Clover – Mr. James Boyce Caldwell, Jr. of Clover died on December 24, 2017 at Mary Black Memorial Hospital in Spartanburg after a long illness. Known as “Brother” Caldwell, he was the son of the late James Boyce Caldwell, Sr. and Julia Pursley Caldwell.
Boyce was born in Chester, SC on April 17, 1939. He was raised primarily in Clover until the age of 13 when he moved with his family to Williston, SC. A 1957 graduate of Williston Elko High School, Boyce attended Erskine College in Dur West, SC and finished in 1961 with a major in Physical Education.
Boyce’s first job out of college was with York High School as a teacher and coach. He later taught and coached at Hickory Grove High School for a year. His last teaching position was with Mid Carolina High School in Newberry County, SC where he was head football and basketball coach for two seasons.
In 1965, Boyce began his career with the South Carolina Department of Vocational Rehabilitation joining the Rock Hill area office as a vocational counselor. He later became the Project Supervisor for the Voc Rehab Workshop in 1977, a position from which he would retired in 1991. Boyce thoroughly enjoyed his association with Voc Rehab. He made numerous friends while there and was generally regarded as a capable and knowledgeable supervisor.
Boyce was married to Carol Clark of Williston in 1960. He was preceded in death by her in 2016 and his son, James Boyce Caldwell, III in 2015. Boyce was a member of the Clover ARP Church and the York County Businessmen’s Association. A good athlete, he was a member of the Williston Elko High football, basketball and track teams. He was an avid golfer and a fixture at Pinetuck Golf Club for many years. He was a incurable Civil War buff and he visited nearly every National Park Service site related to the conflict in the country. He also owned a collection of books about the war that would rival most public libraries.
Boyce is survived by his son, Clark Caldwell of Rock Hill, his two brothers, W. Wade Caldwell and his wife, Maxine of Columbia, SC and Thomas L. Caldwell and his wife, Diane of Clover; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive family and friends from 6 PM until 7:30 PM, Friday, January 5, 2018 at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, SC and at Clover ARP Church from 1:00 PM until the time of the service on Saturday, January 6, 2018. Services for Mr. Caldwell will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Clover ARP Church, 127 Kings Mountain St., Clover, SC. Burial will follow at Woodside Cemetery in Clover, SC.
The family request that memorials be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.