Fredrick Warcouster Caldwell, Sr was born November 20, 1948 in Concord, North Carolina to the late Marvin Henry Caldwell, Sr and the late Frances Mae Cruse Caldwell. On the morning of Friday, January 8, 2021, he grasped God’s hand and exchanged his earthly home for his heavenly home.
At an early age, Fredrick was baptized at First Missionary Baptist Church in Concord, NC and accepted Christ as his personal savior. He loved good Gospel music and singing and in earlier years you could find him on the back row holding down the bass section in the choir.
Fredrick was educated in the Cabarrus County Schools and graduated from Logan High School in 1967, where he lettered in Football, Basketball and Track. After high school, he attended Johnson C. Smith University on an athletic scholarship and later completed his studies at Evans Business College in Concord, North Carolina. A public servant at heart, he began his career as a member of the Concord Police Department. After a few years, he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where he changed professions and became a member of the Charlotte Fire Department. Through his 22 year career, he worked at several Fire Stations and ended his career at Station 14 where he retired as Captain(one of the first Blacks in this position).
Fredrick believed in hard work and on his days off from the Fire Department you could often find him doing various things; cutting down trees, doing minor construction work or home repairs. After retirement, he stayed busy driving for various charter bus companies and worked at the Wachovia Warehouse/Distribution Center as one of the “Fireman” crew. He had an entrepreneurial spirit. For a short stint he owned a Taxicab Company in Concord but his pride and joy was his Travel Agency, Fred’s Tours and Travel; where he worked with many through the years making their travel dreams come true.
Fredrick was an avid sports fan and during Football and Basketball seasons, you could find him in front of the television taking it all in as well as attending various high school and college games. His cooking was his hidden talent and he was definitely a grill master. His burgers were one of a kind and his pound cakes and egg custards were legendary!
In addition to his parents, Fredrick was preceded in death by his brother, Marvin Henry Caldwell, Jr; sister, Mary Frances Caldwell Livingston and beloved aunt, Ethel Caldwell Ward(Aunt Eppie).
Fredrick will be sorely missed by his wife of 32 years, Carolyn Campbell Caldwell; daughter, Fredicia Caldwell Bookman; sons, Fredrick W. Caldwell, Jr and Correy A. Campbell, all of Charlotte, NC; granddaughter, Kristina Marie Bookman of Durham, NC; Godson, Steth Monroe(Laquanda) of Waxhaw, NC; nieces, Wanda Livingston of Oxon Hill, Md and Sharon Williamson(Lester) of Durham, NC; nephew, David Livingston; great-nephew, Emmanuel Livingston, both of Oxon Hill, Md; adopted niece, Lajuana Livingston of Brandywine, Md and a host of extended family, cousins and friends.
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