Leonard Caldwell, Sr.
4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 4, 2010
Donelson Place Care and Rehabilitation Center, 2733 McCampbell Avenue, Donelson, TN
Leonard Caldwell, Sr.
Sunrise - January 4,1933
Sunset - November 27, 2010
Leonard Caldwell, Sr. was born on January 4, 1933 to Myrtle and Clyde Caldwell in Louisville, KY, the youngest of eight siblings. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Henry and Robert; and sisters, Sarah, Martha, Mary, and Margaret.
Raised on a farm, in his early 20's he relocated to Cleveland, Ohio where he met and married Ruth Harrison. Five children were born of this union.
Leonard worked for the White Dove Mattress Company for many years. In addition, he worked as the night manager of a gas station performing tune ups and other mechanical repairs.
Leonard enjoyed playing baseball as a young man and in his later years, bowling became his passion. He competed in many tournaments and was extremely proud of the awards and trophies he received.
Leonard leaves to mourn his sister, Elizabeth Gardener; his five children, Zachary Caldwell, Bathsheba Caldwell-Walker, Leonard Caldwell, Jr., Christopher Caldwell and Cynthia Caldwell Darko; nine grandchildren, Tunishia Caldwell, Jason Caldwell, Alyse Walker, Andrea Walker, Stanley Caldwell, Matthew Caldwell, Elizabeth Caldwell, Sacha Caldwell and Christina Caldwell; six great-grand children, Arianna, Kayla, Zaria, Zyanna, Mehki and Brooklyn; his long time companion, Carol Walton and her daughter, Yvonne and Yvonne's two children; along with a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
To Those Whom I Love...
When I am gone, release me, let me go-
I have so many things to see and do.
You must not tie yourself to me with tears;
Be happy that we had so many beautiful years.
I gave to you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it's time I travel on alone.
So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must,
Then, let your grief be comforted by trust,
It's only for a while that we must part,
So bless the memories within you heart.
I won't be far away, for life must go on,
If you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can't see me or touch me I'll be near-
And if you listen with your heart you'll hear
All my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and say,