Four Oaks, NC: Lawrence E. Baker (Butch), age 82, of Four Oaks, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 3, 2023 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC. The wake will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 5:00 PM at the home on 3182 Blackcreek Road, Four Oaks, NC. The burial will be on Sunday, February 12, 2023 at Four Oaks City Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Maria Elena; his son, Marty L. Baker; his step daughters, Yessika Tores-Netter and Lissette Torres; his four step grandchildren; step son-in-law; and many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Butch was born on February 18, 1940 in Wilson County, North Carolina to the late Harvey and Bertha Cone Baker. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Marianne and Azalea.
Butch worked his entire life as a mechanic and he never retired as this was his passion. He specialized in Volkwagen cars and was known as the Volkswagen man. Another passion of his was mud racing, he won many trophies and recognitions. He served in the Army for a short period of time and afterwards joined the National Guard and served for six years and achieved the rank of Sergeant prior to his discharge.
One of his greatest hobbies was making a paper chain which he added to it for decades. He won the Guinness World Records for the largest paper chain in the world.
Butch will always be remembered dearly by his family, neighbors, and friends.