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Naomi Rosalind Walker Caldwell

May 1, 1939 - March 29, 2022

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Naomi Caldwell passed away at 82 on March 29, 2022. She grew up in Nashville and subsequently lived in Baltimore,Md., Charlottesville,Va., and, for over three decades, Lynchburg,Va.

Naomi earned a bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies (studying Russian History, Literature and Language) from the University of Virginia. After working as a stay-at-home mom, she earned an MBA from the University of Baltimore and created a brilliant banking career, retiring as the Vice President of Private Banking at CentraBank of Baltimore. Since she was one of the first women to do this she is in Who’s Who of America.

A beautiful soul who moved through life with grace and humor, Naomi had a passion for connecting those she cared about and enfolding them into her family. Pursuing her interest in writing, she published essays on various topics and wrote books about her family’s history. She was an avid reader and enjoyed hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, skiing, and sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.

Naomi was pre-deceased by her husband of 31 years, Dr. Colin Caldwell; her brother, Thomas Walker; and her ex-husband, Dr. Gary Ackers. She is survived by her sister, Carolyn (Eddie) Gray; her children Lisa Ackers, Sandra Ackers (Bryan Session), Keith (Mimi) Ackers; her stepchildren Marion Carson, James (Ann) Caldwell, Nancy Lowman, Stephanie (John) Hackwelder, Heather (Loren) Merrill; her grandchildren Anna and Owen Ackers; and many step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Naomi was guided in her life by her Christian faith, and she pursued spiritual growth throughout her life. She served as a deacon and an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, where she was active in the Care and Nurture Committee and co-chaired the prayer ministry for many years. She also participated in Malawi Mission Group activities.

She was on the board of directors of Meals on Wheels of Greater Lynchburg and served as its president for a term. Previously, in Charlottesville, she was a docent at Monticello and was a volunteer reader for visually impaired people.

Always a calm sailboat, whether the sea was serene or stormy, Naomi lives on in the hearts of those who love her.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 4:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 1215 V.E.S. Road, Lynchburg, VA. The service will be livestreamed.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Naomi Caldwell’s memory to support Meals on Wheels of Greater Lynchburg, P.O. Box 1388 Lynchburg, VA, 24505 (phone (434) 847-0796), or the Malawi Mission Fund of First Presbyterian Church (address above, phone (434) 384-6231).

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.  To send condolences, please visit

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