Funeral services for Leeoma Caldwell will be held on Friday, June 23, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church – Hugo, OK. Leeoma went home to the Lord on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, in Paris, Texas at the age of 87.
Leeoma Merle Short Caldwell was born to Jessie Elva Norvell and Samuel Webster Short on July 22, 1935, in Sickles, OK. She moved to Choctaw County in 1942. She then attended Hugo schools and was a graduate of the 1953 class. Leeoma met her husband Joe Caldwell while she worked at the family restaurant. Joe was captured by Leeoma. They married in 1955 and Leeoma was very blessed to have Joe as her companion for 53 years.
Leeoma became a Christian at a young age, and she loved the Lord with all her heart. She called up the Lord many times in her life and always waited for Him to lead her. She faithfully served as a member of Clayton Avenue Baptist for 47 years teaching classes for all ages. She was currently a member of the First Baptist Church where she continued to serve the Lord. Her church family held a dear place in her heart. She loved each of them. Leeoma’s first job was driving a school bus, she was the first woman school bus driver for Hugo and Choctaw County. She worked for Kiamichi Tourism and the Choctaw County Tag office. She became a realtor in 1984, Leeoma said it was the most rewarding job. She served as the secretary and president of the Chamber of Commerce. She won citizen of the year when she was president. She served on the Rotary Club and was president; and she also served on the Little Dixie board for almost 20 years. She was on the board of Choctaw Electric and Western Farmers as well. Leeoma lived life to the fullest and she did things her way. She was always ready to go if someone had a place to travel to.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Joe Caldwell in 2008; brothers, James S. Short, Paul H. Short and Johnny M Short.Leeoma is survived by all her children, Terry and his friend Susan of Hugo, Peggy Easterwood and her husband, Mike of Ft. Towson, Tracy Lewis Caldwell of Hugo, and Scotty Caldwell and wife Debbie of Santa Fe, TX; grandchildren, Le’Ann Atilano and husband Jeremie of Waxahachie, TX, Alicia Rouse and husband Matt of Paris, TX, Dustin Caldwell and wife Cierra of Hugo, Blake Easterwood and wife Kobie of Sherman, TX, Chad Easterwood of Ft. Towson, Tate Caldwell and wife Chantri of Hugo, Gideon Caldwell and wife, Seanna of Hugo, Kristen Bulpitt and husband Jason of Santa Fe, TX, Courtney DiSalvo and husband Jake of Dickinson, TX; great-grandchildren Jr. Atilano and wife Emory of La Porte, TX, Mia Grace Atilano and brother, Joe Atilano of Waxahachie, TX, Ellie and Cade Rouse of Paris, TX, Kimber, Katelyn and Khloe Easterwood of Sherman, TX, Zoey Bulpitt of Santa Fe, TX, Branson Caldwell of Hugo, OK, Dacey Lee and Pate Caldwell of Hugo, Autumn Caldwell of Hugo; great-great-grandchild, Trip Atilano of La Porte, TX; brother, Donald Lewis Short and wife, Martha Jo of Hugo; sister in law, Faye Short Cannon of Shawnee, OK and a host of extended family; her best friend, Jackie Welch; her friend, the cattleman Mark Scott.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 22, 2023, at the First Baptist Church in Hugo, OK from 5:00-7:00 p.m.Family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to First Baptist Church of Hugo, Oklahoma, or Goodland Academy.Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book or send private condolences to the family at www.praterlampton.com.Funeral arrangements were trusted to Prater-Lampton-Mills & Coffey Funeral Home, 216 E Jackson Hugo, OK 74743, (580) 326-6464.