Rev. Howard Richard Caldwell

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Rev. Howard Richard Caldwell, 78, of Cumming died on Nov. 20, 2009, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. He is now celebrating his new life with the Lord. Born and educated in Albany, N.Y., Howard was the son of the late Howard and Jane Caldwell. His brother, Roy Caldwell also predeceased him.
Howard served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. The G.I. Bill enabled him to attend college, receiving a BS and an MBA from the State University of New York at Albany. After college, he became the youngest school business administrator in New York State. He has always been an avid sportsman as a player and a coach. Rev. Caldwell played minor league baseball, coached high school football and baseball and then hit the golf course. One of his greatest joys was playing golf, something he recently taught to his 13-year-old grandson Ryan.
Howard felt called to the ministry and began his call as a lay leader, local pastor and student pastor. He received his Masters of Divinity from Drew University after commuting from upstate New York to Madison, N.J., for three years. He was ordained a deacon and then an elder by the North Central New York Conference. He has served churches in upstate New York in Brooktondale, Watkins Glen, Beaver Dams and the Homer Avenue UMC in Cortland. He has also served the following churches in Georgia - Cool Springs, the Dawsonville Circuit and Ebenezer. What he will be remembered most for was his love of God, his love for all people and the way he helped others everywhere he went.
His survivors include his beloved wife, Virginia Caldwell of Cumming; daughter, Laurie (Chris) Hintz of Cumming; son, Chris (Christine) Vogt of Rochester, N.Y.; sister, Laura (Floyd) Schafer of Florida; brother, Robert (Carol) Caldwell of Florida; sister-in-law, June Caldwell of Florida; and grandchildren, Ryan and Chase Hintz and Michael, Jessica and John Vogt.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at Cumming First United Methodist Church. Interment will follow Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Georgia National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Food Pantry at Cumming First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 606, Cumming, GA 30028.
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McDonald and Son Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in from Nov. 23 to Nov. 26, 2009