Walter (TOP) Lee Waldrop, age 83, joined his Lord in Heaven, on June 3, 2019. Funeral services will be 10am, Friday, June 7, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Dr., Waco. The family will receive visitors from 6-8 pm Thursday, June 6, at the funeral home.
Always called by his nickname, Top was born January 14, 1936 in Itasca, Texas to Walter and Gladys Waldrop. He enlisted January 1952 in the US Air Force, then re-enlisted on Jan 26, 1956 in the US Air Force in Dallas, TX. He received the following honors: good conduct, National Defense Service medals, secret clearance 4-20-59, HW 36th ACFT OBSR TMGWG (ATC) Harrington Air Force. The Korean War was a big accomplishment for him, he remembered it well. Top spent time in every state in the US and as well as living in Italy, Rome, Africa, and Alaska. He married Charlene Howell in 1941 and stayed in England Air Force Base in Louisiana.
Life as Top knew it revolved around the love of his Family and Faith. His philosophy was always say three words to every person that touches your life: before the phone hangs up, before you leave, or any way you speak the love from your heart. (The words I Love You). It made us better people to hold that thought.
On June 2, 2019, Top played with his grandchildren and spoke to all his family, listened, laughed, told jokes, told on all of his grandkids stunts. He told his daughter, he would keep holding her hand. He had the best of both worlds with his newest great-great grandson, Hagen Dean, playing on his legs and him just laughing. He had five generations of kids with him, three grandsons and their wives, 8 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
Top was preceded in celebration by his parents, Walter and Gladys; brothers, Leo and Harold; sister, Patsy; and wife, Charlene Faye Waldrop.
He is survived by one brother, Bill Waldrop and wife, Carolyn; Daughter, Janice and husband Robert Ketcher, of Ross; grandsons, Larry and wife, Lindsay Waldrop of Eddy, Robert and wife, Janet Ketcher of Axtell, Kyle and wife, Rachel Ketcher of Ross; great grandchildren: Michelle, Justin, and Jordan Ketcher; Brianna, Brandon, and Evan Waldrop; William and Raelynn Ketcher; great-great grandson, Hagen Dean Ketcher.