Curtain closes on long career

Published 11:21 am Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bertie County Commission Chairman L.C. Hoggard III (left) presents a plaque of appreciation to retiring Register of Deeds Belinda White. Joining him in the presentation are (from left) Commissioner Rick Harrell, J. Wallace Perry, Norman M. Cherry Sr. and Charles L. Smith. Staff Photo by Thadd White

WINDSOR – More than four decades of service will come to an end Dec. 3.

The service of Bertie County Register of Deeds Belinda White will end that morning with her official retirement from office.

White has served in her current post since 1988 when she was elected to the first of what turned out to be six terms in office. In total, White has served 36 years in the Register of Deeds office and five additional years in public schools.

Monday night, the Bertie County Board of Commissioners presented White a plaque for her years of dedicated service to the people of Bertie County.

“We say thank you for everything you have done for the citizens of this county,” Bertie County Commission Chairman L.C. Hoggard III said. “We wish you well as you head into a new phase of your life.”

White said she intended to continue working until her final day in office, but also looked forward to retirement.

“I want to say thank you to the citizens of Bertie County for their faith and trust in me all these years,” she said. “I also want to thank the commissioners for their support over the years. They have helped me move the office forward.”

White chose not to see reelection this year and will be replaced by her Assistant Register of Deeds, Annie Wilson, on Monday, Dec. 3.