Friday, February 3, 2023

Richard Elford “Petie” Waldrop, 69

WILMINGTON — Richard Elford “Petie” Waldrop, 69, went to his heavenly home on September 28, 2022 after an extended illness. 

He was born May 19, 1953 to Margaret and H.E Waldrop in Shelby, North Carolina. Petie attended First Baptist Church Shelby and sang with the Goodnews Singers. He graduated from Shelby High School in 1971. His first band was Willie TKE and Smile. He toured with The Plum Hollow band in the late 70s. Later, in Wilmington he formed the band High Cotton. 

Petie began his movie career working at Earl Owensby Studios. He later followed fellow crew members to Wilmington, North Carolina to work at Dino De Laurentiis studios. He enjoyed a successful career as a Prop Master creating the famous PropWorld until his retirement in 2014. Petie loved his friends and family, his cats named Shark Bait and Daddy Frank. He enjoyed eating Cookout and Chocolate Pies. Trails End was one of his favorite places, and he loved making music at Hieronymus Brothers Seafood on Thursday nights. Many countless gatherings were had on Lullwater Dr. He will be remembered for his quick wit and his gift of gab, never having met a stranger. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and H.E. Waldrop and brother Don Waldrop. 

Survived by his sister, Karen Waldrop; brother Ken Waldrop (Pam); nieces Christi Raduly and Brae Hogan (Danny); nephews John and Henry Waldrop; great nephew Daniel Hogan; great nieces Erin and Emma Hogan; Sylvia Bradley, a special sister-in-law; stepchildren Caitlyn ”Dixie” Smith, Cody Smith and Cayla “Lil Shug” Edwards (Phil); and Grandkids Cayden, Cooper, and Carley Edwards. 

Memorials can be made to the charity of your choice in honor of Petie. 

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

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