Dr. Ken Caldwell was born July 13, 1933, in Bessamay, Texas. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of First Baptist Church of Texarkana where he was a member of the choir. He was a founding director of Texarkana Community Band, known as Second Time Around Band and owner of Loveall Music Company from 1986 to 2009. Holding a doctorate in music education, he was best known for clinicing bands all over the world. He was a guest conductor for All-State bands in Texas, California, Arizona, Wisconsin, Louisiana and Arkansas. He has been an international guest conductor in England, Scotland and Switzerland and guest conductor for the Los Angeles Raiders and LA Rams. He opened up the Edinburgh Highland Games of Scotland, Festival of Fete Des Vignerons in Geneva, Switzerland, and Tournament of Roses Parade. Dr. Caldwell taught at Timpson, Texas, Navasota, Texas, Nacogdoches, Texas, Weslaco, Texas; Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., El Camino College of Los Angeles, University of Wisconsin, Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, and Arizona State in Flagstaff. He passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Thank you to all of his 3,815 plus students over the 50 years of teaching and directing. He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Jo Caldwell; a son-in-law, Mark Glenn and brother-in-law, Kenneth Childress. Survivors include his son, Victor Kenneth Caldwell Jr. of Texarkana; daughter, Stacia Glenn of Texarkana; granddaughter, Peyton Elizabeth Glenn of Texarkana; brother, Michael Caldwell of Midland, Texas; sisters, Shirley Roark of Nacogdoches and Judy Smith of Lufkin; son-in-law's wife, Nelda Childress of Lufkin; and many family and friends. Memorial service will be 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at First Baptist Church, 3015 Moores Lane, Texarkana, Texas under the direction of East Funeral Home â€" Moores Lane. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a music scholarship to: Dr. Ken Caldwell, BancorpSouth, 3113 Richmond Rd., Texarkana, Texas 75505, Account #1120951619. Online tributes may be made at www.eastfuneralhomes.com. East Funeral Home.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel from Dec. 20 to Dec. 24, 2013