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The Rev. William Robert Baker, Sr.


Registration number 20070707J


This certifies that the heraldic arms of The Rev. William Robert Baker, Sr. are registered as an original design and are described by the blazon below

Arms: Vert, thirteen estoiles Argent, on a chief dovetailed Sable fimbriated Or three garbs of the same banded Vert.
Crest: From a wreath of the colors a demi-bear Sable armed, orbed and holding a shepherd's crook Or.
Motto: Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
Badge: On a pellet fimbriated Or, a garb of the same banded Vert.


Biographical note

Born in Alabama 4 June 1926, Rev. Baker is the oldest child of Robert Lee Baker and Mary Estelle Milam. He served two years in the South Pacific during World War II before attending Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. Rev. Baker has been involved in the ministry for 59 years, 48 of which were spent as a full-time pastor. He was ordained as a Bishop in the Church of God of Cleveland, Tennessee in 1956. He is currently retired and resides in Childersburg, Alabama.

He married Beulah Johnson on 14 December 1946, to whom he remains happily married. Together they raised three children, Janice Elaine Hagee, Deborah Jean Denton and the Rev. William Robert Baker, Jr. They are the grandparents of 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Design rationale

The green of the field was chosen as a symbol of hope and vitality. The estoiles are a reference to the state of Alabama, specifically the Leonid Meteor Showers as immortalized in the song "Stars Fell On Alabama." There are thirteen to make a Baker's dozen. The garbs are yet another cant on the name Baker, while the dovetailed partition line is a nod to the family's Pentecostal heritage.

The bear of the crest was chosen to represent strength and ferocity in the protection of one's kin. The shepherd's crook which it grasps is representative of the ministry.

The motto is taken from the book of Proverbs, Chapter 1, verse 7

Registered by

Jonathan Robert Baker

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