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Gilbert Caldwell

Herman “Gilbert” Caldwell


Herman “Gilbert” Caldwell, 89, of Laurens, SC, passed away on February 9, 2021 at his home. 

Gilbert was the son of the late Carter Columbus and Bertie Roberts Caldwell.  As a young lad, he moved with his family from Hot Springs, NC to Laurens County, never met a stranger and enjoyed telling stories and enjoyed working and bush hogging on his farm.  Gilbert retired from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and as a deputy, he treated “everyone like family.”  After his retirement from the Sheriff’s Office, he owned and operated “Caldwell’s Café” on Ekom Beach Road in Laurens County.  Gilbert was previously employed as a dispatcher at Smith & Waters of Ware Shoals, SC, Watson Oil Company of Laurens, and drove a school bus for Hickory Tavern School.    

Gilbert was a member, former deacon, and Sunday School Superintendent at Union Baptist Church of Laurens.  He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Korean Conflict and with the Overseas Service European Command in Germany.  While in the U.S. Army he was the jeep driver for Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th U.S. President.  He was also a Mason at the Brewerton Masonic Lodge #183 of Ware Shoals.

Gilbert is survived by his daughter, Sherry Caldwell, of Cross Hill and his sister, Alveta “Becky” McGeehon of Hickory Tavern. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Christopher “Chris” Dean Caldwell and his siblings, Corbett Caldwell, Algie Caldwell, Austin Caldwell, Boyce Caldwell, Mozelle Owings, Vondie Caldwell, and Olga Lee Caldwell. 

The family will be at the home of his daughter in Cross Hill.        

Graveside Services will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Laurens on Saturday, February 13, 2021, at 2 PM conducted by Rev. Dr. Marcus Bishop and Rev. Rebecca Dixon with Military Honors.  Visitation will be at the graveside following the service. 

Honorary Pallbearers will be the current and previous members of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.

Thanks to Caris Healthcare of Greenwood and caregivers for their loving care of Mr. Caldwell.

Memorials may be made to the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina, 140-A Amicks Ferry Road, PMB #133, Chapin, SC 29036.

Due to Covid-19, the family requests that masks be worn at the service and visitation.


Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.thekennedymortuary.com.    


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Our deepest sympathy in the passing of your father, Sherry and to other family members.
You are in our prayers for comfort.

Thomas and Becky

Thomas and Becky Dixon Feb 11 2021 12:00 AM

Growing up, my sister and I spent weeks of the summer at the home of Raye and Gilbert Caldwell. Sherry and Chris became siblings, Raye and Gilbert were loved as parental figures in our lives. I'm deeply saddened by his passing, but will always remember him as someone who made me smile and laugh. He was kind, outgoing and had the worst jokes to brighten your day. I saw him last at his cafe and he told me I looked exactly the same as he remembered. You did too Uncle Gilbert. My deepest condolences to the Caldwell family. You are in my prayers for strength and peace at heart.

Pamela J Brown Feb 11 2021 12:00 AM

Gilbert was truly an amazing man,our family's and Gilbert, Mrs.Ray,Chris and sherry grew up knowing each other from ekom Beach they would help anyone if they needed it,Gilbert will surely be missed by all,his family will be in my prayers now and the days ahead

Lynn Price Feb 11 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gilbert Caldwell

Lynn Price Feb 11 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gilbert Caldwell

Catherine Holder Feb 11 2021 12:00 AM