OBITUARY

Dean Sylvanus Caldwell

November 11, 1921May 11, 2014
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Dean Sylvanus Caldwell, 92, of Hickory, went to be with his Lord, on May 11, 2014 at his residence. Born November 11, 1921 in Maiden, he was the son of the late Levi Martin Caldwell and Nona Zelma Drum Caldwell. He was a member of Sandy Ridge Wesleyan Church and retired as a truck driver from Champion International Paper and Deitz Motor Lines. He proudly served in the US Navy as a 3RD Class Petty Officer on the USS Wyoming from September 14, 1942 to October 5, 1945. He and his wife Catherine loved music, especially bluegrass. Dean enjoyed playing his guitar, singing, baseball, basketball, swimming, traveling, joke telling and driving a truck. Of all of these passions, music brought him peace.

In addition to his parents, Dean was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Christy Michelle Kirby; brothers, Dennis Caldwell, Gaius Caldwell, Melvin Caldwell, Arnold Caldwell and Wendell Caldwell; and sisters, Elizabeth (Elsie) Caldwell Glowers, Venta Deane Caldwell Hunsucker and Vida Caldwell Branch.

Dean is survived by his wife of 72 years, Catherine “Cat” Isenhour Caldwell; daughters, Patricia C. Kirby and husband Fred; Rita Medley and Cathy Townsend and husband Rick; son, Mike Caldwell and wife Denise; grandchildren, Tamara Green, Jeff Medley, Angela Hunter, Deana James and Jordan Caldwell; great grandchildren, Curtis, Alex and Nolan Medley, Sierra Keller, Kailey and Courtney Hunter; sisters, Idelia Shook of Newton, Edith Bolick of Hickory, Nina Linebarger and Willa Beal of Maiden; sisters-in-law, Virginia Caldwell, Josephine Caldwell, Martha Caldwell, Suella Isenhour, Glenda Isenhour, Edna Isenhour and Ossie Caldwell. A Celebration of Life, with Military rites, will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Sandy Ridge Wesleyan Church with Rev. Scott Howard and Rev. Charles Patton officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens . The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. at the church prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Sandy Ridge Wesleyan Methodist Church Building Fund, 2330 16th Street NE., Hickory, NC 28601.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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May 14, 2014

CONDOLENCES ARE SENT TO UNCLE DEAN'S WHOLE FAMILY. HE WAS A SPECIAL MAN AND IT WAS ALWAYS SO WONDERFUL TO HEAR HIM TELL STORIES AS HE SURE HAD MANY TO TELL. LOVE, ETHYLENE

Steve Brewer

May 14, 2014

Everytime I think of Dean, I can't help but think of the many time that I would run up on him out on the road, we would go in and grab a bite to eat and tell a few jokes and compair knives. I'm sorry for your loss, you will be in my prayers asking God to reach down his hand of comfort on all of you during this time.

Cynthia Keaton White

May 14, 2014

We extend our thoughts and prayers to the Family of Dean Caldwell. We know you will miss him very much.
The Keaton Family

Wayne and Fredia Scruggs

May 14, 2014

We are so sorry to hear about Dean. He was such a precious person. I know he will be missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Wayne and Fredia Scruggs

eddie@janice eckard

May 14, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

May 13, 2014

Pat, so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. It is so hard losing a parent and I know you will miss him.
Susan Blizzard - Hickory, NC

Richard Sudduth

May 13, 2014

Sorry to hear of Dean's passing he and my Dad were really good friends.Sending prayers your way for the family.

Richard Sudduth

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