Floyd Gene Baker was born the son of George Baker and Ruth (Tyree) Baker on January 14, 1956, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and departed this life December 30, 2013, at University of Arkansas for Medical Science, in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 57 years.
He is survived by one daughter, Tiffany Baker of Jacksonville, Arkansas; one sister, Marilynn Vanderveen of Thayer, Missouri; one nephew, Randy Denton of Thayer, Missouri; his riverboat family; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Baker; his mother, Ruth Kellett; and nephew, Wesley Baker.
Gene was a graduate of Couch High School and a Veteran of the United States Air Force.
He started a career on the towboats as Deckhand in 1983, working for Southern Towing Company of Memphis, Tennessee. Gene worked his way up through the ranks, earning the position as Chief Engineer of the Motor Vessell Dennis Collins in 2007.
He enjoyed the outdoors, especially the sport of hunting deer, turkey and squirrels.
Gene attended Jeff Church of Christ and will be remembered as a kind and caring man, a devoted father, and loving brother. He will truly be missed by his family and many friends.
Funeral services will be Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Erman Croney officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.