Mr. George Ed "Pete" Waldrop

  • Born: May 8, 1936
  • Died: August 24, 2021
  • Location: Murray, Kentucky

J. H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S. 3rd Street
Murray, KY 42071
Tel. (270) 753-2411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Pete by adding your memories and photos.

Mr. George Ed "Pete" Waldrop died Tuesday, August 24, 2021, after an extended illness. He was born May 8, 1936, to Alfred Burr and Cardelle Wilson Waldrop, and raised in West Kentucky near Murray, Kentucky. Pete spent most of his 85 years in Murray where he often told people, "If you ever wear out a pair of shoes in Murray, Kentucky, you will always want to come back", and wear out shoes he did, mainly in and around his beloved Murray State University. He spent 16 years on campus as a student, attending Murray Training School for his elementary and secondary education and then completing his BS and MA at the university.

During his school years, Pete worked and played at Kenlake State Park where he met many friends from across the state. After, college, through those connections, he was hired in Madisonville for Hopkins County Schools where he taught and coached 10 years. During those years, he met and married his wife, Joy Stinnett, and became the head basketball coach of the Madisonville Maroons. He developed a lifelong relationship with his former players.

Pete's career was always enjoyable and rewarding. After his 10 years of coaching and teaching, he spent the next 10 years in the medical field working for West Kentucky Mental Health and later as the business manager of the Houston McDevitt Clinic in Murray. For the next 10 years, you would find him out and about the tobacco industry where he owned and operated Growers Loose Leaf Floor with Rob McCallon. Finally, he opened his dream business, Murray Industrial Warehousing, which is now run by his son Mark. Throughout all his 85 years, the Murray State Racers and his family have been his heart and soul.

Pete has always believed in and loved the Lord, worshipping at local Churches of Christ and at the First Christian Church while living in Madisonville. He has always supported local community organizations and was a member of the Rotary in Murray and Kiwanis in Madisonville. He was a charter member of the Beta Tau Beta which later became Alpha Tau Omega at Murray State.

Pete is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joy Stinnett Waldrop; his son, Mark Waldrop and wife Jennifer of Murray; daughter, Julie Cunningham and husband Matt of Louisville, Kentucky; grandchildren, Maddie and Tommy Waldrop of Murray, and Houston and Davis Cunningham of Louisville, Kentucky; he also leaves behind many wonderful friends that he considered his brothers and sisters.

Due to the current conditions of the pandemic and the concerns of the community's health the family has chosen not to have a public visitation. However, a public funeral service will be held on Monday, August 30, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home and Cremation Services. John Dale will officiate, and eulogies will be given by Mr. Bob Rogers and Mr. Marty Futrell. A brief graveside service and burial will follow in the Murray City Cemetery. For the convenience of those unable to attend the service will be streamed live on the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home and Cremation Services Facebook page.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Murray State University Athletics, Att. Taylor Mudd, CFSB Center, 1401 KY 121, Murray, Kentucky 42071 or charity of choice.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry for this loss!

Posted by Gayle Musgrave - Lexington, KY - Coworker   August 31, 2021

Joy & Family, Patsy and I are so very sorry that Pete has passed. I have many fond memories of him from my childhood. Although Pete was four years older than me, he was often around playing basketball and other sports with the kids who lived on N. 16th and Miller and Farmer Avenues. He was always great fun to be with. And, it was great to reconnect with him when we returned to Murray in 2004. We shared a love of MSU and athletics. He made a huge contribution to MSU and the Murray community and will be greatly missed.

Posted by Martin & Patsy Tracy - Lake Mary, FL - Friend   August 31, 2021

Joy, Mark and Jennifer, Julie and the entire family.

Camela and I want to share how sad and we were about Pete's passing - but we wanted also to let you know how much we appreciate Pete and all of you. From getting to know Pete when I was at Murray State and how welcomed you all made us when I first started at Ledger & Times. Through the years, I have benefited greatly from his friendship and advise. Raising our daugher with Maddie gave us a new chapter of memories. Our heart breaks with Pete's loss - but we smile when we think of him. God bless all of you. Our lives and the lives of so many in Murray and Calloway County will miss him. David, Camela, John and Lily Ramey.

Posted by David Ramey - Murray, KY - Family   August 30, 2021

Joy and Family - sad to hear this! Have fond memories of him at the ballpark back in the day! Can still hear him saying ducks on the pond! I ran into him at Keeneland a few years ago and also at some of the All A tournament games when Maddy was playing. He was a funny and wonderful man! Sending prayers!

Posted by Kristi Wright - Nicholasville, KY - Friend   August 30, 2021

Joy & Family: I'm saddened to hear about the loss of Pete. Thank you for allowing me to spend my Murray State years (1987-89) in the apartment above your garage. My best memory of Pete is when I was studying upstairs with the window open and hearing Pete laughing and talking out on the lawn sitting in lawn chairs with a man who I was surprised to see was Governor Wallace Wilkinson !! Joy, Mark, Julie...please know I am thinking of you at this time.

Posted by Eric Thomas - Paducah, KY - Neighbor   August 29, 2021

Joy & Family: So very sorry for your loss. He will be missedsending prayers your way.

Posted by Linda Luther - Martin, TN - Friend   August 28, 2021

Hey Pete...know you are enjoying seeing all those from Murray at your new home. I was in school at MTS some of the time while you were there. May your family know you were liked by all who at MTS as well as friends in Murray. Rest in peace . Patricia Scarborough Parks (class of '57). Myrtle Beach, SC

Posted by Patricia L. Parks - Myrtle Beach, SC - Classmate   August 28, 2021

Pete always had that smile on his face. Sympathy to the whole family. Got to know Pete when Mark and Scott played basketball at CCHS. He was a generous individual, who never turned his back on any one. If you told Pete that we were going to a basketball game, he would be the first one in the car. A loving individual.

Posted by James Nic - Cincinnati, OH - Family Friend   August 28, 2021

Joy and family, I am so sorry for the loss of Pete. While I did not know him well, I always found him to be a man of conviction who loved his family, his community and his God. I greatly enjoyed the times I talked with him. I pray for your peace and comfort during this very sad time.

Posted by Roger Lacy - Knoxville, TN - Friend   August 28, 2021

Dear Joy and family, Our deepest sympathy to you.We still have fond memories of our taxi ride with you all after our game in Chicago. With love, Ruth and Howard Brandon

Posted by Ruth & Howard Brandon - Murray, KY - Friend   August 28, 2021

Pete, your journey on earth was fantastic. Your next journey above we welcomed. You never meet a stranger and will never be forgotten.

Posted by Jackie Mason Canady - Murray, KY - Friend   August 27, 2021

Joy and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Terese & Ronnie Shemwell - Hazel, KY - Friend   August 27, 2021

To Joy, Mark and Julie, We are so sorry for your loss. We always thought highly of Pete. Our prayers are for peace for you all. Bobby and Susie Malone

Posted by Susie Malone - Knoxville, TN - Friend   August 27, 2021

Our prayers are with Joy and the rest of the family. Pete was a fine man, and it was a privilege to have known him.

Posted by Jack & Mary Branson - CUMMING, GA - Friend   August 27, 2021

Joy, Mark, Julie and Family, my deepest sympathy! Pete was one of the best, and our families had some wonderful times together. May your precious memories and God's unending love sustain you in the times ahead. All of you are in my prayers and on my heart.

Posted by Faye Wells - Edisto Island, SC - Family Friend   August 27, 2021

Love you and thinking of you at this difficult time.
Jim and Ora

Posted by Jim and Ora Wilson - Louisville, KY - Family   August 27, 2021

Mark and the rest of Pete's family: I have nothing but fond memories of the times that I shared with Pete and all the Industrial Warehouse guys. Pete was a really good guy that will be missed by many, especially any who knew him personally. Prayers to all of Pete's family !!

Posted by Rick King - Paducah, KY - Friend   August 27, 2021

Joy, Julie and Mark, our family wants you to know that we are sorry you have lost Pete. In years past, we spent a lot of good times with all of you. Pete was an unforgettable character, always joking and enjoying what God had blessed him with. Our thoughts will be with you in the coming days. We care.

Posted by Joanna and Hank Adams - Murray, KY - Friend   August 26, 2021

Sorry for your family's loss. Pete will be missed.

Posted by Don & Judy Overbey - Murray, KY - Friend   August 26, 2021

A huge void now exist in the Murray community plus in the lives of many who loved Pete. Bye Brother; we in ATO love you and thank you for being one of those upperclassmen who was instrumental in bringing a national fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega, to the Murray State campus. Your friendship during the past 61 years is a cherished memory in my life.

Posted by Ralph Evitts - Shelbyville, KY - Friend   August 26, 2021

Joy and family, I am so sorry! Thoughts and prayers for all of you!

Posted by Fran Garrison - Murray, KY   August 26, 2021

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