Retired Sessions Judge Dies at 81

Former Ashland City and General Sessions Judge William R. “Bill” Baker died Dec. 12 at the age of 81. Baker received his law degree from Vanderbilt University and spent three years in the Foreign Service in northern Brazil. After returning to Tennessee, he opened a private law practice, served as general sessions judge from 1966 to 1974 and served as municipal judge from 1981 to 1988. Among his many distinctions, Baker served as a delegate to the 1965 Tennessee Constitutional Convention, as a member and chair of the Tennessee Claims Commission and as secretary-treasurer of the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference. Funeral services were today at St. Martha’s Catholic Church, The Tennessean reports. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Aquinas College, 4210 Harding Rd., Nashville, TN 37205; University Catholic, 2004 Terrace Pl., Nashville, TN 37203; or St. Martha’s Catholic Church, 3331 Bell St., Ashland City, TN 37015.