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Henry Bailey White

East Corinth, Vt. — Henry Bailey White, 80, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Vt.

He was born at his family home in Corinth on Dec. 19, 1931. He was the fourth child of seven born to Worthy D. and Olive (Hastings) White.

He attended a one-room school in South Corinth and then Bradford Academy, graduating in 1950. He served in the Air Force from 1951 until 1954, attached to the U.S. embassy in Belgium but traveling throughout much of Europe. He then came home to help on the family farm when his father became ill. He worked a short time for Pratt and Whitney in West Hartford, Conn., before again returning to the farm in Vermont. He met Joyce Mary Shores and they were married on July 21, 1956. Henry became the rural mail carrier out of the East Corinth Post Office from 1958 through 1973. He then took a position as a clerk at the White River Junction Post Office until 1975, at which time he was appointed postmaster at the Vershire, Vt., office, a position he held until 1988, when he retired to spend time with his wife, who had cancer.

Henry was also a member of the East Corinth Fire Department, where he served for a time as secretary and treasurer. He had a great interest in the family genealogy and enjoyed talking about family stories to anyone who took the time to listen. In his younger years, when his wife was alive, he really enjoyed attending area dances. Each spring, he always looked forward to the maple sugaring season and even as his health deteriorated he could still be found in the sugar house. He gave generously to family and charities alike.

Henry was predeceased by his wife, Joyce Mary (Shores) White, on Aug. 25, 1990, his parents, Worthy D. and Olive (Hastings) White, and one sister, Silvette (White) Gardner.

He will be greatly missed by his entire family including his children, Roxann W. McLam and husband, Michael, of Williamstown Vt., William H. White and wife, Judith, of Bradford, Vt., Anthony L. White and wife, Kathy, of Roxbury, Vt., Bradley J. White of East Corinth Vt.; his grandchildren, Angela Welch, Arrin Robinson, Elisha McLam, Amanda Smith, Laura McLam, Samantha White, Janice McLam, Ashley Griffin, Joshua White, Stacy McLam, Danielle Achilles, Taylor White and their spouses and significant others; his 11 great-grandchildren; as well as his brothers and sisters, Dustin White and his wife, Jane, Paul White and his wife, Dorothy, Jeannine Ricker and her husband, Arnold, Janet White, Joan Hubbard and her husband, Frank, and all of his large extended family.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at 1 p.m. in the East Corinth Congregational Church, with the Rev. Michael Cadwell officiating. Burial will be private and at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Henry’s memory to the East Corinth Congregational Church Food Shelf, of which Henry was a great supporter, 645 Village Road, East Corinth Vt. 05040.

The Hale Funeral Home of Bradford, Vt., is in charge of arrangements.

To view an online guest book, go to www.halefuneralhomes.com.