Irma Jean Phillips Caldwell
June 11, 1933 - October 10, 2021
Midland, Georgia - Mrs. Irma Jean Caldwell, 88, of Midland passed on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Columbus Hospice. Graveside funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery, Ft. Mitchell, AL. Rev. Joseph Baker will be officiating and Mr. Cecil B. Flournoy, Sr. will deliver the Eulogy according to the Charles E. Huff's International Funeral Home, Inc. Viewing will be held on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM at the funeral home located at 927 - 5th Avenue, Columbus.
Mrs. Caldwell was born to the late Don Carlos and Leola H. Phillips and was the first of four children to this union. Irma Jean grew up in the rural town of Magnolia in Marengo County, AL where farming was the main type of labor for most families.
Education was strongly stressed and encouraged in her family. She attended Agee Elementary School in Magnolia and rode the school bus to attend and complete high school in Dixon Mills, AL. Afterwards, she attended Selma University in Selma, AL for 2 years, then she attended Alabama A & M College in Huntsville, AL graduating with a B.S. degree in education. Later, she earned a master's degree in education from Georgia State University.
Irma Jean met her husband Donald B. Caldwell, Sr. at Alabama A & M College and married him on February 11, 1961. Her professional career was spent in education, teaching elementary grades. Her teaching career started in Dixon Mills, AL. Irma also taught in Covington, GA and Columbus, GA. In Columbus, she taught at Forest Road Elementary and 30th Avenue Elementary. Most of her teaching tenure was at Double Churches Elementary School. Irma taught for a total of 36 years at the elementary level for which she loved and adored. She retired from teaching in 1998. Her favorite hobby was reading and doing different crafts with her grandchildren. Her grandchildren affectionately called her "Mama Jean".
She was preceded in death by her parents, Don Carlos and Leola Phillips; husband, Donald B. Caldwell, Sr.; sisters, Emma (Dot) Phillips Belcher, Ruby Phillips Hope, Juanita Phillips Evans; and brothers, Lt. Col. Don Carlos Phillips, Jr. and Hugh Devan Phillips.
She leaves to cherish her memories her three children: Donald Caldwell, Jr., Karlotta C. Brown (Darrell) and Jamonn Caldwell (Tammy); four grandchildren, Austen and Olivia Caldwell, Karlissa and Kayley Brown; one sister, Merita Moore (Daniel), Beaverton, OR; one sister-in-law, Shirley Phillips, one brother-in-law, Edward Caldwell, Jr. and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and cherished friends.
Memorial contributions may be made payable to Literacy Alliance in memory of Irma Jean Caldwell. Mail to Literacy Alliance, P.O. Box 2123, Columbus, GA 31902. Online donations can be accepted directly from the website at https://literacy-alliance-2.square.site/
Published by Columbus Ledger-Enquirer from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15, 2021.