P.O. Box 506, 943 Highway 425 North, Monticello, AR71655

Rufus Lamar Caldwell
April 28, 1938 - November 9, 2022

Rufus Lamar Caldwell

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Rufus (Lamar) Caldwell, age 84, passed away in his home in Monticello on November 9, 2022, following a short, terminal illness. Born April 28, 1938, in Star City, AR, he was a graduate of Lakeside High School in Lake Village. He served in the United States Air Force for 21 years, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. Known by many names - Pete, Poppy, and Mr. Lamar - he was a ''jack-of-all-trades'' and a man of many quiet talents. Lamar was a long-time employee of Paint and Lighting Plus in Monticello until his second retirement at the age of 80. He was a dedicated and active member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

Lamar was preceded in death by his parents Rufus Andrew and Lula (Scott) Caldwell; his brother Maurice; and his granddaughter Taylor Caldwell. He is survived by his wife Linda; daughter Cynthia Caldwell Whipple and husband Bill of Benton, daughter Lisa Caldwell Wise and husband Brad of Oswego, Illinois, daughter Amelia Caldwell and husband Mike Plunkett of Portland, Oregon, and son Jason Lamar Caldwell and wife Karen of Jeanerette, Louisiana; as well as nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 13, 2022, at Immanuel Baptist Church. There will be a visitation from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Saturday evening at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. You can sign Mr. Lamar's guestbook page at www.stephensondearman.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to one of the following: Immanuel Baptist Church Food Pantry, Special Olympics, or Habitat for Humanity.

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Saturday, November 12, 2022
from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home
943 Highway 425 North
Monticello, AR  71655
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Funeral Service
Sunday, November 13, 2022
at 2:00 p.m.
Immanuel Baptist Church
939 Barkada Rd.
Monticello, AR  71655
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Oakland Cemetery
N. Hyatt St
Monticello, AR  71655
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  1. Pat and Carolyn Harper
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Caldwell family during this difficult time.

    Pat and Carolyn Harper
  2. Raymond Stewart
    Faye and I are sorry to hear about “Pete”. When we were kids, we spent lots of time together. It was always fun to visit Pete. He was the closest first cousin that I had. My prayers are for Linda and the family
  3. Steve & Julie Scott
    Cuz you will be missed. I’ll always remember Lamar for is gentle spirit and the beautiful smile that God blessed him with. He had such a positive outlook and I can remember several times that he had encouraging words to share. I’m sure he got “Well done good and faithful servant” prayers for all of the children and grandchildren and their family’s.
  4. Trisha Abbott
    Linda and family, I cannot truly express how sorry I am to learn of Mr. Lamar’s passing. I’ve been on the East Coast and only returned late yesterday evening. He was a dear man, and I sure loved him. I pray our precious Lord will give you strength and comfort you. I’m sure he’s helping with the sound system above ❤️
  5. Raymond and Mary Clary
    Linda we are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers
  6. Carol Meyer
    Sending love and prayers from Chicot County and a big hug especially for Linda.
  7. Melissa Sims
    Aunt Linda, Amy,Jason and families,
    I want you all to know just how much I love you all and how sorry I am to hear about Uncle Lamar’s passing. I always remember him as a quiet man, but I believe the way he lived his life spoke volumes.
    Please accept my condolences. Lots of love and hugs to you all.
  8. Beverly Burchfield
    Linda, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and all your family for peace and comfort during the days and weeks ahead. May the Lord be with you in a mighty way. Love,
  9. Alvin and Irma James
    Linda and family… so sorry about Lamar. He was a really great guy. Always helpful in so many ways. He will be missed. Love and hugs to all
  10. Gary Newton
    To the entire Caldwell family I extend my deepest sympathies. Mr Lamar was truly one of the nicest man I’ve ever known. I had the pleasure of working with him for a time at Paint & Lighting and developed a huge respect for his kindness and his amazing knowledge of so many things. My quartet will be out of town this entire weekend singing so I will be unable to attend the service. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am comforted only in knowing we will see him again in heaven!
  11. Judy Kelley
    My deepest sympathy. Prayers for you and your family.
  12. Melanie and David Pharr
    Jason, Karen and family… we are sorry for your loss of Poppy. We know he will be dearly missed. Please accept our deepest condolences.
  13. James and Judy Howard
    Jason,Linda and Family we are so sorry for your loss. Will be keeping ya in our prayers. I pray the LORD will give ya Strength,Comfort in the days ahead. James and Judy Howard
  14. Barbara Newton
    So very sorry for your loss. Praying for the family.

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