PDG Dr. Harry Baldwin (District 31-B)

PDG Dr. Harry Nea1 Baldwin born July 28, 1927, passed away peacefully June 22, 2013 with his family by his side.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday 11:00 AM, June 25, 2013 at First United Methodist Church of North Wilkesboro with Dr. Keith. Dr. Harry Neal Baldwin born July 28, 1927, passed away peacefully June 22, 2013 with his family by his side.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday 11:00 AM, June 25, 2013 at First United Methodist Church of North Wilkesboro with Dr. Keith Franklin officiating. A private burial with military honors by Post #1142 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard will be held. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.

He was loyal and faithful member of First United Methodist Church in North Wilkesboro, NC since 1958, where he formed and taught a Sunday school class, served as chairmen on church committees, and later trained and served in the Stephens Ministry to provide confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

He was a tireless volunteer and was dedicated to community health. Early in his career as a dentist, his concerns were instrumental in having fluoride added to the local water supply to reduce the occurrence of cavities. He practiced general dentistry for over 42 years and continued to fill in for vacationing dentists after his retirement in 2000. He served on the Board of Directors of the Wilkes County Health Department for 18 years. He also organized and started the Wilkes Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, which is still helping Wilkes residents today. After retirement Dr. Baldwin was an adjunct faculty member at Wilkes Community College Health Division and was instrumental in the success of the Dental Assistants program there. For his work in that program, he was awarded the inaugural Outstanding Dental Professional Award.

Through his work in the Lions Club he helped raise money for the North Carolina Industries for the Blind, the NC Eye Bank, and Camp Dogwood, a vacation retreat for the blind and visually impaired. He volunteered and served in leadership positions for the Lions Club from 1957 to 2013 and was District Governor in 1977. He was elected Chairmen of the Board of Governor’s by his peers. His efforts made the Wilkesboros the host for NC State Lions Convention in 1996. He was also a Lions Club volunteer for Merle Fest. Dr. Baldwin joined the Wilkesboro Town Planning board in 1992 and served as chairman from 2006 to 2010. His service was honored in 2010 by renaming the road in front of his Wilkesboro home to Baldwin Way.

He was born in Bristol, Va. the only son of Rosa M. Baldwin and Henry Neal Baldwin. He was a graduate of Emory & Henry College and The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. He was a veteran of the United States Army during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Elizabeth Baldwin Fletcher.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Maisie Cuddy Baldwin; a son, Ben Baldwin of Winston-Salem; and three grandchildren, Lauren Jacumin, Neal Baldwin, and Carmen Baldwin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in North Wilkesboro, P O Box 1145, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659.

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