Rev. Dr. Norman Ray Waldrip

Born: Thu., Oct. 22, 1931
Died: Sun., Apr. 24, 2016


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Apr. 26, 2016
Location: First Baptist Church

Interment following funeral service

Wed., Apr. 27, 2016
Location: Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Apr. 27, 2016
Location: First Baptist Church

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After more than 65 years of delivering sermons, performing weddings and conducting funerals, a great voice for the teachings of Jesus was silenced early Sunday morning, April 24, 2016 when the Rev. Dr. Norman Ray Waldrip died at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, GA. His most recent sermon was delivered on Easter Sunday at Shiloh Baptist Church and the message of life, death and resurrection was a fitting topic for his final message.
In addition to the service to all his churches and their members he was an avid amateur photographer as evidenced by the many pictures gracing the walls and picture albums of his and Martha’s home. Not to be stymied by the advent of the digital age, he embraced the new technology with enthusiasm uncommon for one of his generation. Having a lifelong fascination with fire prevention sparked by his grandfather’s career as a City of Atlanta fireman, he served as a volunteer for the White Plains Volunteer Fire Department for 13 years. He also was a member of the Lions Club for over 30 years.  But most of all he was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was an only child and said when very young he wanted to fill a table with his children when he grew up and got married. With more than 25 family members at the holiday dinners, it seems he did go forth and multiply.

Dr. Waldrip was born in Atlanta, GA on October 22, 1931 to the late Roy Howard and Mildred Marie Norman Waldrip.  He grew up in Atlanta, where he graduated from Roosevelt High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religion Degree from Bob Jones University in Greenville SC; his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary.  On May 14 1955, he wed the former Martha Jo Williams and  they were married for 61 years.  He began his career in the ministry at Crystal Valley Baptist Church in Columbus GA. During his 60 year career, he served in numerous churches including White Plains Baptist Church, the First Baptist Church of Greensboro and Shiloh Baptist Church in Greene County.  Other churches served were: Friendship Baptist Church, Metcalf, GA; First Baptist Church, Hahira, GA; Memorial Baptist Church, Moultrie, GA; Raleigh White Baptist Church, Albany, GA; High Point Baptist Church, Covington GA; Mosleyville Baptist Church, Milledgeville, GA; Martin Baptist Church, Martin GA; Gibbs Memorial Baptist Church, Bostwick, GA. After retiring from the ministry, Dr. Waldrip noticed a forlorn abandoned church building on Penfield Road a few miles north of Greensboro. Feeling a call to reopen the doors of the closed church he did some research on its history and found it had first held services when George Washington was president.  The membership had dwindled to the point the church could no longer operate so the lights were turned out and the church went dark. Dr. Waldrip called together a group of interested folks and former members and on May 29, 2011, they voted to begin regular worship services again and Dr. Waldrip was called to be the pastor.  At the time of his death, he was still serving as their pastor and was an active and faithful member.

In addition to his wife, Martha Jo Waldrip, of Greensboro, GA, he is survived by his children,  Charles  Waldrip (Susan) of Charlotte, NC, Cathy Bofinger of Madison, GA, Carey Waldrip (Andrea) of Hoschton, GA, Carol Moss (Terry) of Marble, NC and Clay Waldrip (Kathy) of Chester, SC; fourteen grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a number of other relatives; and many friends.

A Celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 203 S. Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Rev. Clay Waldrip, Rev. Mark Jones and Rev. Michael Hardy officiating. Interment will follow at Shiloh Baptist Church, 3400 Penfield Road, Greensboro, GA 30642. The family will receive friends Tuesday night at The First Baptist Church from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, c/o Martha Nelms 1080 Quail Trail, Greensboro, GA 30642.  Serving as pallbearers are his grandsons and grand sons-in-law: Michael Bofinger, Benjamin Waldrip, Johnny Brenwalt, Daniel Moss, Phillip Moss, Levi Moss, Jacob Waldrip, Matthew Waldrip and John Lambird.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of local arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


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Terry & Elaine Cantrell
   Posted Sun April 24, 2016
Mrs Martha and family,
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. This has got to be bitter-sweet.
While he will be missed here on earth, he is seeing the face of his Lord and Savior.
Praise God!

Sheela Pounds
   Posted Mon April 25, 2016

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by O T Pounds Family.

We Love you from the OT and Sheela Pounds Family, Tammy Pounds Threatt, Dawn Pounds Register,Tracy Pounds Fountain and Robin Pounds Gettis and Families

Jane Cobb
   Posted Mon April 25, 2016
My love prayers and deepest sympathy. I pray the Lord will give you His strength and comfort during these hard days and many happy memories in the days ahead. I am so thankful I had Pastor Norman as a friend.

Lawrence and Barbara Long
   Posted Mon April 25, 2016
We are so sorry to hear of Norman's passing. We wish we could be there with you but unfortunately we cannot. We will keep you in our prayers.

In Christ,

Barbara and Lawrence Long

Robert M. Cash
   Posted Mon April 25, 2016
Ms Martha & family.. We join you in missing an old friend. Norman & I shared many things, first our age (84-85), Moreland Ave Bapt Church, Roosevelt High School, Atlanta's Youth for Christ, pastoral, marrying RNs and our trumpets. We will look forward to seeing him again ... soon. Be assured of our prayers during these special days!! Robert & Pauline Cash

Mike & Jeni Norris
   Posted Mon April 25, 2016
Dear Mrs. Martha and family, Our deepest sympathy, love and prayers are with you all. I can see Pastor Norman now, smiling continuously from ear to ear in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, so happy and free of pain.

Barry and Teresa Churchwell
   Posted Mon April 25, 2016

Our deepest sympathy in the passing of Mr. Norman. He will be remembered for his dedication to God and Jesus. Always thoughtful and considerate of others. He was blessed with a loving family and friends. May the warm and cherished memories help to comfort you.

Rick, Sharon Bryson and family
   Posted Mon April 25, 2016
We are so sad at the passing of a great man. Norman accomplished so much in his life. To his grand kids: Emulate him. He taught you how to be a great person. To Martha, you and you alone know the true dreams you started with as a young married couple. Your children are awesome and awesome grand kids. I think you should celebrate a Life Well Lived....

Our love and prayers are with you.

Mary Lou Hatfield
   Posted Tue April 26, 2016
I was visiting my mother's church (1st Baptist Church, Murphy, NC) several years ago when Dr. Waldrip was a guest preacher. It was Mother's Day, and he preached the most beautiful sermon. He left such a great impression on me that I have never forgotten him, and wished I could sit under his preaching again. Love, kindness and compassion seemed to emanate from him. I am grateful that I had a chance to hear God's message from this beautiful man. May God bless you all with His perfect comfort and grace as time goes on.

Jennifer Smith
   Posted Tue April 26, 2016
Please know that you are bathed in my prayers. It is so very difficult to lose a parent. Rev. Waldrip left a wonderful testimony to faithfulness and love.

Charles and pauline morgan
   Posted Tue April 26, 2016
SO SORRY MARTHA ,WE WILL KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN OUR PRAYERS. Sorry we won't be able to attend the service.we love y'all.God bless you. PAULINE AND Charles

Beth Hinman and Gary Hinman
   Posted Tue April 26, 2016
Mr. Norman was was a man I truly admired, I had gotten to know him when he preached at Norwood Baptist, every time we met he would asked if I had found a job and very recently I talked with him and let him know I had found a job and had been there about 2 1/2 yrs. He was a man who knew and loved Jesus, Miss Martha and family my daddy and I are very sorry to hear of his passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family.
I know he is with The Lord.

Sally Meador
   Posted Tue April 26, 2016
To my pastor Clay and to all of the Waldrip family, from my heart I send deepest sympathy, love, and prayers in your loss of this wonderful man. I count it such a priviledge to have briefly known him and to have heard him preach. Know that the thoughts of so many in our little town of Chester are with you as you celebrate the life of your loved one and Heaven rejoices to welcome God's faithful servant.

Lem and Sandy Clark
   Posted Tue April 26, 2016
Martha, our hearts are hurting for you and your family. Dr Waldrip was a fine man and an inspiration to all. His smiling encouragement has been a source of growth in our lives. His influence on Penfield Christian Homes' Board of Directors continues. We are grateful to have called him our friend. With love, Lem and Sandy

Linda Anthony
   Posted Tue April 26, 2016
Dear Martha & Family,
I was so very sorry to hear the sad news! Rev. Waldrip was a fine man and we enjoyed getting to know him through the Norman Family Association. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
With Love,

pam wallace
   Posted Tue April 26, 2016

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by The Wallace Family.

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Mark, Pam, Hunter and Gator Wallace

Lori Barnes Aldridge
   Posted Tue April 26, 2016
Dear Carol & family,
I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. You are in my prayers.

Lyle Allen
   Posted Tue April 26, 2016
Having the Waldrips as my neighbors and friends while I served the White Plains Charge of the United Methodist Church was a blessing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Pastor Lyle

Robert and Annette Dowdy
   Posted Tue April 26, 2016
We were so sadden to hear about Dr. Waldrip , he was a wonderful pastor and friend.
Your family will be in our prayers.

David & Janice Kopp
   Posted Tue April 26, 2016
Rev. Waldrip always exemplified the true meaning
of being a believer - always there with a kind and
encouraging word - he will be missed by many of
us in the community -

Larry and Nancy Eley
   Posted Wed April 27, 2016
Ms. Martha and family: You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Dr. Waldrip was an inspiration to our family in White Plains. I would see y'all at times and he was always so happy and smiling. He is now so happy with our Lord and Savior. He has made his mark in our county and will be buried at Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery.

Debbie & Harold Thomas
   Posted Wed April 27, 2016
Martha and family, We were sad to hear about the passing of our dear friend Norman. He was always a very special pastor/preacher and held a special place in our heart. My mom loved him dearly also. Please know we are thinking of you and your family during these difficult days and will continue to lift you up in the upcoming days ahead. I have no doubt his celebration of life will be most spiritual and uplifting for all of your family today. May the Lord bless each one of you.