Charles William Caldwell

charles caldwell

November 10, 1944 ~ November 15, 2023

Born in: Houston, Texas
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

Charles “Charley” William Caldwell, 79, passed away peacefully at his home on November 15, 2023.  A celebration of life will take place after the holidays.

Born on November 10, 1944, to Robert Walker Caldwell and Eula Beth Locke, Charley spent most of his life on his family farm in the Kurten/Tabor area.  He graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1963, and like a true, proud, fighting Texas Aggie, he received his marketing degree from Texas A&M University in 1967. Charley worked for Red Oak Sportswear/CC Creations for almost twenty years and was a member of Alexander United Methodist Church.

Charley was a sports enthusiast.  He coached the “Blazers,” a women’s slow-pitch softball team, for approximately 10 years, leading them to several National tournaments. He was instrumental in starting the first local girls fastpitch ASA league in Bryan. He also umpired softball, where he was always known to be fair and consistent. While his daughters were not fans of the times he was behind the plate on one of their games, everyone else requested him. He loved watching sports, especially when he was able to take one of his grandchildren to an A&M game. He enjoyed playing golf with his wife for many years and never missed watching The Masters. He loved his family farm, raising cattle, and riding his ATV.  Charley and Gaye along with their two dogs enjoyed many adventures traveling in their RV.  He also loved spending time with his family and was a well-known member of his community. Charley didn’t mince words, always spoke his mind, and was loved and respected.

Charley was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Robert “Bobby” Caldwell Jr., and his daughter, Cecilia “CeCe” Benningfield.  

Charley is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Gaye Williams Caldwell; sister, Elizabeth Kinder (Casey); daughters, Kelley McKethan (Derrick), Jodie Cole (Mike Benites); grandchildren, Tanner Holley (Lizzie), Kelsey Cole, Ethan Benningfield (Grace), Sherry Benningfield, Cassidy Benningfield, Brody Benites, Isaiah Benningfield, Taylor McKethan and Cooper McKethan; and, two, soon to be three great-grandchildren along with a host of nieces and nephews.

Although his family will miss him greatly each and every day, they will always know how blessed they were and how enriched their lives were by his presence.

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  1. Oh Dad, this has been the hardest week of my life, along with losing Cece. I remember being dragged to all those Softball games with you and Gaye. Growing up with Yeager, Chief, Roro, Mel, Ruthie, and so many more. I remember scouting other teams to give you an advantage when you had to play that team. That memory pales in comparison to me standing on your feet at Lakeview learning how to dance. Fighting over you with the rest of us girls every time a waltz came on. My love of horses came from riding Blackmare and Rusty at the house. Sorry for the time I tied him to the butane tank and he pulled off the block . Or what about that time when Jodie and I dragged a baby deer home or all of our dogs that wound up being your responsibility. Thank you for teaching me how to be independent and guiding me through life. I will miss your wisdom and even your gruff sarcasm. I know now you have plenty of energy, you can walk tall and have no pain. I know CeCe was there to greet you when you showed up. I love you and will miss you terribly. Always your daughter!!

  2. Prayers to you Gaye dear friend and all your family. I know how difficult this as I was there many years ago. BWGA are all thinking of you.

  3. I lived next door to Charley dad when they returned to Bryan. Always enjoyed visiting with him when came to check on his dad and Margaret. Hadn’t seen him in years and I saw him at Planet Fitness. So sorry for your loss, he was a one of a kind.

  4. Gaye and family you’re in my thoughts and prayers. Fond memories of Charlie he gladly helped me out a few times with flats etc. Always a treat to run into you guys at Edge General Store. Love, hugs and prayers.

  5. Charlie came once a week, for several months to help his friend, since childhood, Danny Presnal, as he was going through the end stage of life. We treasured his friendship, &
    His willingness to help any way that he could.
    He was a treasure.
    Donna Presnal

  6. Gaye, I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for comfort and peace for your family. Please let me know if I can do anything for you.

  7. I too really liked the family farm too. Charley was certainly a better horseman than me. We played golf together as teenagers. We looked for a lot of my lost balls together. He didn’t mind. Charley had kindness and patience. We did play baseball and basketball together and had a good time doing it. I pray for God’s peace to be with Charley’s family and friends.

  8. I met Charlie & Gaye in the early 1980’s while playing softball for the Blazers. After I moved from the BCS area we lost touch until I moved back about 15 yrs later and bumped into Gaye at Briarcrest Country Club. We quickly reunited. Along with my husband , we worked, had Super Bowl parties, had lake time, enjoyed golf and women’s basketball together. He had a quick wit and knew his sports. You quickly learned not to argue with his knowledge of especially Aggie sports. Charlie was so much fun to be with. He will be missed.

  9. Prayers and hugs to the Caldwell family and friends. I know how hard this is even if you know he is in a better place. Treasure the memories you each had.

  10. Gaye, I will always cherish the memories and fun times we had with you and Charley at golf tournaments throughout the years. Charley was so easy to know and I loved his spontaneous wit. He is another one of the good guys, gone way too soon! Hope and pray that the memories you and Charley made together throughout the years will help bring you some peace and comfort as you go on this next chapter of your life without him. Love you girl! VJ

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