*This picture appeared just as here, in the obituary......
A Mothers Story
Memorial services will be held at Dellingers' Funeral Home in Woodstock on Friday at three p.m. The Rev. Walter Lundblad will officiate. Then, with family and close friends, we will take him to a high mountain trail and outcropping of rocks which was very special to him, his dad and myself..... and there, we will return unto the earth what is of the earth. What is of the Lord has already made its' journey thereunto.
There will be another memorial service held on Monday at Ferrum College at 4 p.m.
Early Tuesday morning I was awakened by two uniformed officers who had come to tell me that my son, Eric, who was to graduate with honors next month, had died hours ago in a car crash. ~ His letter of acceptance to William and Mary College, to complete his Masters' Degree, had come just that very day. ~ I had called and left a message on his voice mail so that I could tell him this. ~ Eric never arrived back to his room to receive that much anticipated and ~longed-for~ news. ~He and two friends, also students at Ferrum, had gone to a meeting and then to Rocky Mount for something to eat. ~They were nearly back at the college when something large loomed into view. Eric swerved to avoid collision with it, apparently lost control of the car and went over an embankment where the car slammed up against a tree with such great force at the drivers' door that it is certain that Eric was killed immediately. ~ The other two young men were hurt but are going to be okay.
Dear Son, Eric;
tell me, you are dead...... I know that is not
I see you now
And so - this is
not good-bye - but hello.
And so it is that
these words have come from my heart ....
Your Mom & mother ~ April 4, 1996
Eric Lee Baker, 22, of Woodstock, passed away Monday at Franklin Memorial Hospital, in Rocky Mount, Virginia. Eric was born July 1, 1973, in Woodstock. He was the beloved son of Roger L. and Nina R. Baker and a senior at Ferrum College.
Surviving, along with his parents, are grandparents, Clyde and Roberta Spence of Quicksburg, two sisters, Jeanne M. Dingus, of Strasburg and Catherine C. Colgan of Woodstock, two stepbrothers, Brian Baker and Jamie Baker, both of Bayse, "Peach" (M. A. Pichey) of Woodstock, and a special Great Aunt, "Maggie" Magdeline Smith of Chicago, Illinois and 9 nieces and nephews.
His achievements, Honors and activities include ....