Gregory Theodore Caldwell
Born in Ashland, KY on February 10, 1955, Greg quietly left us on February 26, 2021, at his home in Murfreesboro, TN. Greg was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Mary Louise Caldwell of Murfreesboro, TN, and a brother, Steven Fredrick Caldwell of London, KY.
Greg will be greatly missed by his sister Beth “Betsy” Caldwell Parsons of Murfreesboro, TN; her husband Dave who considered Greg the brother he never had and loved him dearly; niece Katie Parsons of whom Greg was so proud; and nephew Zach Parsons with whom Greg shared a close bond. Also left to mourn Greg’s passing are special friends Connie Berggren and Belinda Marchant, who always took the time to make Greg feel loved and important, and all the neighbors who knew Greg and kept an eye out for him or would just stop by to say hello. Also surviving is sibling Mark Caldwell (Ingrid Gurney) of Oak Ridge, TN.
Greg was instrumental in assisting our Dad to write not one, but two published books on the history and genealogy of our branch of the Caldwell family titled “Caldwells and their Cousins of Virginia and S.E. Kentucky”. Over a period of two decades, Dad and Greg took countless trips to visit and interview a remote member of the family and conduct tedious research at libraries across the southeast, long before the age of the internet made this task easier. These books were subsequently key in reuniting long-lost family members, sparking an interest in genealogy in others, and encouraging the continuing documentation of the family line. In recognition of this noteworthy accomplishment in helping to preserve Kentucky heritage and history, Greg was awarded the commission of Kentucky Colonel, the highest honor which can be bestowed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
A proud graduate of Smyrna High School, Class of 1975, Greg was among the first to attend classes at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Smyrna and was always very proud of his contribution to the construction of a home while enrolled there. All those who met Greg knew him to be kind and courteous, and he was vital in providing companionship and care for his parents for the duration of their lives. Greg was, without a doubt, the best big brother and uncle anyone could ever hope to have.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to HoneyHill HomeCare in Murfreesboro, particularly Mike Cutter and Tammy Warrick, for going above and beyond to ensure Greg was expertly cared for in a loving and genuine manner these last several months.
Private interment will occur in Pineville, KY so Greg may rest in the Caldwell section at Pinelawn Cemetery with his parents, grandparents, brother, and several other members of the family he loved.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Greg’s name to The ARC of Davidson County, Journeys in Community Living in Murfreesboro, TN, Meals On Wheels, or any other charity of your choice.