Myron Gerald Waldrop, age 73, passed away peacefully at Northside Canton Hospital on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, following a long struggle with congestive heart failure. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, January 28th, at Canton Funeral Home and Cemetery at Macedonia Memorial Park. Visitation will take place between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. with the Memorial Service beginning at 3:00 and burial immediately after.
Myron was born on June 7th, 1943 at the rural Kennesaw home of his parents: James Clyde Waldrop (1912-1983) and Inez Hicks Waldrop (1920-2005). He attended Osborne High School and graduated from Marietta High School in 1961, following redistricting. He played bass clarinet in the Georgia All State Bands of 1960-61. It was in high school band that he met his first wife, Carolin Stripland Jones. Myron attended Georgia Tech and graduated from Southern Polytechnic State University soon after it opened in Marietta. In 1983 Myron and Diana Chubb married at the family home in Marietta and moved to Canton, GA where they began the ongoing work of building their own home and garden homestead. Myron continued on as the family mechanic and handyman caring for his widowed mother’s home as well as his own.
Myron was a lifelong entrepreneur and businessman. As a teenager, he created his own business selling red worm wigglers for bait, building his worm farm out of concrete block behind his childhood home on Powder Springs Street and traveling to Plains to purchase his worm stock from Billy Carter. Originally employed by Lockheed, he found office work too stifling, and quit to start a series of independent businesses including Waldrop One Hour Martinizing, car dealerships, Mannatech Sales, and an ever diverse assortment of sales and real estate ventures. Always ambitious and independent, he was also active in local politics. He had most recently purchased his own airplane and fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot.
Myron was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Canton, Georgia and his faith and dedication as a Christian now support his family in their grief. Myron has entered heaven’s gates and found the balm he needed to heal his recent suffering. His sweet smile and generous heart are now at home.
Myron is survived by his loving family: wife, Diana Chubb Waldrop of Canton, GA; son, Anthony Waldrop of Savannah GA; and daughter, Alicia Burnette, of Powder Springs GA.; along with five grandsons. Anthony and Janice Waldrop are the parents of grandsons: Alan Waldrop and Julian Waldrop. Brian and Alicia Burnette are the parents of grandsons: Alex Burnette; Cohen Burnette; and Joel Burnette. Myron also leaves behind a brother, Jason Waldrop, and wife Susan, of Marietta, GA.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to “Sunshine on a Ranney Day” http://www.sunshineonaranneyday.com/donate/ in memory of Myron Waldrop and in appreciation for their generous aid to Cohen Burnette.
Canton Funeral Home and Cemetery at Macedonia Memorial Park 10655 E. Cherokee Drive Canton, GA 30115 770-479-2788 www.macedoniamp.com