Tommy Caudle tribute looking back at the former Ragsdale Tiger and longtime Baseball umpire, Football and Basketball official

from Cumby Funeral Services:
RANDLEMAN – Thomas “Tommy” Lindsay Caudle, 73, died Saturday, January 15, 2022, at High Point Medical Center.

He was born April 28, 1948, in Greensboro and was the son of the late John and Daisy Perdew Caudle. He graduated from Ragsdale High School in Jamestown in 1968 and lived in this area most of his life.

Tommy was employed with Thomas Built Buses for thirty-seven years and following retirement, he worked part-time at River Landing Retirement Community. He was an active member of Fairfield United Methodist Church where he helped with missions and served as a Sunday school superintendent. He was a caring and loving husband, father and “Pops” to his grandkids.

Tommy also had a passion for sports and worked more than thirty years officiating all ages of football and basketball games. For over forty years, he has been officiating baseball on all levels. He umpired for American Legion Baseball, the North Carolina High School Association, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Minor League Baseball with the Greensboro Grasshoppers, the 1988 Summer Olympics and two volunteer trips as umpire for youth baseball in Cooperstown.

Tommy mentored and inspired many into the areas of officiating for baseball, basketball and football. He also enjoyed leading the High Point Senior Golf Association in weekly rounds. Tommy loved life and his favorite saying was “Life is good!” He loved spending time with his family and friends – wanting everyone to be happy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Naomi Carroll, Martha Roark and Jean Carol Marsh; and brothers, Clarence David Caudle, Paul Dennis Caudle, and John Howard Caudle.

Tommy is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Nora Joyce Caudle, whom he married on November 30, 1968; two daughters, Candy Caudle Cooper and husband, Champ, of Randleman, and Brittany Caudle Smith and husband, Mikey, of Sophia; two grandchildren, Trey Cooper and Payton Smith; sister, Betty Welker (John) of Julian; brother-in-law, Michael “Mike” Joyce (Jackie) of Thomasville; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service celebrating Tommy’s life will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, January 23, 2022, at Fairfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Oliver Helsabeck and Eugene Dean officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fairfield United Methodist Church, 1505 Highway NC 62, High Point, NC 27263.