The Seasons of Life: Stanley Caldwell, Sr.
" To everything is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven."
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)
"A Time to be Born"
Stanley Caldwell, Sr. was born March 16, 1945, to the late Cleo and Frank Caldwell in Birmingham, Alabama. He was blessed with many siblings: A brother Harold and a sister Trannie (both preceded him in death) a sister Yvonne (Caldwell) Woods, a half sister Bernadette Caldwell and nine step siblings.
"A Time to Serve in God's House"
Stanley Caldwell was baptized at an early age. He was always a very spiritual person with knowledge of the Words of God. He has been a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Hamilton, Ohio for many years. Through his triumphs or tribulations he met life's challenges with God in command.
"A Time to Learn"
His beginning educational journey started in the Birmingham/Jefferson County, Alabama School System. It continued some years later in Hamilton, Ohio. He attended Garfield High School in Hamilton, Ohio.
"A Time to Answer His Nation's Call"
When others marched in protest, obtained deferment or fled the country to avoid the Vietnam War during the 1960s, Stanley Caldwell, Sr. answered the nations call for service. He joined the Maine Corps of the United States of America; his faith and hope in God was his shield. He completed his basic training at Paris Island, South Carolina and his Marine Corps Infantry Training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. After Camp Lejeune he went to Camp Pendleton, California. He was shipped from Camp Pendleton to South Vietnam via a war training site in Okinawa, Japan. He arrived in South Vietnam in February of 1966. Heroically served two consecutive tours. Shortly after arriving in South Vietnam, as a member of the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Division, he participated in fierce search and destroy missions against both the Vietcong and the highly competent war fighters, the North Vietnam Regular Army. Stanley Caldwell, Sr. was among the first American warriors to go to the hills of Que Son. His battalion's mission was to intercept the flow of material and troop movement down the Ho Chi Minh Trail and to secure a site for an important Air Base. He engaged in some of the most forceful fighting of his stay in Vietnam while at Que Son. Stanley was blessed with the protection of God's shield; he suffered no life threatening injuries, attaining the rank of Lance Corporal, and serving his nation two tours of intense duty in Vietnam. Stanley Caldwell, Sr. Honorably returned to civilian life in December, 1968.
"A Time for Family and Friends"
Stanley loved his family. As a child he demonstrated such great love and respect for his mother(Cleo), father(Frank) and all of his siblings, Hal, Vonne, Trannie, half sister Bernadette Caldwell and nine step siblings. He had great love and respect for the grandparents that he knew, Granddaddy (Cleve Dilworth) and his step grandmother (Mrs. Annie Mae). His love and respect for his son, Stanley Caldwell, Jr. was a true testimony of what love is. Being a grandfather/godfather was another opportunity God used him to show love and respect to his granddaughters, Nevaeh and Sarenthia Caldwell, his goddaughter, Terri D. Ingram and his god granddaughter, Tailynn Bridges. He also had a special love and respect relationship with his nieces: Lynn Caldwell and Randy Woods. That love and respect broadened to all his nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He loved and respected all his uncles and aunts with lasting love and respect for his only living uncle, Uncle James ( LC) Dilworth. He had a very special relationship with his cousins. He addressed them with love and admiration, "Hey Cuz." He shared a special cousin bond of love and respect with Charles G. Dilworth. They grew up together as cousin brothers. He also shared a special cousin bond with Robert Caldwell Jr.. He not only had love and respect for family but special friends as well: Benny Northcutt, Calvin Wortham, Gladys Willis from Dayton, Ohio and Andrew Dukes from Cincinnati, Ohio. He considered them as faithful friends during the good times as well as other times. Throughout all his seasons Stanley loved and respected family and friends.
"A Time to be with the Lord"
Stanley Caldwell, Sr. peacefully made his transition to his Heavenly Home January 4, 2018, at 6: 27 pm, Riverside Nursing Home, Dayton, Ohio. He will forever be with God because God is love (1 John 4:8 and 1 John 4:16) and Stanley will forever be mourned, remembered, and everlastingly loved by family and friends. " To God Be the Glory!"
2nd Corinthians 5:8 reminds us "... to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord." (NKJV)