Maurice L. Caldwell, 84, of Rye, passed away on February 11, 2020 as the result of a spinal cord injury and Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born June 7, 1935 at Yorktown (Lincoln County) to the late R.A. and Lula Scott Caldwell.

Mr. Caldwell was a graduate of Lake Village High School, Arkansas A&M College (Now UAM) and the University of Tennessee School of Social Work.

He was a member of Union United Methodist Church in the Rye community (Cleveland County) where he was very active, serving as lay speaker/servant. At the time of his retirement, he was the mental health administrator of the Arkansas Department of Correction. He was also active in his profession of administrative social work throughout the state and in his local community.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Ann Baugh Caldwell of Rye; a son, Marcus Caldwell of Arkadelphia; a daughter, Nancy (Chris) Scelfo of Fairhope, Alabama; a brother, Lamar (Linda) Caldwell of Monticello; four grandchildren, Lauren Caldwell of Kansas City, Missouri, Marcus Caldwell, Jr. of Little Rock, Sarah Scelfo (Ross) Hollis of Fairhope, Alabama and Joseph Scelfo, II of Hammond, Louisiana; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, at Union United Methodist Church at Rye with the Rev. Boyd Savage officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday at the church from 12:30 p.m. until service time. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery at Yorktown.

Pallbearers are Lauren Caldwell, Marcus Caldwell, Jr., Sarah Scelfo Hollis, Joseph Scelfo, II, Zachary Baugh and Jonathan Baugh.