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Joe Aaron Baxter, 89, of the Sulphur Springs community, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. Mr. Baxter was born March 1, 1933 in Pine Bluff, to the late Charles Estes (Bo) Baxter a... Read More
Joe Aaron Baxter, 89, of the Sulphur Springs community, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. Mr. Baxter was born March 1, 1933 in Pine Bluff, to the late Charles Estes (Bo) Baxter and the late Grace Lee Pierce Baxter.
Mr. Baxter was reared and received his education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Watson Chapel High School in 1951. During his high school years, he played on the basketball team, and received many awards for his amazing athleticism. Mr. Baxter worked for Georgia Pacific until his retirement. He was a hard-working, loyal and trustworthy man. He was a crucial part of the development and opening of The Trophy House on Dollarway Road. Mr. Baxter was also the owner of Perfect Calls. He was admired by many for the turkey calls he designed and constructed for hunters all over the United States.
Mr. Baxter, in his younger years, enjoyed playing fast pitch softball and league bowling. He was an avid hunter and fisherman his whole life.
He married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Bettye Nix on December 22, 1951, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and remained devoted to her and their family until his passing.
He loved serving others and was a faithful member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and past men’s Sunday School teacher.
Mr. Baxter is preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Janice Arlette Baxter, son-in-law, Edward R (Eddie) Waits III, brother, Charles Osmond (Charlie) Baxter Sr., brother-in-law, Creed Calvin Nix, sister-in-law, Jean Nix and brother-in-law, Jimmy Nix.
He is survived by his wife, Bettye Baxter; daughters, Jolynne Baxter-Barrett Waits and Elizabeth Lee (Beth) Baxter (David) Clark, and a son Richard Aaron (Vicki) Baxter all of the Sulphur Springs Community; grandchildren, Steven Barrett (fiancé, Christie Park), Jodie Barrett (Steve) Johnson, Amanda Clark (Jeremy) Weaver, Ashley Clark (Danny) Gumm, Diana Baxter (Mario) Muhammad, Aaron (fiancé, Lilet Gentapa) Baxter; twelve great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; a brother, Jerry Baxter of Pine Bluff, sister-in-law, Carol Nix of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
The family will be at the home of David and Beth Clark, 9552 Sulphur Springs Rd.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to Sulphur Springs Baptist Church at 9127 Sulphur Springs Rd, Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
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