Charleene Georgiette Waldrup, 86, of Reno, Texas, formerly of McGehee, passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Reno, after a long illness.
She retired as an administrative assistant with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was a self-taught piano player who played with a gospel group at churches and gospel singings in the surrounding area during her high school years. She was a very fine Christian lady who loved the Lord dearly and was a faithful member and pianist at First Baptist Church in McGehee.
Charleene loved to cook and enjoyed going to gospel singings. She resided the last sixteen months in Reno, Texas, due to her failing health. Her niece, Tonda Sumner and her husband, David took care of her day and night in their home in Reno, Texas. Her final months were also spent with her great-niece, Samantha Jones and her husband, Brandon, a great-great nephew, Zayne Jones, and great-great niece, Dylan Jones.
She was the first born of the late George Thomas and Gertha Mae Minchew Vardaman on November 16, 1932 in McArthur, Arkansas.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Ted Waldrup and her sister, Sarah Vardaman.
Survivors include her sister, Greta Girod Price and her husband, Steve of Paris, Texas; nieces, Tonda Sumner and her husband, David of Reno, Texas and Trina Barnes and her husband, Randy of Bryant; a nephew, Sammy Kilcrease and his wife, Andrea of Whitehall; great-nieces, Samantha Jones and her husband Brandon of Reno, Texas and Jessica Funk of Bryant; great-nephews, Lucas Ridens of Bryant, Heath Kilcrease and Gaylon Kilcrease, both of McGehee; a great great-niece, Dylan Jones; a great great-nephew, Zayne Jones, and several other nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 27 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee.
Funeral services will be held on Wenesday, November 28 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of McGehee, with Rev. Rick Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Halley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Sumner, Brandon Jones, Sammy Kilcrease, Heath Kilcrease, Don Wesson and Gene Price.