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Christopher Waltrip

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 http://www.youcaring.com/pet-expenses/april-2014-vetting-fundraiser/156198
Expressions of sympathy can be made at www.memorialfuneralchapel.com


Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 7, 2014
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