Dr. Ken Caldwell, of Texarkana, was born July 13, 1933 in Bessamay. He was a veteran of the Korean War; 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; he was owner of Loveall Music Company from 1986-2009; As a Doctorate of 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; guest conductor at the Los Angeles Raiders and LA Rams. He opened up the Edinburgh Highland Games of Scotland; and Festival of Fete Des Vignerons in Geneva, Switzerland; and Tournament of Roses Parade. Dr. Caldwell taught at Timpson, Navasota, Nacogdoches, Weslaco, Arizona State University, Tempe. AZ; El Camino College of Los Angeles; University of Wisconsin; Northwestern State University, Natchitoches; and Arizona State in Flagstaff. Thank you to all his 3,815 plus students over the 50 years of teaching and directing. He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Joe 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; sisters, Shirley Roark of Nacogdoches and Judy Smith of Lufkin; and 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, TX under the direction of East Funeral Home-Moores Lane. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a music scholarship to: Dr Ken Caldwell, BankCorp South, 3113 Richmond Rd., Texarkana, TX 75505, Account No. 1120951619. Online tributes may be may at www.eastfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in The Lufkin Daily News on Dec. 20, 2013