James Randle Baber
James Randle Baber was born on Nov. 3, 1941 in Burkburnett, Texas to Thomas and Edith Baber. He passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Plano, Texas. Visitation will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Commerce. A funeral service celebrating Jim's life will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the church. Interment will be at Brigham Cemetery.
He grew up in Randlett, Oklahoma with his siblings, Buck, Jack, Joan, Janella and Joyce. Jim attended Big Pasture Schools, and after graduating high school, he attended Cameron College in Lawton, Oklahoma and Southeastern State University in Durant, Oklahoma. He earned a Bachelor's Degree and would later go on to earn his Master's Degree as well at East Texas State University. Jim married Martha Van Loh on Oct. 11, 1963 in St. Cloud, Florida, and there, they began their lives together.
Jim devoted his life to education, teaching at St. Cloud High School before returning to Texas and teaching in Caddo Mills and Campbell where he and Marty raised their three daughters, Kristin Baber Williams, Holly Baber Smith, and Melinda Baber Pease. Jim held almost every job in the school systems that one can have from teaching Driver's Education and Business classes, working as a school counselor, coaching Girls' and Boys' Basketball and finally retiring as Elementary School Principal in Campbell in 2000. After retiring, Jim and Marty enjoyed traveling with his brother and sister-in-law Buck and Judy Baber in their RVs.
He frequented the Rec Center at A&M Commerce and was always active. He was a loving, involved grandfather to his eight grandchildren, constantly taking them on adventures, attending school functions and sporting events, and teaching them all to drive. None of them ever doubted the love he had for them, as he showed it in both words and actions. Jim and Marty were devoted members of First Baptist Church in Commerce, Texas.
All of his life, Jim was a true servant of God. He exuded the type of character and joy that only come from knowing Christ personally.
He is survived by his wife Marty, his brothers Buck and Jack, sister Janella, in-laws Judy Baber, Tommy Cornstubble, daughters Kris, Holly, and Mindy, sons-in-law Doug, Rick, and John, grandchildren Emily and Caine Taylor, Caleb and Megan Williams, Olivia Williams, Saylor and Sutton Smith, and Claire and Luke Pease, and his great-granddaughter, Lyla Taylor as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Edith Baber, his sisters Joyce and Joan, and his niece Brenda Tabion.
While all of these things are true about James Randle Baber, they cannot truly capture the man we all knew and loved. He was steadfast, talented, brilliant, hilarious, and Godly. He set a wonderful example for those around him of what it means to know and trust in the Lord. He loved music and jokes and the outdoors. He could fix anything that was broken or make anything you needed. He lived his life with integrity. No one ever left his presence without feeling heard and valued and probably being told a corny joke or two. He will be missed by everyone who knew him, but the hope we have in Jesus is that we will all see him again someday.
Published on October 17, 2019


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Sherry Malone
Oct 19, 2019
This obituary is beautiful..
Mr.Baber..you were very well loved and respected by all the students from School that I ever knew..
The last time I saw you and Marty was at one of our class reunions..
I regret that my health and distance has kept me from seeing you, Marty, and your beautiful girls since then..
Love you, miss you and Rest in Peace!
Oct 18, 2019
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Oct 18, 2019
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Faye Farmer Bertelmann
Oct 18, 2019
He was a wonderful teacher for biology, typing, shorthand, and bookkeeping...my favorite male teacher in high school at Caddo Mills. He came into shorthand class late one day which was unusual and was already upset about something. He raised his voice and fussed at me about something which was also unusual. It made me cry, so he kept me after class and apologized. I respected him before then but respected him even more after that. My condolences to all the family. I know you will miss him greatly.
Ronnie M Clack
Oct 17, 2019
My teacher, My Coach, and my friend.