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“The steps of a man are established by the LORD, and he delights in his way.” – Psalm 37:23
Caldwell A. Flood, Jr., was born on September 20, 1935, to the late Caldwell A. Flood, Sr., and Alma B. Flood in Delhi, Louisiana. Caldwell passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, surrounded by family in the home of his daughter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyace West Flood; parents; three sisters, Barbara Davis, Jacqueline Mitchell, and Robertine McCaa; and four brothers, Ronald Flood, Michael Flood, Lawerence May, and Calvin Flood.
Caldwell’s educational foundation began at Richland Parish Training School where his love for learning was fueled. He excelled in all subjects but held an undying love for mathematics. He had a gift for understanding how numbers and computations worked to solve even the most complex math problems. Caldwell attended Esther Toombs High School, graduating in 1953 as Class Valedictorian. Following the path of his big brother, Caldwell continued his education at Southern University, graduating in 1957 with a degree in Mathematics. His commitment to leadership, brotherhood, academic excellence, and service led Caldwell to become a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., while on Southern’s campus. He also attended the University of South Carolina, where he participated in a summer program designed to help integrate students of color into the university. Caldwell earned a master’s degree in 1970 from ULM. Other higher education affiliations include LaTech, LSU, and USL.
Caldwell enlisted in the Armed Forces, serving on active duty in the Army and the Army National Guard. He served as 1SG of the 528th Engineering Battalion Company C. He completed the Sgt. Majors Academy but did not serve in this capacity before retiring. Upon leaving active duty, Caldwell embarked on the career that would soon prove to be his passion. During his over 50 years as an educator, Caldwell worked in Bienville Parish, West Carroll Parish (Combs McIntyre & Pioneer HS), and Tensas Parish. He served as a teacher, night school instructor, basketball coach, assistant principal, and principal during his tenure. However, teaching mathematics, chemistry, general science, and aerospace education was what meant the most. While teaching at Combs McIntyre, he met, pursued, and married Joyace West. He and Joyce were married until her death in 2016. To their union was a son who died at birth and a daughter, Jacquelyn. Jacquelyn was the apple of his eye until the arrival of his two grandchildren, Jayla and Jamar. The three were inseparable. He would work hard to make every effort to attend all their birthday parties and school events. He would call them EVERY night to review math homework, ensuring they understood the math they encountered each day. He would even go so far as to purchase their textbooks to follow along with every lesson.
Coming from a family deeply rooted in the Baptist church, it is no wonder he accepted Christ at an early age by becoming a member of the Cloud Creek Baptist Church in Delhi, Louisiana. After leaving West Carroll Parish, Caldwell made Waterproof, Louisiana, his home, where he served as a member of the Myrtle Grove Baptist Church and taught the adult Sunday School class. He served faithfully in this capacity until he moved to live with his daughter. While in Waterproof, he also decided to throw his hat into the political arena and serve as Alderman of Waterproof, Louisiana. In 2009, he was sworn in as Mayor and would serve in this capacity until 2018, when he decided not to seek reelection.
Cherished memories of Caldwell will forever remain in the hearts of sisters, Katie Fluker and Patricia Flood, both of Baton Rouge, LA; daughters, Jacquelyn Flood Anderson (Lamar) of Monroe, LA, Pamela Garner Smith (James) of Chicago, IL; son, Tre’Shaun Wiggins of Baton Rouge, LA; granddaughter, Jayla Anderson of Monroe, LA; grandson, Jamar Anderson of Ruston, LA; goddaughter, Kala (Kalo) Burrell Craft of Glen Burnie, MD; and a host of special nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, students, and colleagues.