The feeling of a beautiful, blooming Spring was in the air this past Saturday as Mother Willie Mae Yarbrough Baker was farewelled by family, friends, and even a few famous figures. She departed to her eternal rest with a style all her own, amidst a burst of flourishing and colorful floral blooms and copper-colored adornments that added to the subtly prevailing sense of calm and lovely springtime.
Born on March 9, 1946 to the late Willie Robert Yarbrough and Annie Ruth Adams Yarbrough, Ms. Willie Mae Yarbrough Baker was the second eldest in a family of ten children. A native of Putnam County, Georgia, Wille Mae received her primary and secondary education in the Putnam County School System before leaving Eatonton to later move to New Jersey, where she worked in manufacturing. Three years later, she returned to Eatonton and continued her career in manufacturing through employment in local industries; however, she spent the final three and a half decades of her life making a powerful impression in Atlanta, Georgia. Willie Mae gave her life to the Lord at an early age; while young, she joined St. Paul Baptist Church in Milledgeville, GA, where she was a faithful member using her talent to glorify God as the songbird of the choir. She moved to Atlanta, GA in 1985 and became an associate member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where she faithfully participated in worship services and Sunday School for the last 36 years. Willie Mae had a variety of interests; two of her passions were spending time with her family and traveling. She also gave of her time, talent, and skills as a volunteer member of the administrative team for the Tony Young All-Star Karate Academy. She found sincere joy in working as the assistant poll manager during elections, watching soap operas, and meeting the challenge of completing her many word search puzzles. Willie Mae was preceded in death not only by her beloved parents, but also by her baby sister, Mamie Yarbrough; her sister and best friend, Mary “Bonnie” Yarbrough-McBride; and her three brothers, Albert Yarbrough, Robert Yarbrough, and Ulysses Yarbrough.
Willie Mae is survived by three daughters: Barbara Morgan (John) of Conyers, Lisa Clemons (Gerald) of Eatonton, and Felicia Baker of Conyers; one son, Lilton Baker, Jr. of Decatur; one godson, Lilton McGee of Tallahassee, Fl.; eight grandchildren, Clifford Eugene Baker, Shonta Holt-Mitchell, Cathy Holt, Dwayne Clemons, Gerrell Clemons, Deshaun Baker, Justin Stewart, and Omari Hollis; 5 great-grandchildren, Elijah Holt, Christian Mitchell, Zada Clemons, Zalen Clemons, and Dezmond Clemons; one sister, Judy Warthen (Willie) of Eatonton; three brothers, Vernell Adams of New Jersey, Ted Yarbrough (Mary) of Eatonton, and James Yarbrough of Atlanta; one sister-in-law, Shirley Yarbrough of Eatonton; two special friends, Ms. Allene Griffin and Ms. Mary Swain; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Final arrangement entrusted to Hurt’s Funeral Home of Eatonton, 110 N Maple 706-485-3281.