Mrs. Linda M. Butler-Baker passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2022, 11:00 a.m., at Ray Williams Memorial Chapel, 301 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL. 33606 with Pastor Geowrena Solomon, Officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery. MASK RECOMMENDED.
Linda was born on April 5, 1957, in Tampa, FL to the parentage of Della Mae and Zemberiah (ZB) Butler. Her Christian education and knowledge began at home and blossomed when she was baptized at Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church of Tampa, FL. She was first educated at home, as well as by her parents, her maternal grandmother, her older siblings, and the Hillsborough County School System. After high school graduation, she married U.S. Army Sergeant Eugene Baker, where she and her three sons traveled as a military family from duty stations in the U. S. as well as in Germany. Upon returning to Tampa, Linda continued her education in the medical field where she became a very well sought-after Private Home Healthcare provider. Another one of Linda’s extraordinary talents was her cooking for large crowds, most definitely a talent she inherited from her late, Mother Della Mae. While our sorrow is strong, we rejoice in knowing that heaven has another angel that we know will continue to watch over all of us.
She leaves to cherish her memories: 3 very loving, dedicated, and protective sons, Alfonso D. Strong (Angela), Zemberiah Strong (Erica), and Sharnell D. Strong, Sr. (Johnise), all of Tampa, FL.; 2 brothers, David G. Denson II, and Nathaniel Butler, Sr. (Martha) all of Tampa, FL.; 1 sister, Constance D. Brown (Leroy); 1 nephew who was raised as a brother, Mikel Jones (Rosa); 1 niece who was raised as a sister, Charlene Davis; another niece, Sylvia Johnson (Herbert) to whom she shared the privilege of raising from 8 years old of age and who returned her love and became Linda’s round the clock caretaker and strongest healthcare advocate; grandsons, Zemberiah (Zee) Strong, Sharnell D. Strong, Jr., Jay D. Strong, Shamell D. Strong, Sekani D. Strong, Daniel and Leron; granddaughters, Nolicia Strong, Deja Strong, Carmen Strong, Solei D. Strong, Shanell D. Strong, Kia and Julissa; 2 great grandson, Sharnell D. Strong, III and Diego LeBron; 2 great-granddaughters, Deija LeBron and Nyla Steadman; 3 other nieces, Tanya Williams (Roy), Doris Williams (Terry) and, Termira Nicholson, 9 other nephews, Henry Adkins, Jr., Herbert Williams, Jr., Nathaniel Butler, Jr., Darrell Turner, David G. Denson, III, Lavoisier Denson, Decarlos Denson, Shannon Denson, David J. Denson and Demerrick; bonus sons and daughter, Torrey Damen, Reggie Housely and Tia Evans; daughter-at-heart and healthcare advocate, Angela Murphy; 4 sisters-at-heart, Deborah Kirk-Warr, Debra Munn, Darlene Zeigler and Janice Fudge; and a host of many other second and third generation nieces and nephews, cousins and village family members never to be forgotten, but too numerous to be listed at this time.
The visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Ray Williams Funeral Home, 301 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606. MASK RECOMMENDED.