Rufus (Lamar) Caldwell, 84, passed away in his home in Monticello on November 9, 2022, following a short, terminal illness. Born April 28, 1938, in Star City, 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 (Bill) of Benton, daughter Lisa Caldwell Wise (Brad) of Oswego, Illinois, daughter Amelia Caldwell (Mike Plunkett) of Portland, Ore., and son Jason Lamar Caldwell (Karen) of Jeanerette, La.; as well as nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 13, 2022, at Immanuel Baptist Church. There was a visitation from 4-6 p.m. Saturday evening at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. Burial was 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.