Hallett Parlett Baile, Social Services official

November 11, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Hallett Parlett Baile, a retired supervisor with the Carroll County Department of Social Services, died Saturday of cancer at the Longview Nursing Home in Manchester. He was 56.

In 1954 while working a summer job, he was thrown from a delivery truck that was struck by an automobile. The truck rolled over him, leaving his legs paralyzed. Mr. Baile, who had played basketball, football and baseball at New Windsor High School, refused to let his paralysis defeat him. He played wheelchair basketball which enabled him to travel around the United States. He won two gold medals in U.S. Wheelchair Games.

After graduating with honors from New Windsor High in 1958, he attended the University of Illinois for about two years. He returned to New Windsor and worked several jobs before joining the county social services agency in 1969 as an income maintenance supervisor.

"His greatest virtue was his self-esteem," said Bob Cairns, a boyhood friend and director of electronic media at North Carolina State University. "I knew of no one who had better self-esteem. He didn't let anything get in his way. He knew he could basically do anything and he did."

"The doctors gave him one chance in five of surviving. Baile not only beat those odds -- he has lived ever since in the truest sense of the word," Mr. Cairns wrote in Quest Magazine in 1978.

"I totally forgot that he was in a wheelchair," said longtime friend and co-worker Sandra Dull. "He made you realize that he wasn't handicapped. He didn't dwell on being handicapped and wasn't bitter. Hallett was always there for everybody, and he had a keen sense of humor. He was a very caring man."

John E. Baile of Westminster, his brother, said, "Every year he set a goal for himself, and that goal was giving love to someone. Each year the goal was different, and he recorded in a book how he did it. He was a man who never wallowed in self-pity, and his family is all of those who knew him."

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in New Windsor, with interment in Pipe Creek Cemetery.

Other survivors include his mother, Ruth Parlett Baile of New Windsor; a nephew; and a niece.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Stained Glass Window Fund, P.O. Box 250, New Windsor 21776; or the New Windsor Volunteer Fire Company, Ambulance Fund, c/o Jack Coe, P.O. Box 247, New Windsor 21776.

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