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David C. Baker

David C. “Ko-Koo” Baker, 73 of Suffolk transitioned peacefully on Monday, May 3, 2021, at his residence. He was born Oct. 21, 1947, in Nansemond County. 

David was a 1968 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School. He was a member of Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church. He retired from Northrop Grumman Shipyard with 32 years of service as a First Class Welder. He helped co-found the Suffolk Steelers and was involved in Little League Football for over 40 years.

He was preceded in death by his father, James G. Baker Sr.; mother, Laura B. Copeland; sister Mildred Copeland; brothers, Dwight N. Baker Sr. and Connie L. Baker. 

David is survived by his wife of 50 years Jennifer Ballard Baker; son, David A. Rountree of Norfolk; daughter, Tara Baker Britt (Franco), Suffolk; brother, James G. Baker Jr. Suffolk; loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Ronald Ingram; and niece, Brandy Morgan-Boyd.

Thanks goes out to VA Oncology Team, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Radiology Clinic, Sentara Norfolk General and Obici Hospital Staff, Sentara Hospice Services and Dr. Eboni Carter (PCP). 

A viewing will be held from noon 6 p.m. Sunday, May 9, in the Melvin J. Blowe Chapel of Crocker Funeral Home. Visitation with family will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. A celebration of life will be held at noon, Monday, May 10, at Metropolitan Baptist Church. He will be laid to rest in Holly Lawn Cemetery. Professional services with dignity have been entrusted to Crocker Funeral Home Inc.