Cpt. Baker L. Peebles USN (Ret)
Funeral Date: 7/11/2018

Capt. Baker L. Peebles USN. (Ret) age 88 of Hermitage, AR died Saturday, July 7th, 2018 at his home. He was born March 25th, 1930 in Dumas, AR a son of the late Lawrence Peebles and Maurice Baker Peebles. He was a graduate of the Portland Public Schools System, attended the University of the Ozarks College where he was the first graduating Pharmacy class of 1952, and he retired from Pharmacy at Gannaway Drug Store in 2016. Baker spent his career as a Commander in the United States Navy with 26 years of service. In the Navy he served in Vietnam, he was one of few men to ever have 5 different commands in his career serving under Admiral Tidd and Admiral Zumwalt. Baker commanded Naval bases in the Barbados British West Indies, San Salvador, Bamahas, the Naval Reserve Station in Camden, AR. He was Commander of recruiting in Little Rock, AR from 1972 till 1974, where he had the highest recruiting class in the nation, and his last Duty Command was in Argentia, Newfoundland Canada. Baker served 2 years in the Pentagon, Washington DC, working with the Joints Chief of Staff. Baker graduated the Navy Command and Staff Center in Newport, Rhode Island, he graduated the National War College, Class of 1974 in Washington, DC. In his career he received numerous awards for his service, Navy Commendation Medal w/1 Gold Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal w/2 Gold Stars, Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Citation (Gallantry Cross) Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Color with Palm, Meritorious Unit Commendation w/1 Bronze Star. Baker was a 33rd -degree Master Mason, serving in Lodge 264 of Hermitage, AR and Smackover, AR. He received the Pillar of Solomon Award, was a member of the Scottish Rite, the Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Warren, AR and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hermitage, AR. He is survived by his wife, Edith Hodges Peebles, whom he married December 25th , 1952 in Smackover, AR. 2 sons, Larry Peebles and spouse Becky Anthony, Wynne, AR and Jeff Peebles and spouse Annette, Hermitage, AR. A daughter Mandy Miles, Norphlet, AR. 6 grandchildren Missy Hodges, George Miles, Michael Peebles, Lena Peebles, David Peebles and James Peebles, Jr. 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral service was 2:00PM Wednesday, July 11th at Frazerís Chapel with Rev. Wayman Mann and Rev. Marty Reep officiating. Linda Barrett was organist. Burial was in Holly Springs Cemetery with Military Honors by Frazerís Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Tracy Hodges, George Miles, Austin Groves, James Peebles, Raima Pratt, Mike Peebles, and David Peebles. Honorary pallbearers were The Bradley County Veterans Museum, Masonic Lodge # 264, James Ederington, and Wayne Ederington.



Name: Janice Ivey-curbow
Message: We are so sorry for your loss He was a dear man Prayers

Name: Linda and Steve Pennington-Jones
Message: Ms. Edith and family I am so sorry for your loss.Mr,Baker was such a sweet man.He taught me a lot when we worked together.He loved his family.I loved hearing about all the places he had been while serving our country.He will be missed by all that knew him.May God give each of you comfort and peace at this time and the days to come

Name: Heather Perry

Name: Merline Pinson
Message: So sorry to hear of your loss.May God give each of you comfort and peace

Name: Michael Shoptaw
Message: I am so sorry to hear of Bakerís passing. He is a great man and my dad, Buford, always spoke highly of him. He will be missed.

Name: Jim and Linda Davis
Message: Edie and family, we loved Baker so much. He was such a blessing to us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Name: Michael Frisby
Message: So sorry to hear about your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Name: Midge McGinnis
Message: I am so sorry for your loss.Baker will be missed by all his friends. May God comfort you now and in the days to come.

Name: Sam and Leah St. John
Message: Dear Mrs. Edith, We are deeply sorry for your loss. It was a great honor knowing Mr. Baker. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Name: Edward Rankin
Message: Capt Peebles was my Commanding Officer at Barbados West Indies. He always looked after his men. It was my pleasure knowing him. R.I.P Sir, I have the watch.

Name: Ann Curry
Message: Ms. Edie: I was so sorry to read of the passing of Mr Peebles. He was so well thought of in the community and the many friends you all had. I still miss visiting with you at Timmys every week. Thoughts and prayers to you.

Name: Gilbert Rocha Jr
Message: Thank you Sir for your leadership and guidance. NAVFACARG 1979. CPT Rocha Ret Army(then YN3 Rocha)

Name: George Murry ET1
Message: I am saddened to hear of Capt. Peebles passing. I served with him in Barbados 1969-1971. Praying for the family.

Name: Horace Williams
Message: My deepest condolences to the family. Fair winds and following seas to you sailor. Valhalla awaits a true patriot.

Name: Richard & Janice Hoffmann
Message: A finer Officer and gentleman does not exist, it was our honor to serve under his command in Argentia. Janice and I are saddened by his passing and send our prayers to the family in this time of grief

Name: Al Past
Message: A wonderful Commanding Officer, a gentleman, and a dear friend to my wife and I over the decades since. We will miss him.

Name: Robert McDaniel
Message: Captain Peebles was a great Naval Officer and a fine gentleman. I has the pleasure of serving in his command at Argentina, Newfoundland. Sorry to hear of his passing.

Name: Karen Wiscaver
Message: Jeff and family you are in my thoughts and prayers for the loss of your dear loved one. I know Jesus will deliver in you peace and comfort.

Name: Mike Noonan
Message: Our deepest sympathies. Itís hard losing a dad. Stay strong!

Name: Mike Noonan
Message: Edie and family... we are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Name: Anita Harrod

Name: Anita Harrod
Message: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Ms. Edith. Much love.

Name: Marlene Elliott
Message: I have no words to express the sadness I feel for the passing of this remarkable man. To say he was my hero would be an understatement. My heart goes out to Mrs. Edie and the family. Praying for their comfort.

Name: Susan Scott
Message: Mr. Baker was such a sweet person. Always enjoyed visiting with you both. Prayers for you and your family

Name: John Honeycutt
Message: Mr. Pebbles was the best Commanding officer I ever had in the navy. Thank you sir. God Bless. You now have the watch over us all.

Name: Les Polk
Message: Not only was he a great Commanding Officer , he was also a great human being. Fair winds and Folling seas, ship mate.

Name: Linda Cathey
Message: So sorry for your loss. Mr. Baker Was a wonderful man .he was a friend to my daughter Sharon Summerford at the drug store . She spoke very highly of him.

Name: Patti abd Donnie Bryant


Name: Teresa & Keith Thornton
Message: Our thoughts and prayers to the Family, a great friend and a wonderful person

Name: Andrew Pritt
Message: Sir, it was an honor in my lifetime to know you. When I heard you died today, it broke my heart, but I know like my father, who was your friend, and followed close behind you that you both are in Heaven. Thank you for the many kindnesses you showed me.

Name: ladane rodgers
Message: Edie and family, My prayers are with you. Baker and I went to Hermitage school together, shared reunions, schoolmates and military service. I greatly miss him.

Name: Tammy Evans Hensley

Name: Russ and Linda Hendricks
Message: Sadden for your loss of this wonderful man, he meant a lot to our family.


Name: Brent Strickland

Name: Jeanette Power
Message: So sorry for your loss. Capt. Pebbles was a wonderful CO and above all a fantastic person. I was stationed in Argentia when he was CO.

Name: Mark Dix
Message: Rest well sir. A fair CO whom I served under in Argentia.

Name: Miki Tsujimoto
Message: I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss Mr. Baker so much. I never forget that he was always nice and kind to me and wanted to share his stories in Japan. He also treated me as his good friend, and I always appreciate it. I am sending my prayers. I really miss you.