Jean Hines Caldwell was a native Houstonian who began her career as an audiologist with the Houston Independent School District. She also spent 38-years as a teacher and Guidance Counselor at Phillis Wheatley High School, her ala mater. Even after retirement, Mrs. Caldwell spent several years mentoring young women around Houston and at her church, Windsor Village United Methodist Church where her son, Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell is Senior Pastor. Affectionately called “Mom Caldwell” by the women whose lives she touched and the Windsor Village Church Family, Ms. Caldwell often said she lived by Proverbs 31:26 which says, “She openth her mouth with wisdom; and her tongue is the law of kindness.”

In 2005, HISD named a new elementary school in honor of the long-time educator. The Jean Hines Caldwell Elementary School is located at 5015 W. Orem Dr. in Southwest Houston. 

Caldwell spent 59 years married to well known business owner and entrepreneur Booker T. Caldwell. Mr. Caldwell died in July of 2011. Mrs. Caldwell is survived by her son, Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell; daughter, Dorothea Pickens; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Jean Hines Caldwell died Sunday Morning after a long illness. She was 83-years old. A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, July 30th at 7:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Builders’ Center located at 6011 W. Orem Drive.


  1. Walter Tailor July 28, 2013 11:50 pm 

    I,m so sorry for your lost. I known Mr. & Mrs Caldwell for 18 years. It was a true blessing knowing both of them. I have to say, they always brought joy to my heart. They have been in my prayers and will continue to be in it. My prayers are now for Mrs. Dorothea, Pastor Kirbyjon and The Caldwell Family. God Bless Y’all.
    Walter Tailor

  2. Diane Chandler August 6, 2013 4:01 pm 

    Ms. Caldwell was my Phyllis Wheatley High School Counselor. She set a positive example for young students during the mid- sixties. She empowered me to continue my education beyond high school by words and deeds. Her assistance in the paperwork for college enrollment played an important role in my life. I went on to attend Prairie View A & M University and later completed a Masters Degree in Education with certifications in both Supervision and Mid-Management. My life decisions started with Ms. Caldwell as she I sat across from her desk.
    It was clear that this beautiful, genuine, and caring women would go to lengths to help
    shape your career. I will always appreciate and remember Ms. Caldwell for her devotion and caring spirit. Thank you for sharing this great women of God with us all.

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