Deborah Fair Baker

07/04/1958 - 12/21/2022


Obituary For Deborah Fair Baker

Deborah Fair Baker was born July 4,1958 in Gastonia, North Carolina. She was raised by her grandparents by the late Jasper Fair, Sr. and Bessie R. Fair. She also spent some of her life growing up in Washington, DC before coming back home to Gastonia, NC. She was the oldest daughter of the late Fannie Fair Boyce. Her father was the late Oakley Shanks. On Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC. She departed this life to go home to a better life in the Lord.

Early in life, Deborah got her degree at Martha Washington Cosmetology School in North East Washington, DC. She also attended Gaston College in Gastonia, NC. She was a dedicated member of the Eastern Star. Deborah was also an entrepreneur owning her own restaurant business in Gastonia, NC.

Due to her health, she retired at an early age and devoted her time to being a mother and wife. She was a member of the United House of Prayer in her younger days and then became a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev.
Robert O. Setzer.

Deborah was a kindhearted, caring, loving person who would give you the shirt off of her back. She reached her heart out to a eighteen month old baby girl, who had just lost her mother. She took her in and named her, cared for her, giving her the best life that she knew how to give. She helped raised her two granddaughters and saw to it they wanted for nothing putting them before herself. She was always there for them until the day God called her home.

Deborah was like her mother Fannie Mae. She didn’t meet no strangers and did for many. She was a loving caring, and devoted wife, the best sister, auntie, cousin, and friend you could ever meet and know.

She loved family gathering, cookouts, she was just a people person. She gave the best advice and loved to make you laugh.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers, Harry J. Fair, Danny L. Boyce, and Vernon Schencks, Deborah leaves behind to celebrate her life: her husband, Samuel Baker; her daughter, Jamie Fair; two granddaughters, Fannie Smith, and Kamiya Fair; stepson, Benny Bratton; goddaughters, Jacqueline Miller, Kash, Aysha Rankins, Mianca Meeks; sisters, Wanda Moonie Richards (Michael A. Richards II) of Columbia, SC, Donna R. Boyce of Gastonia, NC; brother, Johnny L. Fair (Jocelyn Fair) of Gastonia, NC, Rickey F. Boyce of Gastonia, NC; Vincent Shanks of Bridgeport, CT; sister-in-law, Lauren Boyce; special cousins, Marty Lee and Eleanor Wilson; special aunt, Cora Lynch of Gastonia, NC and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

A Funeral Service was held December 28th, 2022 at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Gastonia. Burial took place at Armstrong Cemetery.

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