James Ralph Caldwell

JAMES RALPH CALDWELL, 74, of Wellsburg, WV, passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at his residence with his family by his side. James was born on March 3, 1949 in Steubenville, OH. He was the son of the late Walter Caldwell and Goldie (Ralph) Caldwell. James was registered as the #4 EMT and Paramedic in the State of WV servicing Brooke County for five years, then working at Koppers, Follansbee, WV. James owned and operated JR Repair – Heating and Cooling for 36 years in addition to teaching refrigeration at WV Northern Community College. Many will remember James for his love of auto repair, restoring a 1940 Plymouth Coupe and volunteering with his wife, Julie through the Wellsburg 4th of July Committee and various other Wellsburg groups. In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife of 28 years, Julie (Bell) Caldwell and his eight siblings. James is survived by his five children: Scott and his wife, Sabrina, Chad and his wife, Stephanie, Megan and her husband, Robert, James and Shawn; 10 grandchildren; a sister, Norma Chivers; three in-laws: Charles Bell and wife, Barbara, Betty Williams and husband, Eugene and Peggy Hrach and husband, Joe; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends were received on Sunday, December 10, 2023 and again on Monday, December 11, 2023 until the time of the funeral service, at the Chambers Funeral Home, Wellsburg, with Minister Tom Derby officiating. The family would like to say a special thank you to Valley Hospice, Dr. Atul Shetty, the WMC Seventh Floor and his nephew, Stephen Grimm for their love, care and support of James. Interment followed at Franklin Cemetery, Wellsburg. Condolences, photos and stories may be viewed or added at