Bayne Baker was born on October 13th, 1951, in Fayetteville North Carolina. He was the youngest of five children born to Catherine Rhunnell and Alonza Baker, Sr., who preceded him in death.
He was baptized in New Jerusalem Baptist Church. He attended Benjamin Franklin High School and earned an Associates degree in Art from the Community College of Philadelphia.
He worked numerous jobs throughout his life , but his most memorable were as restaurant manager for Jo Jo’s Luncheonette located at 31st street and Ridge Avenue; and assistant supervisor at Penn Wax Candle Works. He was a Master Mason of Tonglong Lodge No 7 and a 32nd degree in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Masons of Central Jurisdiction where he was awarded Master Mason of the year in 2006 and went on to become a Shriner of Mecca Temple No. 1 of High Point North Carolina.
Bayne liked dancing, jewelry, and nice clothes, but he loved playing games like chess, online computer games and shooting pool. He also loved his family and many friends. But he especially loved Masonry and Shirley (Short-Cakes).
Bayne was committed to prison ministry: Although he unsuccessfully tried to get his church to start a prison ministry, he wrote letters, sent birthday cards and money to inmates on his own.
After suffering from asthma, C.O.P.D. and pulmonary disease for some time, Bayne gave up his earthly body to be with the LORD in a new body on September 27th 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
Bayne leaves to mourn his Wife Shirley Thompson; One Daughter Toya Rhunnell; two Grandsons: Tavar, and Taron; two Granddaughters: Taniya and Rhunnell Antonia Elizabeth; Four Great Grandsons: Tay’zon, Kendrix, Nathaniel and Mason; one Great Granddaughter: Leilani; Three Brothers: Alonza, Jr (Pauline), Samuel W. (Rochelle), Terry, Sr; One Sister: Gloria, Three special cousins: Debra, Andre and AJ; and a host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, Masonic Brothers and Sisters and Friends.