William Christopher Waltrip

April 14, 1994January 8, 2014
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William Christopher Waltrip, 19, of Wheelock, Texas passed away January 8, 2014. A celebration of his life will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Central Baptist Church in Bryan, Texas.

Christopher was born on April 14, 1994 at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan, Texas. He was the son of Mary and Robert Waltrip. Christopher was raised on his family's ranch in Wheelock, Texas. Christopher loved to laugh and appreciated a good sense of humor in others. While he was passionate about having fun, Christopher was also deeply contemplative about life, family, emotions and, most of all, The Lord. Christopher was the kind of person who talked about all the important things in life, but never forgot to laugh.

Christopher was raised with his only siblings, older brother Robert and older sister Kaitlin. He played baseball and basketball and was a member of the Franklin Youth Group. In his free time while he was growing up he swam, watched movies, and collected things: photos, books, cars, magazines and artifacts he found on the ranch. Christopher was a very good student, and generally did well in his courses. He was nominated to be a student ambassador for the People to People Student Ambassador Program and went to Europe with the group in the summer of 2010. While there, he raised the flag at Omaha Beach in Normandy and planted a tree in the Black Forest. He graduated from University of Texas Charter School in 2011.

Christopher had a great deal of passion for living, so he had many hobbies. From outdoor activities like surfing, snowboarding, swimming and hiking to artistic endeavors like photography and writing, Christopher pursued his passions with talent and gusto. When he was done, he would always take time to share his experiences with his friends and loved ones, because his greatest passion in life was reserved for the people he loved.

Christopher touched many lives in his brief time on Earth. He is survived by his parents, Mary Waltrip of Wheelock; Robert L. Waltrip, Jr.; brother, Robert; sister, Kaitlin; paternal grandparents, Claire and Robert L. Waltrip, Sr.; and maternal grandmother, Sue McRae Meador; along with many other family members and innumerable friends. His loss is felt deeply, but there is comfort in knowing he has attained life everlasting with The Lord.

Christopher loved animals and helped rescue many while he was growing up. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Urgent Animals of Hearne Robertson County Texas, at


  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service Saturday, April 12, 2014

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Holly Waltrip

May 20, 2014

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things have passed away." (Rev. 21:4)

I rejoice knowing that our Christopher is "face to face with The Lord" and free from the sufferings of this world. I look forward to seeing his beaming smile and awesome presence again in Heaven. We will miss his unconditional love and accepting spirit!

C charismatic
H hilarious
R romantic
I incredible
S sweet
T tenderhearted
O open armed
P passionate
H huggable
E enthusiastic
R real

Holly Waltrip

Mary Waltrip

May 20, 2014

I am Christopher's mother, Mary.

Today is the day to remember the amazing things about Christopher.
He was unique he could have a conversation with anyone at any age. On a vacation in the Cayman Islands, when he was eight years old, everywhere we went in the resort people new him by name. The people there loved him and were amazed at his ability to express himself at such a young age. Christopher did everything with enthusiasm and lived life to the fullest. He loved to travel and fortunately he was able to go many places in his life. He went to Europe in the summer of 2010 with the People to People Student Ambassador program. He traveled to Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland and England; out of all of these places he loved London, England the best. While he was in Normandy, France he was asked to raise the Flag at Omaha Beach in honor of all the soldiers who fought and lost their lives. He was very proud of this, as he was the only student there who had a grandfather, which was my father, who fought in World War II. While he visited Freiburg, Germany he planted a tree in the Black Forest and camped out with his Foster family.

Christopher loved music of all Genres especially the music he grew up listening to in my car, which was mostly oldies. I will never forget being in the kitchen and hearing him sing, “What's New Pussycat” by Tom Jones. I stopped what I was doing and went back to his room, to find him with his headset on singing as loud as he could.

Christopher loved animals, especially dogs; his favorite place to sleep was with the dogs on their beds. He helped me rescue many dogs over the years and he wanted to keep them all.

What I loved the most about Christopher was that he loved with everything he had in him and he always forgave everyone who let him down or hurt him. He was also generous to a fault, every Christmas he would spend his Christmas money on gifts for everyone else.

Christopher's talents and gifts were that he was an amazing speaker, photographer and writer. I was blessed to hear him give his testimony in church when he was 16; he spoke without any written notes and it was astonishing!

Naturally I am very proud of my son's talents, and losing him has been the greatest struggle of my life. But Ecclesiastes 7:1 says the day of death is better than the day of birth. This scripture really helped me in my grieving process. Grieving is for the living and while I am happy for Christopher, the selfishness in me wants him back. I told Christopher before he passed that he was going to the mansion of many rooms to have eternal life with his Heavenly Father and I would see him again some day.

On December 20th, 2013, Christopher wrote: “Today I'm grateful that God blessed me with a free spirit. I love doing new things, seeing new people and living life to the fullest. This is a blessing.

On December 21, 2013, Christopher wrote: “If I die today I would die happy. I have everything I ever needed and God has made me a miracle. – feeling content”

Sue McRae-Meador

May 20, 2014

Remembering Christopher
By: Sue McRae-Meador

I am Christopher's maternal grandmother, Nano. I have so many fond memories of our time together: Strolling him around the ranch property while singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow”. Family trips to New Mexico, Key West, Cayman Islands. Houston Rodeo. Birthday Parties. Fireworks on the 4th and New Year's Eve. Serving Chili on the playground of Franklin Elementary School with a cold March wind blowing red dirt. He,
catching his first fish from the deck of my house when he was two years old. Strolling through the yellow wildflowers on Butterfly Hill that were higher than his head. Picking dewberries and getting red bug bites. Preparing buttermilk biscuit and sausage patties and Run for the Roses pie for him. Swimming in the backyard pool. Going to camp at Kerrville. Carving our names in the bark of an Aspen tree on Wolf Mountain, Steamboat Springs. He, sleeping on an inflated mattress on the floor so he could be with me and his cousins, Shelby, Alex and Lise when they would visit me. Franklin Middle School Commencement. Very special cards and letters he sent me.

He started using technology devices early on, and would pass down his cell phones to me when he would get a new one. It didn't take him long to figure out everything one would do. He was a genius at that. When I balked on texting, he encouraged me to keep practicing and I would get better at it. When he graduated from Meridell Achievement Academy where he gave an amazing, inspiring extemporaneous speech, concluding it with the poem “Invictus”, I was so proud. In recent years, he made trips with me and his cousins to Eldorado and Mississippi, meeting and loving relatives he had never met. During one trip, I took our group to visit a childhood playground of mine called Red Bluff, the “Royal Gorge of Mississippi”. He learned to eat green boiled peanuts there. My most recent memory, and one very dear to my heart, is seeing him off at Easterwood Airport with Mary and Alex, after his Christmas visit. He sent me photos and texts from the plane, and I asked him “Where are you?” He replied “Somewhere over Mississippi. Sumner, I believe.” “I love you Christopher.” “and I love you, Nano”.

Robert Waltrip

May 20, 2014

My dear son! I miss you so much
It keeps hurting, I can't stop crying
My eyes always search for you in the sky
Heart longs for finding you in the heaven

My dear son! I love you so much
I feel so empty without you
I am so scared of my future without you
Heart longs for being around you for my safety

My dear son! You are my angel
I still feel that you are caring me from above
I tell my broken heart that you are still watching me
Heart longs for your care even from heaven

My dear son! You are my protector
I remember you when I feel lonely
I talk to you when I break into pieces
Heart longs for your support even from heaven

My dear son! I was thinking I gave you life
The reality is that you had given me life
Without you and your presence, I can't exist
Heart longs for your company in my heart until I exist
Please be there in my heart

I Love You Christopher !!!

Family Friend Poems


May 20, 2014

You are forever with me.
Whether it be the suns warmth,
Or the breezes chill,
You will always be with me.
I place comfort in the promise,
Of your life, your faith, and undying belief in family love and compassion.
May you rest in certain peace my friend,
For that peace was created for you.

Good bye for now brother.
I love you and yours,
always and forever.

Catherine Waltrip

May 20, 2014

I'm Catherine Waltrip, Christopher's cousin. As any of his cousins could tell you, we meant a great deal to him, and he to us.

In the book of Job, Chapter 1, verse 21, Job says of the loss of his children, "The Lord gave, and The Lord hath taken away." The Lord gave us Christopher, and he truly was a gift. If there was a limit to his kindness, generosity, and love, I never saw it. I feel privileged to have known and been loved by him. It seems like he saw something special in everyone he met. He didn't have superficial friendships; Christopher could tell me in detail why his connection with each person was unique and wonderful. But if he had a special connection with so many people, it's clear to me that what was truly special was Christopher himself. He had so much enthusiasm about people, places and life in general that his capacity for love seemed boundless. I've never seen anything like it, and I know I never will again. For a young man so full of love, it is fitting that he leaves so much love in his wake. He was born in love, he was cherished in life, and in love he returned to Christ.

Christopher, from your cousin who adores you, and from your nephew who will not meet you on earth, but who will know you well through me: Thank you for sharing your light with the world and for putting that golden thread in the fabric of our reality. We are better for having known you.

Until we meet again.

Paige Hanlon

May 20, 2014

Christopher Waltrip, you were always the sunshine in the room with a big fat hug to give. You taught me the true meaning of love and family. You taught me how to cherish each and every single moment that we share together. You especially loved your sister so much that you couldn't make it a whole hour without saying her name. You and I shared a special bond because of our age. We were kindred spirits from day one. We loved taking pictures and capturing the unforgettable moments we shared with our family.

I truly admired your non-judgmental loving open arms, which would hold and keep me feeling strong whenever I hurt the most. The type of hug that anyone would say felt infinite. Mostly because you wanted to make the people you loved proud. And that is where I find most of my grief today, knowing there will be no more hugs.

On June 3rd 2009 Christopher sent me a Facebook message that said how proud he was of me. How much I had changed and how amazed he was of my maturation. Back then I didn't understand that he looked up to me the way he did. He was an angel and I can only pray to live in his name and make him proud.

I feel nostalgic that Christopher is no longer suffering but leaves us with the pain of his absence.


May 19, 2014

We had so many good memories spending time together at Nano's house! I'll never forget those good times or that one time we broke the swing on Nano's deck. Although we didn't see each other much these past few years that didn't change anything. I was so happy to see you over Christmas break. It feels like just yesterday we were talking about you giving a speech at my future wedding! Oh how I wish you were still here to do that. I know you will be there in spirit. I love you Christopher! Rest in Peace.

I love you,

Victoria Waltrip

May 19, 2014

I never imagined I'd be writing your eulogy. You're the most sincere human being I've ever met, and you have made us all feel so incredibly loved that it is absolutely unbelievable and awesome! Each one of your family members feels a sense of favoritism, at least I know my siblings and I have all had the conversation about feeling as though we each had a special one on one unique bond of understanding and compassion, and even gratitude to be related to one another. It shocks me you are able to do that so easily! And so authentically! But, I know who's most important to you in your life. We've spent many years discussing our love for our family. And I cherish this all evermore because of you. You taught me a lifetime of love and understanding with regard to forgiveness and strength in unity. I know that togetherness was important to you, and so was fun.. Lots of it! So, I vow to keep togetherness and fun alive. I promise you I will make your mom and your brother and your sister laugh, and to love them madly, and I promise you that I will keep you with me in my journey and ours together as a family. Thank you for making yourself known to me through song, and thank you for rewarding me with the belief that you are thriving on the other side. I will take you with me. I love you.

Sabrina Savant

May 19, 2014

I remember the day Christopher was born, I was right there when he came into this world! It was a very happy day for Mary, and all of us! I watched him grow into such a cute little boy, and finally into a handsome young man! He was always so caring. He loved his family unconditionally! His time with us was way to short! I love you Christopher!