Winston Saffell Caldwell, Jr.

winston caldwell, jr.
Winston Saffell Caldwell, Jr.- Age 99, passed away on May 7, 2022, just eleven days shy of his 100TH birthday. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary French Caldwell; father, Winston Caldwell, Sr.; wife, Lucy Taylor Caldwell; sister, Mary Caldwell Phillips (Maddin); brothers, French Caldwell, Sr. (Gaynelle); Bill Caldwell (Jackie); daughters, Mary Emily Caldwell and Elizabeth Ann Gambrell (Tim). He is survived by his daughter, Eleanor Williams Zimmerle (Edwin), sons, Winston Saffell Caldwell, III. (Vicki) and William Allen Caldwell (Terri); grandchildren, Lesley Miller (Joe), Natalie Williams (Charles), Carrie Marcos (Jose), Alexandria Gambrell, Drake Caldwell, Helen Caldwell, and Winston Caldwell IV; 5 great grandchildren, and 5 great, great grandchildren and many cousins. He was born in Nashville, TN on May 18, 1922. He graduated from Wallace University High School and then Vanderbilt University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. While in high school, he worked summers at his Uncle James E. Caldwell’s tobacco farm earning $1.25 per day working from 7AM to dark. He was interrupted while at Vanderbilt by WWII, but when he returned to complete his degree, he met the love of his life, Lucy Taylor, who was pursuing a degree in biology. They graduated together in June 1947, then married later that year. He served as an officer in the Navy in World War II and the Korean Conflict. He worked with The Corp of Engineers in the hydroelectric power plant design for Tennessee Dam projects, then went on to work for Redstone Arsenal and NASA, where he retired after the Apollo program. He continued working in Electrical Engineering after returning to Nashville, never slowing down. He worked part time for the Cumberland Science Museum returning every year to help with the museum’s model train layout. He had a true love for nature photography and took many pictures while walking the trails, especially at Radnor Lake. He was an optimist and believed in helping people as much as he could. He was a member of Glencliff Presbyterian Church and the Exchange Club. He will be missed by many. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, May 13, 2022, at 11AM, at Glencliff Presbyterian Church (416 East Thompson Lane) with Rev. Michael Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. For his service to our country, military honors will be rendered. Visitation with the family will be on Friday from 9AM until the service time at 11AM, at the church. ***To view the video memorial presentation, please visit the tribute wall section of Mr. Caldwell's obituary. Arrangements in the care of Compassion Funeral & Cremation Services, 6949 Charlotte Pike, Suite 104. (615) 857-9955

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  1. I cannot believe he is gone. I remember all our Exchange Club meetings with him leading in our prayer and taking photos. He was so much fun to tease. Such a wonderful man! We shared the same birthday and we always spoke about it. I will really miss him. Love to the family. Bonnie Mercante

  2. Winston for years did our opening prayer for the then Hillsboro-Harding Exchange Club. When he became unable to attend I started doing his same prayer. Can’t believe its been over 9 years. Ben Davis

  3. My love to the family during their grief. He touched many lives, including mine, and I am forever grateful.

    A Memorial Tree was planted in memory of Winston Saffell Caldwell, Jr.

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