William Christopher Waltrip
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.
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.
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,
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.
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!