Walter Waldrop

Walter Lee Waldrop

Tuesday, January 14th, 1936 - Monday, June 3rd, 2019
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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.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 6th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, June 6th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Pecan Grove Funeral Home
    3124 Robinson Dr
    WACO, TX 76706
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  • Service

    Friday, June 7th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, June 7th, 2019 10:00am
    Pecan Grove Funeral Home
    3124 Robinson Dr
    WACO, TX 76706
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  • Interment

    Prairie Grove Cemetery
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Teresa Cassidy

Posted at 05:00pm
We at Seniors Complete Insurance are sad to hear that your dad, Walter has passed away.
We know that he will be greatly missed.
May you all find peace in our Lord. May you all be comforted by your memories of Walter.
Teresa Cassidy & Staff

Earnest Grisham

Posted at 04:58pm
My condolences to the Waldrop family. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of dear Walter. Some Bible scriptures that have helped me during times of loss include Isaiah 26:19 and Psalm 37:28,29 which states in part: "Your dead ones will live...They will rise up". And the Bible also says "The righteous themselves will possess the earth and they will forever reside upon it". Therefore the Bible promises that we may be reunited with our loved ones lost in death by means of an earthly resurrection. This is further confirmed by John 5:28,29 which says "Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". This is possible thanks to Jesus Christ's ransom sacrifice. Thus we have a genuine hope of everlasting life in a world without wickedness or suffering.

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