Henry Fay Baldwin, IV

September 1, 1947June 27, 2018

Henry Fay Baldwin age 70, of West University, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in Hospice Care.

Henry was born in El Paso, Texas. He was the son of Henry Fay Baldwin, III and Laurene Magee Baldwin.

Henry was a graduate of Permian High School, Odessa, Texas and a graduate of Austin, College in Sherman, Texas with a B. A. degree in Philosophy and Religion.

Henry was very active in Scrabble. He associated with the North American Scrabble Players Association and Scrabble Club #359 receiving an award for achieving 500 winning games. A vacancy now exists in the Houston Scrabble community. He enjoyed spending time with his wife Bea and friends. He leaves behind a close knit group of long-time friends that will miss his friendship, conversation and laughter!

Henry is preceded in death by his wife Beatrice Wilkins and both his parents. He is survived by his sister, Melissa Baldwin Castracane of PA, his niece Stacy Lynn Ingle of Austin, Texas and his nephew Anthony Baldwin McCall of Skokie, Illinois.


  • Memorial Service Friday, July 20, 2018

Henry Fay Baldwin, IV

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Margaret Bee

July 11, 2018

I always enjoyed playing Scrabble with Henry. He was always friendly and polite. I have always been impressed with his loyalty to his friends and those for whom he cared.

Penelope Jank

July 7, 2018

I enjoyed serving with Henry on the AARP chapter 50 board. He will be greatly missed.

Patricia Barrett

July 7, 2018

I'm so sad to learn of Henry's passing. He was so kind, so friendly and so generous with his advice to the newcomers at our Scrabble club. His laugh was amazing, setting the whole room abuzz. I'll miss that.

I shared financial planning and estate planning information with him as we dined near the club. He was anxious for knowledge on these topics, but especially knowledge of words.

He loved to spring an unusual one on unsuspecting rivals across the board.

This is truly a loss to all who knew him.

Deanne Dorsa

July 7, 2018

Henry was truly a scholar and a gentleman. His impressive word knowledge, quick wit and infectious laugh were greatly enjoyed within the Scrabble community. How appropriate that "henry" is an acceptable word in Scrabble play. Henry, you will be sorely missed.

Sharon Holub

July 7, 2018

Henry and I also go back many years with our friendship. I met Henry at La Rochelle apartments the summer of 1971, and we remained friends from then on. We didn't touch base on a regular basis, but whenever we did text or talk on the phone, we picked up where we had left off from the time before. We think of people who march to their own drummer, and Henry definitely did that! I was always amazed at Henry's diversity. Most of us choose a path in life and we stay the course. Henry's path was filled with so much variety! We shared a September 1 birth date, and I will miss our yearly lunches to celebrate that. As we planned ahead, he would tell me that he had invited Mrs. Trump. Too funny. This Red Hatter/chubby bunny friend will miss his occasional calls to "the hutch hotline". He was truly one of a kind, and I know his many friends will miss him.

Phyllis Vargas

July 5, 2018

I always enjoyed playing scrabble and talking to you. I will miss those times and am sad that they will not be repeated. Rest in Peace.

Arlene Abbas

July 3, 2018

Henry was not just a name....a dear friend, brother and much more to others. I was fortunate to have Henry as my dearest friend for 40 + plus years. No matter what the adversity, Henry always had an award winning, beautiful smile for all. Henry's past time to play scrabble twice a week and his love to live in West U. and passion for Classical music kept Henry a happy man. He was loved by all, no doubt about it will be and will be missed more than words can say. I will miss Henry's 2 a.m. phone calls while he was eating his tacos. Yes Henry, you will be missed deeply, but will always be remembered by all, especially by me! As always, Arlene

Shirley Petrey

July 3, 2018

Henry we were friends for so many years
trying not to shed a lot of tears
remembering your deep love of a new word
They will all be there when you meet our lord
Henry I will miss you and your hearty laugh and our deep discussions about life. Your friend Shirley

Kathy Johnson

July 3, 2018

You shall be missed Henry.

Michael Wilkens

June 30, 2018

Henry usually bore an engaging grin and a chuckle despite having endured an accident which resulted in a cranial plate. A graduate of Austin College he majored in Religion, and was a member of the tennis team.
His Bible was filled with notes and underscored passages suggesting that he knew that there existed a greater power than what he esperienced around him.
His career path took him to West Texas oilfields with Halliburton to an offshore seismic vessel; from housepainting and cooking at Denny's -- a potpouri of jobs including selling real estate. And then there was Scrabble ...
Henry, may you be welcomed by the author of the verses you earmarked and studied while in college, finding that their words ring true.