Born 6-21-1933 -- Died 10-1-2005
Staff Sergeant Gene Curtis Waldrop, died Oct. 1, at his home in Myrtle at the age of 72 years.
He was born June 21, 1933, in Clarksville, Texas, to Leo Curtis and Elsie (Ball) Waldrop.
He was a twenty-one year veteran of the United States Army, earning the rank of Staff Sergeant E-5. On June 28, 1951, he was wounded while serving in the Korean conflict. For his service, he received numerous decorations, citations and awards including the Purple Heart. After his military career, he was a security guard for SRP for several years.
He was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son Guy Evans and two brothers, Lowell and Leon Waldrop.
Survivors are his wife, Freda of the home in Myrtle; two daughters, Nancy Lingenfelter of Pocahontas, Ark. and Sharon Baumman of Jonesboro; one honorary daughter, K. Ann Baker of Mesa, Ariz.; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his segregate mother, by whom he was raised, Jean Wuorinen of Columbus, Ohio; two sisters, Rosie Ribeiro of Benicia, Calif. and Frances Baer of Columbus, Ohio; eight brothers, Billy Joe Waldrop of Pahrump, Nev., Donald Waldrop of Pardeeville, Wis., Bobby Waldrop and Larry Waldrop both of Bonham, Texas, Nelson Waldrop, Donnie Waldrop, Mark Waldrop and Steve Waldrop all of Columbus, Ohio; lots of nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Services were held Oct. 5 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Thayer with Bro. Leonard Lingenfelter officiating. Burial followed at Thayer Cemetery.
Pallbearers were West Plains Honor Guard.
Arrangements were by Carter Funeral Home, Inc. of Thayer.