Bobby Wayne (Flashbulb) Baker
What song most reminds you of
your school days?
What teacher most influenced
Miss Morgan, Mrs. Hodges, Mr. Towery
Which reunions have you
10th, 30th, 40th
Which was your favorite?
10th and 40th
Fondest memories of your days at
My dream was to be on the football team.
All of the guys that went to Central will know what I
mean when I say, "I would rather sit on the bench for
Central than to play at City". I had learned to play a
trumpet during my three years at Lookout Jr. High and
spent many a Saturday morning at City playing with kids
from other junior high schools. I was exposed to a lot
of City folks. I did not get to play football, nor get
to sit on the bench because I had a physical problem in
my right hip and could not take a chance on getting it
broken. Instead, I became a photographer and traveled
with the football team to all of the away games and was
at the home games to take pictures from the sidelines.
Remember the Oak Ridge game when it rained buckets of
water the entire game. I took the picture of the
scoreboard after the game showing Central 6 and Oak
Ridge 0. Go Mallet! I believe he floated over the goal
line. Central is where I met the love of my life, Gayle
Beason, class of '59. We married in '61 while we were
both attending Tennessee Tech.
My life since graduation:
Gayle and I have have been married 48 years,
49 in January, and live in Acworth, Georgia. We have
one son, Mike and two daughters, Cindy and Amy. They
all live within 20 miles of us, and have given us seven
grandchildren and one great grandchild. The
grandchildren are five boys and two girls (twins). The
great is a boy. My 92 year old dad lives with us since
my mom passed away in 1996. We currently have five
generations of Baker boys alive. Both of Gayle's
parents have passed away.
I began working for Southern Railway in July of '60 and
would come home on weekends to work, then back to
Cookeville on Sunday evening. I went full time when the
boss told me to either go to school and quit work, or
work and quit school because they needed me to be full
time. I quit school. When I retired on February 1,
2000, I had worked 40 years.
Today I am a blessed man. My health is not the best,
but I don't have to look very far to find someone that
is worse off than I am. I am puzzled by people that
display the popular bumper sticker, "Jesus is my
co-pilot." Brother/Sister, if he is only your co-pilot,
you better move over and let him be your pilot! God
Bless you all, and I hope to see you at the 50th Reunion
in July 2010.