Published 12:00 am Monday, February 9, 2009
Benjamin Austin Baines, 67, died Feb. 9, 2009, at his home surrounded by his family.
Born in Whaleyville, Va., he was the son of the late Novella A. and Burleigh Edward Baines, and was preceded in death by his stepmother, Virginia Felton Baines.
Mr. Baines retired after 39 years of service as a millwright with International Paper and was a member of Great Fork Baptist Church, where he served as trustee for the Great Fork Cemetery. He was a member of the Whaleyville Ruritan Club, North-South Skirmish Association, the Southampton Greys, Tom Smith Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Nansemond Hunt Club, and Bronco Rod and Gun Club.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Branch Baines; son, Shannon Dwight Baines; daughter, Tammy Baines Baughman and husband, Erik, all of Suffolk; sister, Virginia B. Salmon and husband, Jack, of Portsmouth; brother, E. Darden Baines, of Williamsburg; grandchildren, Jonathan, Lauren, Erin, Kayla; a great-grandson, Cayden; nephew, Jack Salmon Jr. and wife, Wanda; great-nephew, Austin Salmon.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. in Great Fork Baptist Church by the Rev. Dr. Donald R. Jones, with burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends in the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Great Fork Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Marion Carter, 1710 Colonial Ave., Suffolk, VA, 23434 or the American Cancer Society, 604 Constance Woods Drive, Suffolk, VA, 23434. Condolences may be registered at www.rwbakerfh.com.