Community members remember Sen. Howard Baker

Community members remember Sen. Howard Baker



6 News Reporter

HUNTSVILLE (WATE) - Late Senator Howard Baker left an impression on nearly everything in Scott County, from the town's roads and buildings, to its people. Wherever you walk in the small town of Huntsville, community members not only say they knew Senator Baker, they call him their friend.

"Baker is Scott County. Anywhere you go, they ask you where you're from and you say, we'll Howard Baker lives there, and they'll say oh," said Sandra Hancock.

"He was very well loved, and even though he was a great and wonderful senator, a lot of hometown people called him Howard Henry. We had a great deal of love and respect for him," said Phyllis Coffey.

Coffey calls Huntsville a small knit family town. She was close friends with Senator Baker's late first wife, Joy. Coffey says the couple always went out of their way to stay connected to the community, no matter where life took the former US Senate Majority Leader.

"We're just so proud to be a part of the community that Senator Baker is from," Coffey said.
The community's pride proved strong Tuesday afternoon, as crowds gathered in front of the First Presbyterian Church to pay their respects to the hometown hero as he was laid to rest in Huntsville.

To the people of East Tennessee, Senator Baker not only made his mark on America, he left behind a legacy in his small Scott County town.

"He's going to be truly, truly missed, but heaven gained an angel," Hancock said.

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