. Blake received an Environmental Science degree from Ferrum College and had worked in the consulting field for three years. He then decided to return home and work with his father. Blake attended John Tyler Community College in Chester, VA, and earned a degree in Mortuary Science and after an 18-month apprenticeship, passed both the state and national exams.
Kelly Baker is married to Blake and joined R.W. Baker in 2007, and serves as Treasurer and Secretary of both R.W. Baker and Nansemond Pet Cremation Services. Kelly worked as a dispatcher for the City of Norfolk for nine years and then for USAA insurance company for two years. Kelly is the second oldest of five sisters. Her parents, Vickie and Grant Ayres retired to Chesapeake after Grant's 27 plus years in the Air Force. Kelly and Blake are the proud parents of Madalyn "Madie" Lynell Baker and Robert "Buddy" N. Baker V.
Born in Southampton County, he is a graduate of Southampton High School and received his degree in Funeral Service from John Tyler Community College. Patrick is married to his wife Cathy and has two children, Zachary and Caitlin. He is a licensed funeral director at R.W. Baker & Co. in Wakefield and when not at work he likes to spend time with his family as well as working on projects around the house.
Mrs. Purviance and her husband, Sam built the original Purviance Funeral Home in 1953 in Wakefield where they raised their two sons, Sam and Tommy and operated the business until 1999. Mrs. P. is still active in the community and floats in and out to visit with family.
Mr. Beale was born in Suffolk and is a 1967 graduate of John Yeates High School where he enjoyed playing football, basketball and baseball. He is married to Faye Blevins and they have two children. Bobby is an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He enjoys helping his wife at their peanut shop in downtown Suffolk and also enjoys golfing and reading.
Mrs. Brothers is a 1956 graduate of Sunbury High School. She is married to Charles H. Brothers, Sr. They have one son and one grandson. Carolyn has been a member of Whaleyville United Methodist Church since 1962. She has been the organist and choir director since 1972.