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Bobby Caldwell, 93, Columbia, KY (1927-2021)

Bobby Caldwell of Columbia passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Summit Manor Nursing Home. He was 93 years old.

The funeral service will be held at 1pmCT on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Steve Martin and Bro. Paul Patton officiating. Burial will follow in Columbia Cemetery.

Visitation is requested after 4:30pmCT on Saturday.

All attendees to the visitation and/or funeral are required to wear a facial covering and follow the Healthy At Work guidelines.

He was born July 1, 1927, in Adair County, to the late Robert and Rachel Coffey Caldwell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandchild, Robert Christopher Caldwell, a brother, David Caldwell and a sister, Jennie Lee Caldwell.

Bobby was a member of Columbia Christian Church, a US Army Veteran, retired from the U.S. Postal Service after nearly 30 years of service and worked at Adair Farmers Service when he finished with his daily mail route. At the age of 18, he "legally" became a firefighter with the Columbia Fire Department and was instrumental in seeing the need for fire protection outside the city limits, so the Adair County Volunteer Fire Department was created in 1954. Bobby served as Chief and President of the county department for many years. At the time of his death, he had served on the fire department for 75 years.

Survivors include:
  • His wife - Janet Miller Caldwell of Columbia
  • Two sons and daughters-in-law - Bobby and Karen Caldwell, Billy and Phyllis Caldwell all of Columbia
  • Four grandchildren - Matt (Paula) Caldwell of Campbellsville, Bradley (Holly) Caldwell of Columbia, Stephen (Karen) Caldwell of Knoxville, TN, and Jennifer Caldwell of Columbia
  • Seven great-grandchildren - Brianna Paige, Emma Joy, Jacob Isaac, Eleanor Kathryn, Jonathan Stephen, Will McWhorter and Maeve Elizabeth
In lieu of flowers, donations to the WHAS Crusade for Children or St. Jude's would be appreciated. These may be left at the funeral home.

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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Bobby Caldwell, 93, Columbia, KY (1927-2021)

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