James “Riley” Waldrop


Visitation Details

Service Details
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM 10:00 AM
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Bordwine Funeral Home Jones Chapel Cemetery
203 Ohio Ave., Etowah, Tn 37331 203 Ohio Ave., Etowah, TN 37331
Interment Jones Chapel Cemetery
Thursday, June 7, 2018











James “Riley” Waldrop, 68, God’s Special Gift was called home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. He was a resident of Decatur, TN formally of Etowah, TN and retired from Woods Memorial Hospital.

Preceded in death by his father, James Arthur Waldrop.

Survivors include his  mother, Jeannette Wilson Waldrop of Decatur; sister and brother-in-law, Wanda and Calvin Rockholt of Decatur; special nieces and their husbands, Dr. English Rockholt and Dr. Carlos Torres of Chattanooga, Ashley Rockholt  Dennis and Vance Dennis of Savannah, TN; great-nephews, Walker Dennis and William Dennis; great niece, Gabriella Torres; a large extended family, cousins, and many friends.

Family and friends will assemble at 9:00 a.m., on Thursday at the funeral home and proceed to Jones Chapel Cemetery for a 10:00 a.m.  Graveside service with Layspeaker Wade Shultz officiating. Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 6th in the chapel of the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Orange Grove Center of Chattanooga, 615 Derby St., Chattanooga, TN 37404.



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  1. David Guy June 8, 2018

    I was deeply saddened to hear that JR had passed. JR was always on the Lookout for his friends in Blue. I can’t count the times I have pulled over and or turned around to stop and talk to JR. He was always a blessing to talk with. He knew every officers radio number and was a friend to everyone and especially his officers. I always called him “CHIEF” and will always remember him as CHIEF.
    Please don’t consider this a loss because you know right where CHIEF is.

  2. BURCH RUSSELL June 8, 2018

    Sorry to hear of J R passing. He was such a friendly person and easy to talk to, Will miss him.

  3. Stephanie and Mitchell Shugart June 7, 2018

    So sorry to hear of JR’s passing. He always talked with us everytim we saw him in Etowah and always reminded us of how he and Mitchell were cousins. Such a joy to talk to and be around. He was a staple in Etowah for so many years and will be dearly missed. Love to all and continued prayers for you . He was such a sweet and special person.

  4. Thomas W Williams June 6, 2018

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of J R. He was one of my friends and I have many happy memories whan we were at Woods. Prayers and condolences to the family

  5. Lynn Moates Ditmore June 5, 2018

    Jannette, i’ m so sorry for your loss,he ‘s in heaven now no need to worry about him.