Virginia Apperson Waldrop


In Loving

Virginia Apperson Waldrop

Jan. 10, 1918 – June 6, 2020

WALDROP, Virginia Apperson, of Montpelier, Virginia, died peacefully at her home surrounded by family on June 6, 2020.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Manfred C. Waldrop, and her two brothers, Robert Apperson and Joe Apperson, both of Culpeper. She Is survived by her daughter, Charlotte Lee Waldrop of Richmond; her son, M. Campbell Waldrop, Jr. and his wife, Carol of Bumpass; two adored Grandsons, Beau Waldrop and his wife, Tiffany of Ashland and Patrick Waldrop and his wife, Kelly of Montpelier; and her much loved great-granddaughter, Grace Ann Waldrop. Also left to cherish her memory, her sister, Edith Brooks; several nieces and nephews; and her dear friend, Steve Talley, whom she considered a “third” grandson.

Mrs. Waldrop, born January 1918, was a native of Culpeper and the daughter of the late, Robert S. and Nora B. Apperson. After attending school in Culpeper, she graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 1941 with a degree in education. She taught in Northumberland County for two years and then in Hanover County at the Montpelier School for twenty years, one year with 49 students in her class. After teaching the children of former students and facing the possibility of teaching their grandchildren she left teaching in 1967 to join her husband in the hardware business which she continued to run after his death until her retirement. At the hardware store she was just as happy if you just sat and discussed the weather while having a Coke (salted peanuts dumped in optional) as she was selling a pound of nails. To drive herself and younger siblings to school, she obtained her driver’s license at age 13 and continued driving until she was 100, sometimes speeding, but contending there wasn’t a cop in the Montpelier who would give her a ticket because she’d probably taught him or her. One of her greatest joys was babysitting her grandsons on Saturday nights and fixing them Sunday breakfasts of pancakes and O.J.– no pulp, please. In later years, she enjoyed time with family and making friends in OBX, although she always thought it a folly to have a house in the path of hurricanes rather than the foothills of Virginia. She has been a member of Hopeful Baptist Church since 1946 and took an active part in the church having taught Sunday School for many years, served on committees and held offices in the church. At church services on Mother’s Days, she hated (and loved!!) being recognized as the oldest mother. She was involved in the community, having been Christmas Mother for Hanover County and being especially interested in the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education, serving on the Board of Directors for eight years.

Because of COVID-19, burial will be private, but a memorial service will be held at a later safer time.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hopeful Baptist Church, 14340 Hopeful Baptist Church Road, Montpelier, VA 23192, or the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education, P.O. Box 82, Montpelier, VA 23192.



  1. Terry McNeely June 10, 2020 at 2:57 am - Reply

    I just heard. So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of your mother.

  2. Tiffany Thompson June 10, 2020 at 3:44 am - Reply

    Such a sweet lady. I enjoyed seeing Mrs. Waldrop very much while working @ BOA in Montpelier. Condolences & prayers to her family.

  3. Brenda Lowry Jones June 10, 2020 at 4:01 am - Reply

    Mrs. Waldrop was a precious sweet lady, always so kind and caring. I enjoyed many conversations with her when visiting Hopeful with my dad, Claude Lowry. She will be greatly missed. Praying for you all.

  4. Ana Caporaletti June 10, 2020 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Such a beautiful sweet loving lady!Virginia you will be missed,Prayers for all.

  5. Margie Waddy June 10, 2020 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    I enjoyed talking with her so much. I saw her at Mrs. Byers birthday celebration. When I spoke with her she gave me a hug and smiled that beautiful smile. A wonderful lady who lived her life to serve others. I will miss her.

  6. Anna B Ambrosen June 10, 2020 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    I have so many wonderful memories from my overnight stays with Charlotte when we were kids, of being a student in one of those huge classes at Montpelier. I would often see her grocery shopping in Montpelier. Her loving presence will be greatly missed. Until we meet again.

  7. Linda Somers June 10, 2020 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Thinking of you all during this loss. Mrs Waldrop was such an inspiration to all. She taught me at Montpelier and I just adored her. Many prayers for the family.
    Linda Somers

  8. Susan/Joe Bradford June 10, 2020 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    A beautiful lady on every way. We were neighbors 1968-1972. Loved living in “Waldropville” a suburb of Montpelier! Condolences to the family.

  9. Barbara Priddy June 10, 2020 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    May this sweet lady Rest In Peace. My Father, Billy Priddy would sit for hours talking to her about anything and everything at the store Montpelier will surely miss her.
    Charlotte and Campbell, I am sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your families.

  10. D.D.Dunn June 11, 2020 at 12:22 am - Reply

    My deepest sympathy to the family of Mrs. Waldrop.

  11. Anne Terrell June 11, 2020 at 1:04 am - Reply

    Beau, So sorry to see this sad news. JD and I are wishing you and family peace during this time.

  12. Jo Anne Bowles June 11, 2020 at 1:20 am - Reply

    What a beautiful lady! Her kindness to all she met will be remembered by all whose lives she touched!

  13. Carol Collins June 11, 2020 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your family”s loss.
    PRAYERS are with you during this difficult time.

  14. Joseph Rosmarin June 15, 2020 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Thinking of you, Campbell, and all of your family. Wish you the best and hope all of you are well. Your mother was one special lady and I would think of her often as my teacher and talking to her at the store. I was actually thinking of her the day she passed. Bless you all. Joseph and Jack Rosmarin

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