Sallie Lyons Baker

June 10, 1922 ~ June 15, 2012 (age 90)


Ninety years ago, June 10, 1922, Sallie Mentoria Lyons was born to Lula Mae Lyons in Davie County. She was one of five siblings. On June 15, 2012, she closed her eyes and peacefully went to be reunited with her mother, Lula Mae Lyons; her husband, Felin Baker; three brothers, Minister Robert Lyons, Lester (Julia) Lyons, and Lonnie Lyons; and other relatives and loved ones. Sallie attended school in Davie County and entered the workplace at an early age. She often wished she could have gotten more education. Sallie worked hard at many domestic jobs throughout Davie County before retiring to take care of her ill husband. The movie, "The Help" reminded her of the hard work she had to endure in her lifetime. At a young age, Sallie met and married the love of her life, Felin Baker. Felin enlisted in the United States Army during WWII and Sallie migrated to New York to work in a factory making army supplies. After the war, the couples returned home to Mocksville. They were happily married well over fifty years. After becoming a widow in 1990, Sallie started traveling. She had the opportunity to travel with her cousin Earle Smith up the east coast from Florida to Massachusetts and to Canada, New Orleans, and Chicago. She would let you know where and what she had done and seen on these vacations. She often remarked that New York was not the same as it was when she lived there. Sallie eagerly awaited Earle's bi-monthly visits for their planned outings together. They would go shopping in Winston-Salem, sometimes visit her sister and eat out at the Golden Corral where they had become regulars to the working staff. Sallie loved her church, Shiloh Baptist. She was a proud, faithful, supporting member and was known for her fashionable dresses and beautiful hats. She held many positions over the years including member of the choir, missionary society, kitchen committee, Vacation Bible School teacher, and her favorite - teaching Sunday school. She enjoyed the trips to High Point for the annual Sunday School Picnic. She loved to talk about improving the attendance and participation of young men and children in church. Sallie was the oldest member of the Rose-De-Moll Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #531 where she served faithfully. You could see her at the Mocksville Picnic selling dinners as a fundraiser for the lodge until there was no longer a picnic on the Saturday following the 2nd Thursday in August. She was a member of the NAACP and represented Davie County as Mother of the Year. Sallie loved growing flowers, especially African Violets, but red roses were her special flower. May the faith she had be a mirror for her sister, Eva Hanes of Winston-Salem, NC; sisters-in-law, Ruby B. Lyons and Inez Mayfield of Mocksville, NC; cousin ("daughter") Earle L. Smith of Salisbury, NC; great nephew, Edward (Mary) Johnson of Mocksville; special friends, Rev. Dr. Donald (Linda) Jenkins and Shannon Buchanan both of Winston-Salem; many nieces including Rachael Fowler or Mocksville, NC, Shirley Lyons and Alice Lyons of Lewiston, NC, Marie Lyons and Jackie Lyons of Durham, NC, Edna Lyons and Janice Lyons of Advance, NC, Carolyn Lyons of Atlanta, GA, Matilda Lyons of Kernersville, NC; and many other nieces-in-law, family and friends. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Sallie Lyons Baker please visit our Sympathy Store.

Cemetery Details

Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery



JUN 19. 2:00 PM (EDT)

Shiloh Baptist Church

544 E Depot Street

Mocksville, NC

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