Reverend William B. Caldwell
April 19, 1931 - October 3, 2020
Charleston, SC. — William Bruce Caldwell, 89, passed away in Charleston, SC on October 3, 2020, surrounded by his wife of nearly 60 years and his two daughters.
He was born in Buffalo, NY on April 19, 1931. He grew up and lived most of his adult life in Florida. He attended the University of Florida for two years before he entered the US Army for five years where he served as a Medic in Germany during the Korean War. He also spent a brief time as a medical missionary in Cuba while Fidel Castro and his rebels were in the hills.
Upon returning to Florida after his service, he finished his undergraduate degree in history at Florida Southern College. While serving in Germany, he felt the call to the ministry and continued his education at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta GA. While he studied at Emory, he served as the Assistant Director of the Wesley Foundation at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
In January 1961, he married the love of his life, Julie Hardeman and the two began the wonderful journey serving in the Florida United Methodist Conference for over forty years. The family grew over the following years with the addition of two daughters, Ginger and Colleen.
William Caldwell was a cousin to Suzanne Trich Bristow. He spent many summers at Silver Lake as a youth and has long time connections to Silver Lake. His Father was Suzanne's mother’s brother. His mother was Fran Cook, Bob Cook’s aunt. His sister was Carol Cunius whose husband was a former SLI President. Bill was a Methodist minister and has led worship at Epworth.
Rev. Caldwell leaves an extensive legacy of love and devotion not just to his family, but to all he was blessed to have met throughout his life. Well done, good and faithful servant.
Services will be held later in the new year in Cape Coral, Florida. Bill will also be memorized at the next annual Lake-wide Memorial Service at Silver Lake.