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“Judy, So sorry to hear of Don's passing. Always considered him to be a glass gentleman. My prayers are with you and your family.Paul ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Paul Weir - Dunlap, TN - Friend

“Judy and family, so sorry to hear about your loss. You and Don were always special friends in school at Valdese. Please know you are in my prayers...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Carol Barker - Lake Almanor, CA

“Judy, Scott and family sorry to hear about Don. I haven't known him a long time but appreciated my time talking with him. Sorry he is gone but glad...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Jim Terrell - Rutherford College

“Judy, please know that Billy Joe (BJ) and I are thinking about you in your time of sorrow. I know that Don was not able to come to your last class...Read More »
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5 of 10 | Posted by: HAMPTON QUEEN - HICKORY, NC

“Judy Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your in this time sorrow. I will always remember Don as a good man and a great friend. We'ii miss...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Charles & Pollock - SOUTHPORT, NC

“Judy, Scott, Tracy and Family - So sorry to hear about Don! Please know that all of you are in our Thoughts and Prayers. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Ronnie & Kathy Trull - Arden, NC

“A Fraternity Pledge Brother, Don was always greeting you with a warm smile and warmer handshake or hug. He will certainly be missed by all NC Beta...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Frank Furr - Park City, UT

“Don was a special member of Judy cousins family. We all enjoyed Don in all family together. He will be missed. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: James Hollar - Conover, NC

“Judy, you and your precious family are AND have been in our thoughts and prayers. It was so obvious how proud Don was of your entire family and the...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Larry and JoAnn Huffman - NC

Mr. Don Baker Waldrop, 79, of Micol Avenue in Valdese, passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Don was born on September 25, 1940 in Lincoln County to the late Paul H. and Edith B. Waldrop. He was a 1962 graduate of North Carolina State University, majoring in Furniture Manufacturing and Management, and Industrial Engineering. He spent his entire career in the furniture industry working with Drexel Furniture, Hammary Furniture, Leathercraft Furniture and serving as President and CEo of Sarah Scott Furniture.
While at NC State, Don was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilson Fraternity and served on the Fraternity Council. He and his wife remained close to his fraternity brothers and their wives. Mr. Waldrop looked forward to attending the Reunion held every two years.
When it came time to retire, the Waldrops decided it was time to come back to Valdese, as it was considered their home. They both are current members of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church. Mr. Waldrop loved NC State and was a member of the Wolfpack Club. He was an avid Wolfpack fan and could alsways be heard saying "Anybody but Carolina". Both his children attended NC State, and his brother and son in-law also graduated from NC State.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 58 years, Judy, of the home, one son, Scott D. Waldrop of Asheville and Valdese, and a daughter, Tracy Correll and her husband James L. "Buzzy" Correll III. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Carson James and Audrey Adiar Correll of New Hill, NC, one brother, Barry D. Waldrop and wife Lynn of Charlotte, a sister, Cathy Blevins and husband Dale, and a nephew, Corey Blevins all of Valdese.
A private service for the immediate family will be conducted with Rev. Dr. Kevin Frederick officiating, with a Celebration of Life Service to be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Children's Playground Fund c/o the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, 109 Main St. E., Valdese, NC 28690.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to College Pines for the care given to Mr. Waldrop while he was there.
An online guestbook and obituary is available at
Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Waldrop family.