J. Patrick Caldwell
J. Patrick Caldwell of Tupelo, MS, was elected to the National Board of Directors of WoodmenLife in 2021. He currently serves on the Audit and Governance Committees. Caldwell comes from a multigenerational WoodmenLife family and is a long-standing member of Chapter 130 in Tupelo.
Caldwell earned a law degree from the University of Mississippi, where he also earned his undergraduate degree. He is a Partner and President of the law firm Riley, Caldwell, Cork & Alvis.
Caldwell was a charter member and served as Chairman of the American Bankers Association’s General Counsel’s Group. He also is an associate member of the Mississippi Bankers Association, where he is a two-time past Chairman of its Bank Attorney’s Committee — service that included drafting legislation for the Mississippi State Legislature, which gained passage.
Caldwell is active in his community, serving in a leadership role and as a board member with a local foundation in Tupelo and Lee County, the Tupelo/Lee Community Foundation, leading its unique fundraising annual campaign. The Foundation’s signature project is to fight food insecurity by being the genesis for the regional Hunger Coalition.
He is a deacon, member of numerous committees and served as a youth Sunday school director for 35 years at Calvary Baptist Church. He also is a Charter Class graduate of Leadership Lee County. His volunteer activities, current and past, include being a multi-year team leader with the HillTOP Tupelo Outreach Project for home repair and past board member of the Gardner Simmons Home for Girls. Caldwell is a 40-year member and past president and board member of the Kiwanis Club of Tupelo.
Caldwell enjoys playing and watching golf, photography, hiking, and supporting Ole Miss sports. He is married to his wife, Jennifer.