Born 9-11-1919 -- Died 9-4-2007
M.L. Waldrop, 87, was born Sept. 11, 1919, in Braggadocio, Mo., the son of Edward Livingston "Lev" and Edith Hamlett Waldrop. He died Sept. 4, 2007, at his home.
On Aug. 15, 1942, he was married at San Diego, Calif., to Bernice Bruton; they were privileged to celebrate 65 years together.
Waldrop was a veteran of World War II having served with the United States Army as a Staff Sergeant in the Medical Detachment of the 140th Infantry Division, where he served much of his time in the Pacific Theatre.
In his early life he was involved in a grocery store business and a farmer.
In 1969, he felt the call to God to become a minister, so he moved his family from Baggadocio to Hazlehurst, Miss. He later pastored churches in Walker, La., Thayer, Mo., and when he retired he was the pastor of Christian Assembly in West Plains, Mo.
Also, Waldrop was a building contractor in West Plains for many years.
He is survived by: his wife, Bernice Waldrop of the family home; two daughters, Murlene Curtis, and husband Speedy, of West ?Plains and Linda ?Hobbs, husband, Randall of Thayer; three granddaughters, Lisa Hall and husband Peter, Rhonda Blum and husbnad Rick, and Gayla Olbricht and husband,?Josh; three great-grandsons, Grant ?Hall, Logan Hall and Garrett Blum; four sisters, Nellie Rohrer, Betty Walton and Jewell Wilson all of Braggadocio, MO., and Roberta Gann, of Branson, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Maxine Waldrop of Caruthersville, Mo.; several nieces; nephews; aunts and uncles; and a host of friends and loved ones.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; two sisters and four brothers-in-law.
Funeral services were held Sept. 8 at the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West ?Plains with Rev. Walter Benton of Blountville, Tenn. officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral home. Burial followed at Oak Lawn Cemetery with military honors.