1937 ~ 2017
Date of death: December 23, 2017
In profound sadness, the staff of Veasley Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc. want to express our sincere condolences to the Caldwell family. Ravin's earthly temple is now resting in the care of Rowell-Parish Mortuary. Revelations 21:4 says "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death; nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall their be anymore pain, for the former things are passed away." Be assured that in the days ahead you will surely gain strength from the memories of Mr. Ravin Caldwell, Sr.
Derrick B.Veasley ~ Director
Henry B.Veasley ~ Director
Pastor E.C. Maltbia ~ Chaplain
Ravin Caldwell, Sr., lovingly known as Mr. C was born in Rodessa, Louisiana on July 31, 1937 to Leola Phillips and Napoleon Caldwell. Who have both proceeded him in death. Ravin was an only child. Ravin met and married his wife Laverne Johnson in 1957 and became the proud parents of six children three boys and three girls. His sons Richard, Philbrick, Ravin, Jr. his daughters Felicia Green and Belinda Caldwell-Washington and Fonda 'Blossom' who has proceeded him in death.
Ravin is one who never met a stranger. Upon moving to Ft. Smith he found a family with the same surname of Caldwell who allowed him to stay in his home until he was able to get on his feet, in the community of Midland Heights where he made his home for the last 50 plus years. Construction work brought Ravin to Arkansas. He worked with Kerr Lock and Dam in Sallisaw and then helped with the construction of Central Mall with Womack construction. Later, Ravin was hired onto MacSteel where he operated a cranr for many years. He retired in 1996.
Ravin was a very hard worker and never missed days of work and was very demanding about how things got done. (the right or his way). Ravin was always a great help in the community and would give the shirt off of his back to help you. He enjoyed watching and supporting his children and grandchildren. Ravin has been a great presence in Ft. Smith and was loved by many. He will truly be missed.
Ravin leaves to cherish his loving memory, his wife of 60 years, LaVerne; three daughter-in-laws , Jo (Richard) Caldwell of Auburn, AL, Vanessa (Phil) Caldwell of Ft. Smith, AR, DeAnna (Ravin) Caldwell of Laurel, MD; 13 grandchildren Porter Caldwell, Ryan Caldwell, Philbrick Caldwell, Jr, Bria Caldwell, Anna Gordon, TaylorGreen, Sydney Green, Ashton Caldwell, Talia Caldwell, Ravin Caldwell, Kylin Washington, Khaden Washington, Karys Washington; two great-children and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held Friday, December 29, 2017 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm at Rowell-Parish Mortuary.
Celebration of life service will be held, Saturday, December 30, 2017, 11:00am at the Doubletree Hotel (Bell Star Room), 700 Rogers Ave, Downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901.
Committal service and final resting place will be held at Oak Cemetery, Fort Smith, Arkansas.