Pastor Lomarie Caldwell, known to most simply as Pastor C was born in Bethune, South Carolina on October 1, 1947, to Juanita Caldwell-Jackson and Raymond Gantt, and went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 19, 2021. She grew up in the home of her grandmother, Marie Caldwell and her great-grandmother, Lula Elerby.
Pastor C. was educated in the Kershaw County School District and she also retired from Kershaw County School District, where she worked in the cafeteria at Bethune High School and Bethune Elementary. She lived out her calling every day. Her very life was a sermon. She was head over heels in love with Jesus and she constantly shared that love with everyone she met. If she met you and you didn’t know Jesus, she didn’t leave you without sharing Him with you. If you were saved, she never left you without encouraging you to keep your eyes on Jesus. She would always say, “You can’t run this race all at one time. Live the BEST you know how for the Lord today, then put that day to rest and do the same thing the next day.” Pastor C. loved people and she was never shy about telling you that she loved you. There was no limit to her capacity to love and as a result she has a host of surrogate sisters, brothers, children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Pastor Lomarie was preceded in death by her parents; her grandmother; great-grandmother; a brother, Robert Jackson; a grandson, Joseph Andrew Goings; one aunt, Beulah Mae Ponds of Trenton, NJ and two uncles, Wallace Gantt, Sr. and James Gantt, also of New Jersey.
She leaves to treasure and carry on her legacy, her Fantastic Four; David (Cynthia) Caldwell of Florence, SC, Carolyn Caldwell of Bethune, SC, Caroline (Joseph) Goings of Camden, SC, and Melany (Antoine) Paden of Garner, NC; five grandchildren, Sylvia Caldwell of Camden, SC; Sequoia Goings of Kennesaw, GA, Brandon (Jaqueline) Goings of Panama City Beach, FL, Mikaela Alexander and Malcolm Alexander both of Garner, NC; two great-grandchildren, Omar Bolden and Averie Caldwell both of Camden, SC; five siblings, Flonnie Newman and Louberta (Eddie) Mumford both of Bethune, SC, Marjorie (Frank) Moses and Mary Still both of Cassatt, SC and Leverne (Jackie) Jackson of Lawrenceville, GA; one aunt, Alice McCaskill; one great-aunt, Wilma Bracey as well as a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
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