Anna Ruth Waldrop

June 19, 1932December 26, 2020

Anna Ruth Waldrop, born in Knoxville, TN on June 19, 1932; formerly of Knoxville, TN; resided in Lexington, KY since 2005, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2020.

Preceded in death by husband, Melvin Waldrop in 2000; parents, J.O. and Amanda King; brother, Vic King and wife Cynthia; brother Jim King.

Mrs. Waldrop is survived by her daughter, Cindy (Larry) Henderson, The Villages FL, son, David (Dawn) Waldrop, Lexington KY, grandchildren: Kevin (Darla) Henderson, Boston MA, Laura Whitlock, Campbellsville KY, Danielle (Blake) Brewer, Campbellsville KY, Mark Henderson, Denver CO, and Brett (Lexy) Waldrop, Lexington KY, great grandchildren: Ryan Tucker, Avery Tucker, Anna Henderson, William Henderson, and Tanna Brewer. She is also survived by her special sisters-in-laws, Charlotte King and Marsha Wells, many nephews and nieces, as well as several lifelong friends in Knoxville TN. Ruth was a graduate of Knoxville High School and the University of Tennessee. Music was a big part of her life and she was a superb musician on both the organ and the piano. She has served as pianist or organist for churches in the Philippines, Biloxi MS, Shreveport LA, Knoxville TN and still enjoyed playing for church after she moved to Lexington KY. Ruth worked for many years for Shelby Mutual Insurance Company, retiring in 1997. After moving to Lexington, she continued to be involved in church and also spent many hours knitting and crocheting dozens of blankets each year for donation through Warm Up America. Private burial in Knoxville Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Berry-Highland Memorial Cemetery. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations are requested to be made in her memory to the Southern Baptist Convention Lottie Moon Christmas offering under The International Mission Board at Friends may leave their thoughts and memories at


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Suhasini Bhapkar

January 5, 2021

I am very much saddened by the passing of Ruth. She was a long time member of our Warmup America Group in Lexington, KY.
She was very much loved and admired because of her sweet, gentle and serene nature and equally lovely work. She often spoke very fondly of her family. We had visited her a few times as a group to knit with her and enjoy her company. She will be very much missed.
She lived a blessed life. I am glad to know that she was with her loved ones at the time of passing. My heartfelt condolences to the family.

Karen Fonville

January 3, 2021

My heart goes out to Ms. Ruth's family and friends. I met her through Warm Up America's Lexington chapter. Our group is small, and every person there is a bright spot, but Ms. Ruth was one of the brightest for me. I will always cherish her memory. I look forward to seeing her again when I get to Heaven.

Carolyn B Davis

December 30, 2020

So sorry to hear of Ruths passing. She was a wonderful person. Enjoyed talking with her at coffee on Wednesday mornings at Hager Crossing and Bible Study. My sister and I went to see her last year at the Willows.She was busy knitting.We will miss her. Prayers for the family.

Carla Scobby

December 29, 2020

We send our heartfelt love and prayers to the family on the passing of Mama Ruth. Frank and I feel blessed to have made friends with Cindy and Larry following their move to the Villages and met Mama Ruth on one of her many trips. She was a blessed lady, so kind and giving. I loved watching her crochet knowing it was a gift of love for a tiny one. God gave her such talent and she shared it with all. She will be missed but has gained her heavenly reward as a good and faithful servant. Love, Frank and Carla Scobby

Liz Howell

December 29, 2020

Praying for peace and comfort for your family during this time. Mama Ruth was so special to many of us. I remember her smile and how it always made me thing she was up to something! Most of the time she was!! Love you and your sweet family.


Cindy and Steve Williams

December 28, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of our former precious neighbor. We have such fond memories of her and Melvin. From storing our children's Christmas presents in their garage, sharing flowers from their yard, recipes and more.... they were always there for any need we had at any time. I loved talking to her on her porch or the yard after Melvin passed away.
Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.
Steve and Cindy Williams

Cindy Mize

December 28, 2020

Dear family of Aunt Ruth,
We are sad for your loss here on earth but comforted that she is now happily in heaven. Uncle Melvin and Aunt Ruth were special to the Cruzes and especially to Mom as she had frequent contact with her there in Lexington. We will definitely make a Lottie Moon offering in her memory and have passed the word to our staff at Central Baptist here in Fountain City where she was much loved. We love you all- Cindy and Jeff Mize ,
Justin, Julia