Words can go a long way, even if they're over the telephone.
That's what made Sarah Mae Baker fall head over heels for her husband, Charlie.
"I was staying with my daughter in Village Square," said Mrs. Baker, who was married to Mr. Baker for 12 years. "I met him on the phone. He asked if I could cook. I said yes because my mother taught me how to cook when I was 10 years old. I told him I could cook soul food and all the trimmings to go with it."
Mr. Baker, 48, died June 3 at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Friendly Church of God in Christ.
Mrs. Baker said she was so overwhelmed by their conversation on the phone she was able to overlook Mr. Baker's disability.
"He was in a wheelchair when I met him," Mrs. Baker said. "He was paralyzed from the waist down. The wheelchair didn't bother me. I went along by the conversation we had."
A native of Patterson, Ga., and an Army veteran, Mr. Baker had his priorities in order, his wife said.
"He always took care of business before pleasure," she said. "He was always the type who liked to help people."
Mrs. Baker said she remembered when her husband helped his sister.
"His baby sister was in Daytona. She was pregnant, and she told her brother that she wanted to leave Florida. My husband rented a U-Haul and got some of his friends to go with him to Florida to help her move.
"He was just a very loving guy."
In addition to helping those in need, Mr. Baker enjoyed watching football and basketball.
"He loved sports," Mrs. Baker said.
Having a generous heart and kind spirit, Mr. Baker will be hard to forget, Mrs. Baker said.
"I just miss him so much. I never met another man like him."
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Charlie Baker: Army veteran "was always the type who liked to help people," his wife said.