Funeral Services for Paul Locker Waldrop Sr. will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 5, 2010, at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church, Brownwood, Texas, with Tim Skaggs and Bill Allen officiating. Interment will follow in Greenleaf Cemetery under the direction of Davis Morris Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Paul Locker Waldrop Sr. went to be with his Lord on April 1, 2010, after a brief illness. Born at home, 1801 Brady Ave. Brownwood, Texas, Feb. 5, 1923, to Frank William Waldrop and Lula Belle Asbell Waldrop, he attended Brownwood public schools until he started his construction career at the young age of 16. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Hames, the daughter of the Rev. Harry and Frankie Hames on his 19th birthday, Feb. 5, 1942.
Mr. Waldrop entered the U.S. Air Force April 6, 1943, and trained at Sheppard Field in Wichita Falls and Amarillo Army Field in Amarillo, Texas. He then served as an airplane and small engine mechanic in Sioux City, Iowa, until he received his honorable discharge Feb. 27, 1946.
His construction career began with Walsh and Burney Construction where he helped build Camp Bowie in Brownwood as well as the San Marcos, Texas, Army Air Field in 1941-1942. After returning from the military in 1946 he started his own construction company. He had partnerships with James Lucas 1951-1953 and Grover Hinesley 1953-1958. During those years he was a licensed real estate broker and insurance agent as well as a building contractor. He then operated as a sole proprietor until 1971 when he developed his partnership with his son, Paul Waldrop Jr. He was a leader in the construction industry having built hundreds of buildings throughout Texas during his 60-year career. He remained a partner with his son until his passing.
He was a longtime member of Brown County Sheriff’s Posse, Brown County Fair Association, Brownwood and Early Chambers of Commerce and was a Master Mason. In 1973 he was named “Outstanding Volunteer” by the Texas Association for Retarded Children for his work in helping Janie Clements develop the first local facilities for Central Texas MHMR. He was a lifetime member of Coggin Avenue Baptist Church, where his mother was a founding member.
Paul is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Waldrop; sister, Margaret Hood; daughters, Diane Holland, Evy Winn and husband Rowland, Sue Chiles and husband Keith of Galveston; a son, Paul Waldrop Jr. and wife Lynda; Grandchildren, Sally Haynes and husband Scott, Matt Holland, Tressie Chambers, Rex Winn and wife Gema, Frank Winn, Michelle Brasher and husband Tim, Sam Waldrop and wife Jenny, Becky Warner and husband Phil, Wes Jackson and wife Cory, Brit Jackson and wife Sarah; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Larry Holland of Brownwood.
He will be dearly missed by all.
The family requests that in lieu of flower, memorials may be given to Latchkey (after school children’s program), P.O. Box 2121, Brownwood, TX 76804