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Curtis Wade Caldwell

Curtis Wade Caldwell of Denver Colorado, formerly of Kremlin, Virginia was received in God’s Heavenly Garden on January 26, 2013, at the age of 33. He was a Master Chef at Denver’s Vesta Dipping Grill, a position he has held since his graduation from Johnson & Wales University in Denver. Curtis was also credited as being an accomplished magician, street performer, musician, and artist, and always attracted much attention and was much enjoyed. In his younger years he practiced his talents for his family, school friends and church gatherings. As his abilities grew, so did his expertise and notoriety. After graduating from Washington & Lee High School in 1997, Curtis developed a desire to entertain and joined forces with the Westmoreland Players for a short while. During this time he also began to work in the restaurant field starting as a waiter at Good Eats Restaurant located near Kinsale, Virginia. He quickly developed a strong bond with the owners and was soon preparing and creating some of the most delicious items which they featured on their menu. It was at this time he started to create his famous peanut butter cup, which has become a staple at Vestas in Denver and is tremendously enjoyed. Curtis then decided he needed to see the world and started his journeys throughout the United States with the Renaissance Faire, continuing in developing his talents and honing his cooking skills. From Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California and finally Denver, Curtis left his mark and a great impression on all who befriended him. Curtis moved back home for a short time but felt the need to explore what was outside of Virginia again. It was during this move and final stop in Denver the Curtis decided to call Denver his home and registered and was accepted at Johnson & Wales University where he graduated in 2007 Summa Cum Laude in the top 10 of his class. Curtis was also a visionary and enjoyed life to its fullest – never complaining but making the best of whatever was offered – creativity was a key word in his vocabulary. Curtis leaves to cherish his memory and accomplishments his mother Annie Caldwell of Kremlin, Va., his father, Charles Caldwell of Warsaw, Va., a step-brother, Casey Caldwell of Richmond, Va., his maternal grandmother, Iva Howell of Kremlin, Va., along with a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends here, in Denver and throughout the United States. Curtis also leaves two very close friends in Denver, Joe Davis and Adam McLain who will also cherish his memory and friendship. Viewing took place Thursday, January 31 at the Welch Marks Chapel at 10300 Richmond Highway outside of Warsaw, Virginia from 6 pm – 8 pm. The funeral service was held on Friday, February 1 at the Welch Marks Chapel at 11 am with Pastor Don Zampogna officiating. Songs of inspiration and comfort were performed by Ricky Wilkins and commemoratives and readings were given by family and friends. Interment followed in the Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery at Lyells, Virginia. Pall bearers were – Bliss Coates, Johnny Jones, Billy Joe Montgomery, Paul Israel, Merile Jones, and Robert Gillions. Repast followed in the Beulah Baptist Church Hall with refreshments and meal prepared by the Beulah Baptist Women. The family extends a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has helped us through this time with their prayers, concerns, and encouragement. Bless you all.


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