Rockdale,TX Class of 1965
Jerry Allen Caywood
215 Piney Ridge Drive
Bastrop, TX  78602
512–321–4050
Spouse: 
Virginia Ginger Williams Hill
I've lived in Rockdale, TX; Pittsburgh, PA area (Allison Park {McCandless Twp} & Wexford {Pine Twp}); back to Rockdale and Ginger and I moved to Bastrop, TX in 2005.  We moved to Bastrop to be near our beautiful granddaughter – Randi Shae Hill (born 9/20/2001).  Of course, Ginger's son and daughter–in–law (Travis & Sammi Hill) live near here also.  Since we've been here we've been blessed with the addition of another beautiful granddaughter – Caylee Jo Hill (JoJo – born 10/11/2006). 
Jerry Allen Caywood
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Randi Shae Hill and Caylee Jo JoJo Hill
Here's a picture of me and Ginger
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Here's my story:
Upon graduation I started to work at Rockdale State Bank.  In 1969 I went to work for Alcoa at the Rockdale plant.  I married Dale Drake in 1972.
While still working, I went to night school at Temple JC (now Temple College) until I had about 60 hours.  We then decided that I should take a Leave of Absence and go to UT full time.  I graduated with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Transportation.  I then transferred to Pittsburgh and spent the rest of my career there.  I retired from Alcoa.
During that time in Pittsburgh, Dale and I divorced. I married again (Lynn M...) and raised two stepchildren (Neil and Amy) who I think of as my own. Upon retirement, we divorced and I moved back to Rockdale, started dating Ginger, and we married.  I'm sorry, Britney and Paris, but this is the last one!
 
Here we are below!
Jerry Allen Caywood and Virginia Gail Ginger Hill
People will forget what you said,
People will forget what you did,
But people will never forget
How you made them feel.
Randi Shae Hill
Randi Shae Hill
April, 2008
6 years old
Travis and Sammi Hill with JoJo and Randi
Travis and Sammi Hill
JoJo and Randi Shae
Randi Shae Hill skiing
Randi Shae Hill
Randi Shae and Caylee Jo Hill
Randi and JoJo
Caylee Jo JoJo, PePaw and Randi
JoJo & PePaw & Randi
A FRIEND
author unknown

Around the corner I have a friend,     
In this great city that has no end,     
Yet the days go by and weeks rush on, 
And before I know it, a year is gone. 
And I never see my old friends face, 
For life is a swift and terrible race,     
He knows I like him just as well,     
As in the days when I rang his bell.     
And he rang mine but we were younger then,     
And now we are busy, tired men.     
Tired of playing a foolish game,     
Tired of trying to make a name.     
'Tomorrow' I say! 'I will call on Jim     
Just to show that I'm thinking of him.'     
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,     
And distance between us grows and grows.     
Around the corner, yet miles away,     
'Here's a telegram sir,' 'Jim died today.'     
And that's what we get and deserve in the end.     
Around the corner, a vanished friend.   
 
Remember to always say what you mean.     
If you love someone, tell them.     
Don't be afraid to express yourself.     
Reach out and tell someone what they mean to you.     
Because when you decide that it is the right time
    it might be too late.     
Seize the day. Never have regrets.
And most importantly, stay close
to your friends and family,
for they have helped make you
the person that you are today.
Randi Shae Hill school picture -2007-2008
Randi Shae Hill
 
Caylee Jo JoJo Hill
Caylee Jo JoJo Hill
Caylee Jo JoJo Hill
Caylee Jo Hill
Caylee Jo 'JoJo' Hill
Caylee Jo Hill
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JoJo & Randi
Travis, Sammi, Randi Shae and JoJo Hill - Christmas 2008
Travis & Sammi Hill with Randi Shae and JoJo
Spud & Eutha Caywood with Neil & Amy Molitoris
Herbert "Spud" & Eutha Caywood with Neil and Amy Pittsburgh, PA - August, 1985
Local Hero
Rockdale Reporter - October 22, 2004
Our local hero this week is Jerry Caywood.
Jerry is a graduate of RHS and is an ALCOA retiree.  He retired five years ago and came back to Rockdale and has been an important part of Rockdale since.
He is a member of the RISD School Board, a member of the Milam County Historical Commission, a member of the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library Board, and mows all around town.
Jerry is involved in making Rockdale better and feels that "we should all be involved.  There is so much to do that we all need to help."
Well, we appreciate Jerry for his attitude and his willingness to get involved and many are glad he chose to come back to Rockdale ,
We thank Jerry and we also thank Mariachi's, Love's Flowers and Gifts, Tisket A Tasket, and Get Marooned for sponsoring our Local Hero each week.
Caywood, an avid genealogist, decided to get on a favorite genealogy research tool - the Internet - and see what he could find.  The speed with which other researchers helped him find the family it belonged to amazed him.
"Within one day we had found some family members of this girl", he said.  "After 55 years, that's just amazing."
Caywood posted a help request on genealogy.com and within hours had two responses.
One read: "Scharlott Ann had at least two siblings, Martha Sue born in 1939 in Williamson County and Ernest Del Cook born in 1944 in Burnet County.  Her tombstone most likely came from Williamson County or Burnet County.  -- Hugh Swift"
The other read: "Jerry, The parents were Harvey Ware Cook and Martha Alma Palmer and there were three children born to them, two of them in Williamson County...Harvey Cook died in Williamson County in Granger in 2000. --Heather"
Heather, Caywood later learned, was from Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.
After a few calls to the Granger City offices and two others who knew of Harvey Cook, Caywood found the name of a younger sister to the deceased girl, Debbie Kraft, now living in Granger.
Turns out the headstone was from the Oatmeal Cemetery in the small community of Bertram, located on Highway 29 in Burnet County.  The girl perished in a house fire on October 9, 1946.
Caywood and his aunt, Ella Caywood, met Kraft in Taylor last Thursday to return the headstone.
"It really made me glad we went ahead and did this because she told me her mother was in a nursing home with early stage Alzheimer's Disease" Caywood said.  "(Debbie) said her mother was having trouble with short-term memory but could remember things from long ago".
He added, "She will really appreciate this."
Jerry Caywood giving Scharoltt Ann Cook tombstone to Debbie Kraft
Gravestone returned after 55 years
By Ken Esten Cooke
Reporter Staff
Rockdale Reporter
The death of a child is always heartbreaking but there will be a little help in remembrance and closure for one Williamson County family after a long lost grave marker was found by Jerry Caywood of Rockdale.
Caywood and sister Shirley Bailey found a simple limestone marker after going through some belongings of their late father, longtime Constable and gunshop owner Spud Caywood.
All they knew of the deceased was that her name was Scharlott Ann Cook who died on October 9, 1946 at the age of five.
"We couldn't even tell if the marker had been in the ground or not," Caywood said.  "Daddy probably got it from confiscating some stolen items and never got it returned".
Neil and Jerry Caywood fishing in Connecticut 1987
Jerry and Neil
Fishing in Connecticut - August, 1987
Amy and Neil at Jerry Caywood's 40th Birthday - 1987
Jerry Caywood's 40th Birthday Celebration in Connecticut
with Amy and Neil 
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Randi Shae, Travis, Sammi, & Caylee Jo 'JoJo' Hill - Christmas, 2009
Travis, Sammi, Randi, JoJo Hill
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