Evelyne "Toots" O. Caldwell

April 3, 1922November 21, 2018

Evelyne Ophelia “Toots” Sigmon Caldwell, age 96, of Conover, NC, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at Trinity Village in Hickory, NC. Born April 3, 1922, in Catawba County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Garland Pierce Sigmon and Ophelia Jane Richardson Sigmon.

“Toots” was a homemaker and an active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Conover, NC. She enjoyed dancing, gardening, sewing, working puzzles, and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Reid Gilbert Caldwell; sisters, Helen Matthews, Frances Killian, Agnes Bumgarner, and Evelyn Hartzoge; and brothers, Dacosta Sigmon, and Bernard Sigmon.

Survivors include her daughters, Hilda Winebarger and husband Gary of Conover, NC, and Mildred “Millie” Cloninger of Las Vegas, NV; sons, Neil Caldwell and wife Jane of Simpsonville, SC, and Dennis Caldwell and wife Brenda of Conover, NC; grandchildren, Brian Caldwell and wife Kimberly, Carey Taylor and husband Chris, Leslie Caldwell, Hannah Wetherill and husband Mark, and Andrea Abshire and husband Matthew; great-grandchildren, Trinity, Bryce, Greyson, Chandler, Collin, Jack, and Liam; numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, November 25, 2018, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Kevin Graudin and Lay Minister Eric Hauss officiating. The burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service from 1:30 to 2:45 PM.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Brian Caldwell, Greyson Kellett, Chandler Taylor, Collin Taylor, Reggie Wray and Todd White.

Condolences may be sent to the Caldwell family at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to: Adult Life Programs, PO Box 807, Hickory, NC, 28603, or to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 6175 St. Peter’s Church Rd., Conover, NC, 28613, or to Trinity Village, 1265 21st Street NE, Hickory, NC, 28601.

The Caldwell family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover, NC.


  • Receiving of Friends Sunday, November 25, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, November 25, 2018

Evelyne "Toots" O. Caldwell

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Tammy Thomas

November 25, 2018

Dear Hilda and Gary - so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother and Mother-In-Law. Praying that the memories and grace from our Lord will comfort you and bring you peace that passes all understanding.

With love,
Douglas and Tammy Thomas

Dan Houston

November 24, 2018

Neil. Dennis, Hilda and Millie.....I am sorry for you that your wonderful mother and friend to everyone is gone to live with Jesus. She was an absolute delight to be around. I am in Africa right now on a mission trip and won't be home until late next week so I will not be able to attend the service. But please know that my thoughts and prayers will be with you all, specifically praying that God will bring peace and comfort to the family and community knowing that Toots has found found her's. She loved Jesus and her life reflected that love. Now she is with Him forever.

Dan Houston