Irma Jean Phillips Caldwell
1933 - 2021
Charles E Huff's International Funeral Home
927 5Th Ave
Columbus, GA
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

Published by Columbus Ledger-Enquirer from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15, 2021.
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Irma helped me get my start in teaching. She was already at Double Churches Elementary when I was hired. She became my mentor and my friend. She was always sweet and kind and patient with everyone and I know her students loved her. I´m blessed to have known her and been her friend. I know your sweet memories of her will bring you smiles in the days ahead. Prayers for your family.
Eve Coulliette
October 16, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Elder John L. Dees Shiloh P. B. Church
October 14, 2021
Mrs. Irma Caldwell was a wonderful, kind lady. I have fond memories of our days at DCE. Thoughts and prayers to her family.
Debbie Yates
October 14, 2021
Our sincere sympathy, prayer and love are with you all during your time of bereavement. Sometimes there are no words only thoughts from the heart. Please know how sorry we are. Blessings,
Augustine and Willie Nobles
October 14, 2021
To the Caldwell Family, "Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort." Please accept my warmest condolences. I´m truly sorry for your loss.
Dr. Billie J. Kendrick
October 14, 2021
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