William (Bill) Holmes Waldrop


William (Bill) Holmes Waldrop, 74, of Amarillo, TX died Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 14, 2020, at Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Viewing will be available,  Sunday, December 13, 2020, and Monday, December 14, 2020, until 11:00 A.M. at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Mr. Waldrop was born on March 21, 1946, in Monahans, TX to William Henry and Josephine Holmes Waldrop.  He graduated from Monahans High School in 1964 and graduated from West Texas State University in 1969 with his bachelor’s degree in special education and was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.  He then served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1972, achieving the rank of 1st Lt with an overseas assignment in South Korea.

Mr. Waldrop worked for the Amarillo Independent School District from 1973 until his retirement in May of 2005. All of his 32 years in the class was at Travis Middle School as a special education teacher. It was a job and a school he truly loved. The children of northeast Amarillo held a special place in his heart.

Survivors include a son, Brett Ryan Waldrop, of Lambertville, MI; a daughter, Jessica Anne Cross and husband Jeremy, of Round Rock, TX; a sister, Anne Hess, of Midland, TX; a nephew, Perry Harrison; niece, Amy Harrison; a great-niece, Skyler; a grand-niece, Josie Harrison; and countless friends that he dearly loved.

Mr. Waldrop requested memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

12 Replies to “William (Bill) Holmes Waldrop”

  1. Bill & I were Army officers together in Korea, serving in the 7th Cavalry. We hit it off immediately and became fast friends over there and maintained that friendship over the last 49 years, mostly by phone, but my wife and I were able to visit him for several days in 2012 on a road trip out West. We always traded Christmas cards and when I did not receive one from him this year I knew something was wrong plus I had sent him a gift that he never acknowledged, which was totally unlike him. I am devastated by the news of his passing – hopefully a rock band in heaven has just acquired a new guitar player! Rest easy old friend.

  2. I am sorry to have just learned of Bill’s passing. He was a good neighbor and I never missed an opportunity to stop by his opened garage door to see and get a history lesson on a newly acquired coin or engage in some good conversation during our ride to the grocery store on Sunday mornings. There will be an empty spot when I get back to Amarillo. Rest in peace my friend.

  3. Bill was a fraternity brother at WT. Some people are always etched into our minds due to their tremendous presence in life and Bill was just that type. Rest In Peace brother Bill

  4. Love and prayers. He’s been reunited with his friend, college roommate and fraternity brother Thomas Robert Moss (Tom Bob), our dear brother.

  5. Bill was a great storyteller with an endearing infectious laugh and he was proud to pieces of his kids. I don’t believe that I ever heard him say a bad word about anyone. Our one regret is that we never got to hear the band. He surely will be missed.

  6. It’s been an honor getting to know your dad through you, Jess. I look forward to continuing his legacy through our many future conversations about him, celebrating his life.

  7. I am so sorry of the passing of your sweet father, it’s a tough time but I know you have lots of good memories with him, hold on to them, always thinking of you and we love you ❤️🙏

  8. I’m so sorry for your loss! Mr. Waldrop was one of my teachers at Travis. He was also one of my favorites! He touched my life! He was an amazing man! Thank you for everything Mr. Waldrop!

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