Carlton Carson Baker Born – 1945 OLIVE HILL – Carlton Carson Baker, 61 of Olive Hill, died Friday morning, April 27, in Kings Daughters Medical Center in Ashland. Carson was a son of the late William Lee and Mary M. Suttles Baker. He was a member of the Olive Hill First Baptist Church where he sang with the choir and assisted with the church youth. He was an active member of the Carter County Shrine Club, a past coach of the Olive Hill Little League and Senior League Baseball. He was a member of the Olive Hill Masonic Lodge 629, the Scottish Rites, and El Hasa Temple. Born December 26, 1945, he grew up and lived his childhood days in the Lando Mining Camp Community of Delbarton, WV. His elementary school years were spent in Olive Hill. His family later moved to Grayson where he graduated from Prichard High School. As a 1964 graduate of Prichard High School, he was a member of the school basketball and baseball teams, where he learned extra effort, mental toughness, and teamwork were elements of success. He carried these attributes throughout life and taught them to those around him. Both God and family were of utmost importance. In 1970 he married Sharon Loy Miller Cundiff and enjoyed an enduring marriage spanning 37 years. Together they had two sons and four grandchildren. Carson medically retired from Mansbach Metal. He enjoyed activites with the Shrine Hillbillies, bluegrass music, horse shows, camping and fishing, and boating. He was the family religious counselor. He loved his family and believed family was everything. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, William David Baker, Gordon Bradley Baker, and Arthur Eugene Baker. Carson is survived by his wife, Sharon Loy Miller Cundiff Barker of Olive Hill; two sons, David Aaron Cundiff and wife Diana of Olive Hill and Jonathon Wayne Cundiff and wife Kim of Olive Hill; one brother, Charles Baker of Grayson; three sisters, Diane Elliott of Grayson, Rhonda Roark of Somerset, and Pam Hensley of Madison, Ohio; four grandchildren, Bradley Joseph Cundiff, Dalton Wayne Cundiff, Travis Aaron Cundiff, and Kyle Daniel Cundiff. Memorial service was conducted Tuesday, May 1 at the Olive Hill First Baptist Church, officiated by Mark Lily and Mike Blankenship. Burial followed in Garvin Ridge Cemetery, followed by Masonic Rites at the cemetery.
Submitted by: Linda Cheeks Pittano