Claudia Taylor Baker

Published 9:20 pm Friday, October 23, 2020

Mrs. Claudia Taylor Baker, age 74, a resident of the Belhaven community, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.

Mrs. Baker (affectionately known as Caw Caw by her family) was born in Belhaven at Pungo District Hospital on Feb. 26, 1946, daughter of the late Jesse Lovick Taylor Jr. and Christine Smithwick Taylor.

She was a 1964 graduate of John A. Wilkinson High School. She married Bryant Baker Jr. on March 20, 1966. She was a retired beautician after 30 years of service to the local Belhaven community and surrounding areas. Claudia and Bryant started Baker Building Supply in 1976, where she was secretary and treasurer. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Belhaven.

Surviving along with her husband, Bryant Baker, and her sister, Roberta Allen, both of Belhaven, are her children, Dana Baker, of New Bern, Jason Baker (Wendy), of Belhaven, Jenna Cooper (Reid), of Belhaven; grandchildren, Bridgette Cota (Gabriel), Breanna Hudnell (Gregory), Brooklyn Hudnell, Bailey Vossen (Jeremy), BJ Baker, Bryant Cooper (Kaitlyn), Braeden Cooper and Briley Cooper; and great-grandchildren, Blakley Thompson, Daveigh Cota, Bodie Squires, Bellamy Squires and Oliver Vossen.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Jesse Lovick Taylor III.

She enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as spending her time at home on “The Lot.”

Please know the family is thankful for all the prayers, love and support. Due to the circumstances at this time, no visitation will be held. A private memorial service will be held with family.

The family kindly asks in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in loving memory of Claudia Taylor Baker c/o First Christian Church, P.O. Box 577, Belhaven, NC 27810.

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Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven is honored to serve the Baker family.