Mary Doris Waldrop

November 30, 1934 - December 29, 2011

11/30/1934 - 12/29/2011

Mary Doris Waldrop, 77, of Hendersonville went to be with her Lord on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at Hendersonville Health and Rehabilitation, following a period of declining health.

A native and lifelong resident of Henderson County, she was the daughter of the late James and Bessie Tankersley Heatherly.

During her working years, Doris was employed by Dr. J.M. Ross as a nursing assistant before retiring in 1984. She was a lifelong member of Mud Creek Baptist Church and always remained very active in the church, from singing in the choir to teaching Sunday School.

Doris was a wonderful Christian, wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be missed deeply by her loved ones.

She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Horace Jessie Waldrop; son, Horace Steven Waldrop of Hendersonville; daughter, Norma W. Sproles and husband, Chuck, of Flat Rock; five grandchildren, Jacob and Nicholas Waldrop and Spencer, Brently, and Cameron Sproles; brother, Lum Heatherly of Hendersonville; special friend and confidant, Emma Lou Justice of Hendersonville; and several nieces and nephews, whom she loved very much.

A Funeral Service will be held at 3 PM Saturday, December 31, 2011 at Mud Creek Baptist Church with the Reverend Greg Mathis officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. At other times, the family will be at the home of Norma and Chuck Sproles.

The family wishes to thank Martha Todd, the nursing staff of Hendersonville Health and Rehab; Pardee Hospital, and Four Seasons Compassion for Life for all of their kind and loving care for Doris.

Memorials may be made to Mud Creek Baptist Church, 403 Rutledge Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28739.

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Shirley Moreno
8 years ago

What a wonderful lady Doris was. I only knew her for a short time but it seems like it was a lifetime. My love to you Norma and Steve. Take care and God bless you and yours.

Always your friend,


Laura Breedlove&Joy Willingham
8 years ago

Doris was such a special lady. We had her as our nurse for a number of years at Dr. Ross’ office. She always radiated the love of Jesus in her smile and her personality and was such a compassionate and caring friend. We got to know and love her and always looked forward to seeing her when we went to the office. Our love and prayers are with you all, dear family!! May God Bless Your Heart!!!

Philippians 4:13,19

Nehemiah 8:10b


Joy Willingham,


Cindy Starling
8 years ago

You will be greatly missed. We loved you Miss Doris.

Helen Sieber
8 years ago

My deepest sympathy goes to the family of Doris Waldrop. My husband (Arvid Sieber dec’d) and I thought the world of Doris. She was a lovely lady. May she rest in peace!

Leslie Keener Sabo
8 years ago

Dearest Norma and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I can only hope and pray that there is some comfort in the fact that; if there is ANYONE EVER going to be in heaven it is your Mom. She had one of the purest and sweetest hearts. Her love of people and God was a true lesson for everyone that met her. She truly was a testimony in her everyday life.

Bless you all. Please KNOW that MANY are thinking of you and praying for you.

Much love,


Peggy & J.L. Howard
8 years ago

God has called one of his angels home to rest. She worked so hard while here. So many folks, adults and especially children that learned the love of God because of Doris. She not only talked of God, she lived for God.

Sheri Pruitt Osteen
8 years ago

Dearest Norma and family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I cherish all the love and memories your precious mother gave me. She is one of the most wonderful women I have ever met. Keep the faith and she will be waiting for you in Heaven…

8 years ago


Beth Moore Warren
8 years ago

Horace, Norma and Steve Your in my thoughts and prayers. Heaven has another angel. If there ever was a angel Doris is one on earth and in heaven. She is one of my good childhood memories.

Love Beth

LuAnne Dinkins Hagen
8 years ago

Norma, Steve and Horace, What a fine example of love your mother was. I have such sweet childhood memories with your family. I will be praying for all of you. I know Heaven is rejoicing to have this angel back..