Mr. Caldwell began in funeral service in Gay, Georgia in 1910. At that time, embalming was only done when the family requested it, and was always done in the home. There were few funeral home establishments as we know them today, and "undertaking" establishments were often add-ons to woodworking businesses, such as cabinet and casket making.
Mr. Caldwell moved with his family to Newton County in 1920, initially coming to Covington to work for R.E. Everett at Everett Funeral Home as an embalmer. In 1933, after losing his job with Mr. Everett due to an extended illness, Mr. Caldwell decided to open his own funeral home in Porterdale, a small mill town adjoining Covington.
Judson Caldwell, Owner and President of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home since 1991, and his wife Ginger, Vice President and Secretary, of the Company. Married since 1977, they have two children, Adam and Kate.
A graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, and Gupton-Jones School of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, Georgia, Judson served two years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. One of those years was spent in Vietnam at the U.S. Army Mortuary in Saigon. It was this experience that ultimately led to his decision to carry on the family business. Judson served eleven years as a Council Member on the Covington City Council, and is a past president of the Covington Kiwanis Club and the Independent Funeral Directors of Georgia (IFDG). He has also served on the Board of Deacons and as Deacon Chairman, First Baptist Church, Covington, and has been active with various church committees.
As owners of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, the Caldwells have made a commitment to their community to provide professional, personal and compassionate services to each family served, and to afford every person and family the courtesy, respect and dignity they deserve.