MYRTLE BEACH—It is with the heaviest of hearts and the deepest of sorrows that we must share the unexpected passing of George "Ben" Baker, 58, on May 21.

He was born June 16, 1960, in Lumberton, North Carolina.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Janine "Jae" Simpson Baker; children Christine and Zachary Baker; sister Vicki (Steve) Bridgman of Marion and brother Jimmy (Lisa) Baker of Detroit, Michigan. He was a beloved uncle of William and Madeline Baker, also of Detroit.

He is survived by father James M. "Jim" (Jennie) Baker and proceeded in death by mother Anne Rogers Baker, both of Mullins. He was also survived by beloved dogs "Daisy Mae" and "Patchy Boy.”

Though dwarfed by his gentle giant way, no pets loved an owner more.

His love of music and sports was only surpassed by that of family and friends.

Being an avid golfer played a significant role in his employment of 31 years at the Dunes Golf & Beach Club, where he cared for the members and guests with a keen wit and an infectious smile as manager of the Waterloo Turn Bar & Grill.

Those who knew him well considered it an irreplaceable privilege, and will miss him for many personal reasons, but it is his kind heart and loving soul that will live forever.

We love you, Ben. May heaven's fairways be wide, may the wind be always at your back and may you finally reach Waterloo in two.

A memorial service was held May 25 at Mullins Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to the Horry County Animal Care Center, 1923 Industrial Park Road, Conway, SC 29526.

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