Goldie Franklin Baber, 85, of Crozet, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Friday, May 16, 2014.
Goldie was born in Batesville on June 7, 1928, and was the son of Hunter Charles Baber and Emma Brown Baber. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Berta “BB” Peak, Thelma Linehan and Ann Kellly. Goldie is survived by his wife of 37 years, Pattie Leanzia Baber; his sons William Franklin “Billy” Baber and wife, Sara, of Overland Park, KS, and Charles Goldie Baber of Burkeville, VA; granddaughters Presley, Riley, and Kinley Baber of Overland Park, KS, and Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia of Seattle, WA; great-grandchildren Kyler and Sydney Garcia of Seattle, WA; sisters Helen Baber Fout of Tarboro, NC, and Alice Pearl Baber Barnett and husband, Mason, of Crozet; and numerous nieces and nephews,
At age 17, Goldie enlisted in the United States Navy and honorably served our country during World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War. He was on the first submarine to go under the Arctic Ice, and was also on the USS Threadfin 410, USS Caiman 323, USS Sabalo 302, USS Seacat 399, USS Odac 480, and USS Guavina 362.
After retiring from the Navy, Goldie was Superintendent of Heating and Cooling at the University of Virginia Hospital, and retired in 1990.
In addition to serving his country, Goldie was always of service to others-his family and friends, his community, and people in need. He loved for his family and friends to visit him. As the unofficial Vice-President of the “Liars Club” in White Hall, Goldie enjoyed swapping tall tales during his daily visits with his coffee buddies. He addressed people as “Bubba” he advised everyone to “keep it in the road,” he wished everyone a “good day,” and he was always in “good shape.”
Through his courageous battle with cancer, he never complained and always with a big smile would say, “I feel great!”
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Monday evening, May 19, 2014, at Crozet Baptist Church. The funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 11:00 am at Crozet Baptist Church with Rev. David Collyer and Rev. Colleen Swingle-Titus officiating. Interment will follow at Rockgate Cemetery in Crozet.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that memorial donations to celebrate his life may be made to the Crozet Baptist Church, Caring Ministry, 5804 St. George Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932, of Hospice of Piedmont,675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911. Anderson Funeral Home of Crozet, is in charge of arrangements.