September 08, 2020

Lydia Jane Waldrop, a resident of Bells Retirement Village in Bells, Tenn., and a former lifelong resident of the South Fulton/Fulton area until she moved to Jackson in 1997, died Sept. 6 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. She was 87.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Fulton Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held at the church from 2 p.m. until the hour of service. Attendees are asked to wear a mask for the visitation and service and maintain social distancing. Hornbeak Funeral Chapel, of Fulton, is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by a son, Steve (Karen) Waldrop, of Knoxville, Tenn.; a daughter, Lisa (Wayne) Rushing of Humboldt, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Kyle (Jessica) Waldrop, of Beaverton, Ore., Leigh Waldrop (Todd) Whelan, of Knoxville, Neal Rushing and fiance’ Megan Smith and Meg Rushing, all of Nashville, Tenn.; three great-grandchildren; Charlotte Grace Whelan, of Knoxville, Naomi Elizabeth Waldrop, of Beaverton, Jacob Ward Whelan, of Knoxville; a brother Joel (Barbara) Nabors, of South Fulton; a special friend, Jan Carlton, of Jackson, Tenn.; and the “Porch Ladies” at Bells Retirement Village.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Mable Croft Nabors; and her husband, Ned Waldrop.

Born June 28, 1933 in Graves County, she was a member of the Fulton Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where she had served as a Treasurer for 22 years.

She was a 1951 graduate of South Fulton High School and enjoyed their gatherings and reunions, for 60+ years.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed crafts, and she loved to travel with her “longest and bestest friend”, Doris Milner.

She was a dedicated follower of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and she was a four-time cancer survivor since 1989.

Memorials may be made to West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation for Camp Bluebird, 74 Directors Row, Jackson, Tenn. 38305, or Fulton Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1159 Parker Rd., South Fulton, Tenn. 38257.

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