RAY EARL CALDWELL, age 90, passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2022 with his family by his side. Ray was born in Trafford, AL on December 24,1931 to the late George Earl & Eunice (Brakefield) Caldwell.
Ray served in the U.S. Army for 20 years and was a combat veteran in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. He received a Purple Heart and was awarded the Bronze Star. Ray worked in several occupations, ultimately retiring from the Miller Brewing Company. He was well known for his hard work ethic, his compassion towards others and being able to fix or build anything. His good nature was warmly welcomed by everyone he met. He devoted his life to loving concern for his family. Grandchildren Courtney, Caroline, Alexandra, Ian and Brendan thank him for his loving guidance throughout their lives.
Preceded in death by his wife, Judith, former wife, Grace, sister, Lucille, brother-in-laws Austin & John, and sister-in-law, Norma.
Ray is survived by his children, Cheryl (Barrett) Kain of New Orleans, LA; Derrick (Arlene) Caldwell of Pittsburg, PA; Randal (Rose) Caldwell of Marcy, NY; stepchildren, Belinda (Andy) Gamms, John Pekoff, and Scott Avery all of the greater Syracuse area, NY. Ray leaves behind sisters, Velma Anderson, Emogene Kelley and brother (& best friend) Charlie Caldwell all of Montgomery, AL. He is also survived by several grandchildren, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at the Syracuse VA and Iroquois Nursing Facility for their care and compassion.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 2:00pm from the Chapel of Ellison Memorial Funeral Home in Clanton.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Burial with military honors will follow in the Mt. Creek Baptist Cemetery in Marbury, AL.
Donations can be made in Ray’s honor to: Warrior Freedom Service Dogs, Inc., 209 Walker Hollow Rd, Flintstone, GA 30725
Final care and arrangements entrusted to the Ellison Memorial Funeral Home of Clanton, AL.
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