Dennis Reece Caldwell

Saturday, March 16, 1929 - Monday, June 21, 2021

A Giving and Caring Man

Photo of Dennis Reece Caldwell  - 1929-2021

Canton – Dennis Reece Caldwell, age 92, passed away during the peaceful morning hours of Monday, June 21, 2021.

Dennis was born in the Cataloochee Valley of Haywood County on March 16, 1929 and was the son of the late Charlie Ray Caldwell and the late Eulala Palmer Caldwell. He was a United States Army veteran having honorably served his country. Mr. Caldwell retired from Champion International with 36 years of dedicated service and he was also a Champion Oldtimer.  Dennis was an avid fisherman and always enjoyed spending time working in his garden. Mr. Caldwell’s faith was an important part of his life and he was a dedicated member of Waynesville Christian Fellowship where he had served as an Elder. In his Bible, Psalms 23 was where he turned to read his favorite scripture daily. Dennis was truly a good man- he was kind, he cared about others and was always willing to reach out to anyone that might need a helping hand. In the words of his family, “He lived his life’s testimony.”  Dennis was a loving husband, wonderful father and grandfather that will always be a part of us forever. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Edna Ferguson and Edith Schleicher.

Surviving are his loving wife of 67 years, Mary Lou Reed Caldwell of Canton; his daughter, Denise Holcombe and Donald of Canton and his son, Alan Caldwell and Sue of Canton; grandchildren, Holly Gibbs and Josh, Nicole Wilson and Shane, Rachel Sellers and Will and Lisa Caldwell; great-grandchildren, Easton Wilson, Emmalyn Wilson, Callie Gibbs, Madeline Sellers and a precious blessing of Baby Gibbs on the way.

A service of remembrance and celebration of Mr. Caldwell’s life will be held at 6:00 pm Thursday, June 24, 2021 at Waynesville Christian Fellowship .  Clayton Davis and Josh Gibbs will be leading the service. The family will be receiving friends at Waynesville Christian Fellowship from 5:00 until 6:00 pm prior to the service.

Memorials may be made in memory of  Mr. Caldwell to The Camp of Living Water, 1510 W Deep Creek Road, Bryson City, NC 28713 or to Gideons International, PO Box 1204, Canton, NC 28716.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Caldwell family.          

Condolences from family and friends

The Pisgah High School Class of 1978 extends our heartfelt condolences to our classmate and friend, Denise Caldwell Holcombe, on the loss of her beloved father, Dennis Reece Caldwell. Please know that we have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. May the memories you hold so near and dear be your comfort now and forever.
PHS Class of 1978
May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead. Keeping the family close in my thoughts and prayers.
Cindy Dixon-Owen
We were so sorry to hear about Dennis. Our prayers and sympathy goes out to the family. Dean and Anne Mathews
Anne Mathews
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for Holly and family and Lisa.
Marilyn Herbert
With sincere condolences I am sending my prayers to all the Caldwell family. May your wonderful times and the beautiful memories you made be your comfort. God’s blessings for all of you. I really enjoyed the beautiful stories Dennis shared. It was a blessing to have known Dennis.
Annette Hatley
Sending my sincere condolences and prayers to all the Caldwell family and extended family. May all your beautiful memories you shared be a comfort to you. May God’s bless and comfort you as you move forward thru the days ahead.
Dawn Worley Hyatt