Eleanor Reynolds Waldrop, age 91, passed away quietly in her home in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida on Tuesday night, May 17, 2016. Born in Troy, Alabama, she was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Sumpter Reynolds. She is preceded in death by them and two siblings, Eulalia Reynolds Holston and Jake Reynolds. Growing up in Troy, she attended Troy University in 1940 and majored in journalism. In 1942, she married Capt. Forrest Adolph Dalton, a pilot in the USAF. Tragically in 1957, he was killed when his plane went down. They had eight children. In 1962, she remarried James Henry Waldrop, and they had one daughter. Mr. Waldrop succumbed to cancer in 1972.
Surviving Mrs. Waldrop are her nine children: William Reynolds Dalton; Diane Dalton Hofeling (David); David Forrest Dalton (Linda); Caryl Gibson; Michael Howard Dalton (Anna); Dawn Elizabeth Mixon (Charles); Samuel Theo Dalton (Trish); John Edward Dalton (Katherine); and Leticia Waldrop Gallo (Nick). She is also survived by 30 grandchildren: Chris (Tina), Benji (Shuzheng ), and Cami Dalton; Matt , Sam, Amelia Harris (Ben), and Andrew Hofeling; Michael (Laura), John, David (Yazuni), Forrest (Vanie), Jake, Leah, and Olivia Dalton; Robert Sells (Dani) and Leya Hayes; Forrest, Jacob, Orijane (Tim), and Griffin (Laura) Dalton; Steven Sibley (Katie); Samantha Lucas (Emmet) and Alexandra Dalton; Elizabeth, Caryl, and Yannie Dalton; Victor, Joseph, Yvette, and James Gallo. Her greatest joy and source of happiness was her grandchildren. She leaves 23 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews, whom she loved as her own.
Our mother leaves this life and joins many who have waited patiently to be with her again. In this world, there seems now a vast emptiness without her. Joyful in life, she leaves with us joyful memories. She was always the shining example of a gentle though strong and nurturing Southern woman.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, May 23, 2016 from the chapel of Green Hills Funeral Home at 2:00 PM with LDS Bishop Randall Belyeu officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hills Funeral Home and Cemetery; 1621 US 29; Troy, Alabama . Visitation will be held Monday, May 23, 2016 from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM at Green Hills Funeral Home. Flowers are accepted. Our family would like to extend gratitude and thanks to the nurses and caregivers at Emerald Coast Hospice, and donations can be made to Emerald Coast Hospice; 200 Grand Blvd. Ste. 205A; Miramar Bch., FL 32550; in memory of our mother, Eleanor R. Waldrop.
Green Hills Funeral Home is honored to serve the Waldrop family.