We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One
As Funeral Directors, it is our calling to help comfort and console every family we serve. Grief and the associated crisis is a lifelong event that needs to be tended to. We do provide that long term support to families that ask for help. All of this does not mean funerals must be sad, somber and dark events. A funeral is to help family and friends say goodbye in a meaningful way to someone they loved. This can be through traditional or nontraditional means. The funeral serves a purpose. It helps that same family and friends take the first steps to realizing that someone they love, and who made a mark on their lives, is gone. As a society we are continually working to avoid the hard things in life. Sometimes working through the difficult things makes us stronger and more well rounded people. [Adapted from an article written by Jay Sperling in "The Independent" magazine.]
Our founder, G.W. Caldwell, began in funeral service in Gay, Georgia in 1910. Embalming was seldom done, but when the family requested it, embalming was done in the home, and the only charge made to them was for the embalming fluid. There were few funeral home establishments as we know them today. This was still the era of horse-drawn hearses, and "undertaking" establishments were often add-ons to other businesses, such as cabinet making.
Mr. Caldwell moved with his family to Newton County in 1920, and began a legacy of funeral service in our county, with his son, Lewis Caldwell, daughter and son-in-law, Sam and Ruth Caldwell Cowan, and grandson, Judson Caldwell (third generation), following in his footsteps.
Our history in the Covington/Newton County area goes back to 1920, when G.W. Caldwell came to Covington to work for R.E. Everett at Everett Funeral Home as an embalmer. After working for Mr. Everett for several years, Mr. Caldwell became quite ill and was unable to continue working. During his extended illness, another embalmer was hired by Mr. Everett, and when Mr. Caldwell recovered, he had no job to return to.
In 1933, G.W. opened his own funeral home in Porterdale, a small mill town adjoining Covington, and in 1939, he and his son, Lewis Caldwell, opened G.W. Caldwell & Son Funeral Home on Floyd Street in Covington.
In 1975, Lewis' son, Judson, purchased his half of the funeral business, and partnered with Sam Cowan until 1991, when Judson purchased Sam's half of the business and became sole owner.
Lewis Caldwell died in 1990, and both Sam and Ruth Cowan died in 2009, only a month apart. The wisdom and counsel of all three family members is missed.
There have been Caldwells involved in Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home since its inception in 1933, with current owner, Judson Caldwell, being third generation.
My name is Judson Caldwell and I am the
Owner and President of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home. I am a native of
Covington, Georgia. My wife, Ginger, is a native of North Carolina, but grew up
in Virginia. We have been married for 34 years, and have two children, Adam and
Kate. We became owners of Caldwell & Cowan in 1991.
Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home was established in 1933 by my grandfather, G.W. Caldwell. The tradition was carried on by my father, Lewis Caldwell, and my uncle, Sam Cowan. I am a graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, and a graduate of Gupton-Jones School of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, Georgia. One of the highlights of my career was when I served two years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. I spent one of those years in Viet Nam at the U.S. Army Mortuary in Saigon. It was this experience that ultimately led to my decision to carry on the family business. In keeping with my philosophy of commitment to the community, I served eleven years as a Council Member on the Covington City Council, and am a past president of the Covington Kiwanis Club. Ginger and I are members of First Baptist Church in Covington. I have served on the Board of Deacons and as Deacon Chairman, and been active with various church committees. Our goal is to provide professional, personal and compassionate funeral services to each family we serve, and to afford every person we come into contact with the courtesy, respect and dignity they deserve.