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John “Connor” Caldwell (1-12-13) service 1-16-13

John “Connor” Caldwell

John Connor Caldwell, 5, of Byhalia, Miss., died on Saturday, Jan. 12, after a courageous battle with cerebral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). Diagnosed in 2010, Connor had more than 15 surgeries in Memphis and New York City. His constant smile and sweet nature remained an inspiration to all and a reminder of God’s blessings.

Connor was born on Sept. 4, 2007, as the fourth child of Tony and Kim Caldwell. Connor is survived by his loving parents, Tony Caldwell and Kim Jenkins Caldwell; siblings Courtney, Cameron and Katie Caldwell, all of Byhalia, Miss., and paternal grandparents Jim and Sandra Caldwell of Tupelo, Miss.

Connor was predeceased by sister Karter Caldwell, maternal grandmother Margie Gober Jenkins, and maternal grandfather Carl Hardin Byrd.

A celebration of his life was held onWednesday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Olive Branch, 9235 Pigeon Roost Road, Olive Branch, Miss. Connor was later interred in a private service at Autumn Woods Memorial Park Cemetery, Olive Branch.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Le Bonheur Neuroscience Institute, P.O. Box 41817, Memphis, 38174; telephone 901.287.6308 or

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