SUbscriber Login | NEW SUBSCRIPTION  

Richard (Dick) Dennis Waldrop

  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.
July 10 Richard Waldrop.JPG

Richard (Dick) Dennis Waldrop, 68, of Ruston went to be with the Lord on the 9th of July, 2011 in Ruston after a valiant battle with metastatic bladder cancer.  Visitation will be at Owens Memorial Funeral Home in Ruston on Sunday evening, 10th of July from 5pm to 8pm. Graveside services will be at 10 am, the 11th of July, 2011, at Campground Cemetery, Bienville under the direction of Owens Memorial Funeral Home. Pastor Dalton Shovan of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church and the Rev. Jack Sutton of Bienville Methodist Church will officiate the service.

Mr. Waldrop was born July 11, 1942 in Birmingham, Alabama, the son of Thomas Lemuel Waldrop and Clara Franklin Waldrop.  After serving four years in the US Air Force during the Cuban missile crisis, he followed his father and father-in-law into the natural gas storage industry. He worked for 28 years at Southern Natural Gas Company at facilities in Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana where he retired from Bear Creek storage plant located in Bienville. He was a dynamic member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Ruston since 1980, serving for several years as a board member and vacation Bible school volunteer. Richard was an active member in the Wesley Chapel community, graciously answering calls for help from neighbors and the church.

He was active for many years in setting up the church prayer garden lights each Christmas. He was a skilled mechanic, wood worker, and all around handy man all through his life. He was able to put his gifts and talents to use for family, friends and the Lord, serving on a mission trip to Mexico to help build a church and packing humanitarian supplies for mission work. During his free time, he loved to travel, camp, fish, and vegetable garden. He often traveled with family and friends from California to Maine, with special attention to Amarillo, TX to see family. He was a dedicated husband, father, uncle, and grandfather, being a fine Christian example for his family.

He was a man of few words, but big heart for all that knew him. He cherished many long lasting friendships with his co-workers, neighbors, school and church friends.

Richard is preceded in death by his brother Thomas L. Waldrop, his niece Sherri Waldrop Pagel and his parents. He is survived by his wife of 49 years Alona Bailey Waldrop of Ruston; daughters, Patricia Attebery of Wylie, Texas; Alysa and husband Rick Jarvis of Missouri City, Texas; and Michelle and husband Rick Waldrop-Kelly of Stone Mountain, Georgia; grandchildren, Meghan, Karen, and Taylor Attebery, Tabitha and husband Chris Thompson, Jake and wife Melissa Jarvis, Daniel and Hannah Jarvis, Weatherby and Jeremiah Waldrop-Kelly, and great grandchild, Christian Thompson; his younger brother Harry and sister-in-law Betty Waldrop, and sister-in-law, Jenette Waldrop of Ashville, Alabama; brother-in-law, Nolan and Joanne F. Bailey of Rowlett, Texas; sister-in-law, Ruth Bailey and Samuel Logan of Ruston; brother-in-law,  Anthony and Barbara Bailey of Farmersville, Texas; sister-in-law, Linda Bailey and Louis Gomila of Ringgold; six nieces, seven nephews, and numerous beloved great grand nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to be made to Wesley Chapel UMC Foundation Repair Fund or Bienville Methodist Church.  To leave a memorial message for the family, please visit www.owensmemorialfuneralhome.com.

Bookmark and Share