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Social Worker,”Eastern Shore Citizen of the Year” Sharone White Bailey Murdered

Sharone White Bailey. Photo courtesy of would like to offer its condolescences to the family of Sharone White Bailey, MSW, a National Association of Social Workers member who was stabbed to death July 9. For more information on the crime, read this article on

White Bailey, 57, who lived in Exmore on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, was part owner and clinical director for Therapeutic Interventions in Belle Haven. Therapeutic Interventions is a community mental health provider that has served more than 400 children since it launched two years ago.

White Bailey was known for her generosity and was named 2010 Eastern Shore Citizen of the Year just three weeks ago. She leaves behind husband Roland “Butch” Bailey Jr. and stepdaughters Rori Bailey and Dana Bailey. To read her obituary click here.

Suspect Derrick Demond Epps, 36, was arrested soon after White Bailey’s body was found in her home. According to White Bailey’s family Epps suffered from mental illness and White Bailey tried to help him.

“She didn’t expect he would be that violent,” Roland Bailey told the Virginian-Pilot in this article. “He needed help and apparently he didn’t get it quick enough.”

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  1. This is very sad…I believe that social workers sometimes do not realize the degree of the danger they face each day when working with the mentally impaired. My sympathy and prayers go out to her family.

  2. My prayers are with her family. may she rest in peace knowing she worked hard to make others’ lives better.

  3. My prayers go out to Sharone White Bailey’ family. I am in first year MSW, and I believe those in my class and I have a calling to help people. Sharone’s shoes will be hard to fill, but we have a role model to follow. I live in New Mexico, and I am Native American, and I believe nationality across the country brings us together as social worker.

  4. I am just learning of the passing of my friend Sharone. We attended Norfolk State University where we both majored in social work and then went off together to Ohio State University to work on the Masters in Social Work. While we lost contact over the last 10 years, we would occassionally connect and remember. My prayers are with the family and the social work community.

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