Lester “Gene” Baker, age 69, of Piney Flats, Tenn., passed away on Monday, January 10, 2022 at Johnson City Medical Center. He was born July 20, 1952 in Bluff City, Tenn., a son of the late Carl Eugene and Geneva Mae Proffitt Baker. Lester was a lifelong resident of the Bluff City area. He was U.S. Army Veteran serving in Vietnam where he was awarded Silver Star. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Trula Baker and Brenda Baker.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Hilliard; son, Jonathan Hilliard (Rhenae); grandsons, Jacob, Ethan and Jordan; brother, Lonnie Baker (Amanda); and sister, Glenda Hatcher (Mike).

The funeral service will be held 11:00 am Monday, January 17, 2022 at Mountain Home National Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard DAV 39. The family will receive friends Friday, January 14, 2022 from 1 until 2:00 p.m. at Weaver Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Jonathan Hilliard, Lonnie Baker, Jacob Hilliard, Ethan Hilliard, Jordan Hilliard, Dylan Sims, Carl Baker and Jake Nelson.

Arrangements have been made with Weaver Funeral Home and Cremation Services.