Rayburn Cole “Ray” Waldrop

Rayburn Cole “Ray” Waldrop

Birth
Giles County, Tennessee, USA
Death 3 Mar 2011 (aged 89)
Clinton, Anderson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Claxton, Anderson County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 66493786 · View Source
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Rayburn Cole "Ray" Waldrop, of Clinton, passed away peacefully at age 89, on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at his home while surrounded by family and friends.

Mr. Waldrop was born in Giles County, TN, October 12, 1921 to the late Claude Alvin Waldrop and Florence Roberta Barlar Waldrop.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WW II aboard the USS Salt Lake City as a MoMM2C. Following his military discharge he entered George Peabody College in Nashville and graduated with a degree in Chemistry.

He met his wife, the late Betty Lynn Melton Waldrop, while in college and married her on February 8, 1948. Following the marriage they moved to Oak Ridge, TN where Ray got a job with Fairchild. After a few years with Fairchild he transferred to Union Carbide and began employment at the Y-12 Federal Plant. He retired from Union Carbide/BWXT after 53 years of service as a development engineer in April of 2006 at age 84 and a half. While employed at Y-12 he received several certificates of accomplishments including many invention awards.

Ray was an avid bowler and he bowled on the Y-12 leagues for many years receiving many trophies. Before his illness he bowled in a senior league until October, 2010. He also enjoyed gardening, golfing and spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Betty Lynn Melton Waldrop and by a brother, Claude Alvin Waldrop, Jr.

He is survived by daughters; Martha Lynn Waldrop Babb of Clinton and Frieda Diane Waldrop Dale and husband, Kenneth of Oak Ridge, by grandchildren; Sara Lynn Seeber and husband, Terry of Clinton, Samuel Jeffrey Babb and wife, Samantha of Oak Ridge and Eric Dale of Oak Ridge, by two great-grandchildren, Katie and Cole Babb of Oak Ridge. He is also survived by a sister, Frieda Waldrop Cummings of Pflugerville, TX by several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and by a special friend Mark Grim of Norris, TN.

The family will receive friends Saturday, March 5, 2011, between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. at Sharp Funeral Home. Burial and graveside services will be held Sunday, March 6, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at Woodhaven Memory Gardens with full military honors. The family expresses their gratitude to the nurses provided by Professional Care Management, especially Ivana. Sharp Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 66493786
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rayburn Cole “Ray” Waldrop (12 Oct 1921–3 Mar 2011), Find a Grave Memorial no. 66493786, citing Woodhaven Memorial Gardens, Claxton, Anderson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .