Obituary for James Carroll Caldwell
Our beloved one, James Carroll Caldwell departed this life peacefully on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Envoy of Denton, Denton, Maryland. He was born on October 10, 1941 in St. Michaels, Maryland to the Late William and Rosalie Caldwell, who preceded him in death.
James was affectionately called DaDa, Pop, and Uncle Caldwell by his immediate family. However, was greatly known as Jim Baby by St. Michaels residents.
James was educated in the Talbot County Public School System. He graduated with the Moton High School Class of 1959. After high school, James enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1960, and he received an Honorable Discharge in 1964. On June 20, 1960, James was joined in Holy Matrimony to Nadia L. Jenkins, and from their union, one daughter was born, Jeannine C. Caldwell.
James was a true “Jack of all trades,” and there was no job or task he wouldn't try. Over the years, James was employed by Lowe’s, Tidewater Inn, University of Maryland Baltimore Hospital, Delmarva Community Transit, Dorsey Bus Company, as well as, retail stores. Jim Baby even traveled and stayed several months in New York to begin his acting career. While there, he mingled with the likes of Butterfly McQueen from the movie Gone with the Wind.
James continued to strategize on how he would be able to be successful and make adequate money for his family. One day he decided he was going to be his own boss and began his own painting business. His painting business employed others and under his leadership was able to paint buildings all along the Eastern Shore. His first painting job was to paint the Talbot Village Apartments Complex in Easton, MD. After gaining success with his painting business, Caldwell set his eyes on a limousine business.
Colonial Limo Service blossomed and was the joy of Caldwell’s success. His limousine service was greatly known and able to provide services for many, including Bennie Smith Funeral Homes. James wasn't done there, he opened a Fish Market and invented and worked on the patent for his invention, “The Painter Helper.” In 1996, James retired due to his health concerns, and began his battle with cancer until his death.
James joined Union Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. William Revely in the late 1960’s. He attended regularly as long as his work schedule and health would allow. James assisted and transported many Union Baptist members to church engagements. Caldwell enjoyed worship services and loved the song “Precious Lord.”
In his spare time, James enjoyed watching sports, westerns and any good adventurous movie. He had a great love for cars, especially Cadillac's, and old school music. Anyone could visit him at his home and find him in the Family room either watching television or listening to the smooth sounds of The Drifters, Earth Wind & Fire, James Brown, Etta James, The Stylistics to name a few.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Kevin Jenkins, his great grandmother, Patty Pointer, whom he loved dearly and his grandmother, Annie B. Roberts who raised and spoil