Douglas Caulkins II

January 29, 2024

CHARLOTTE – Douglas Caulkins II, passed away on Monday, January 29, 2024, at the age of 91 due to complications of Parkinson’s Disease.  Douglas was born on June 8, 1932, to Dorothy and Robert S. Caulkins of Cleveland, Ohio.

Doug grew up in University Heights, Ohio.  He received his B.A. degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, and a M.S. degree from University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he met Ardis Miller, the love of his life.   They were married in St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC on January 11, 1958.  

Doug’s career started in Memphis, Tennessee and later he was transferred to Shreveport, Louisiana in the spring of 1959.  Douglas was a microbiologist and worked for Buckman Laboratories for 42 years.  He was the business development executive for the Institutes of Paper Science and Chemistry for three years.    

Doug was active at First Presbyterian Church Shreveport where he was Elder Emeritus.  He was a Director and Fellow in the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.  Doug was a serious watch and clock collector and a collector of the unusual.   He enjoyed his many hobbies and spending time with family and friends.   

His pride and joy were his children: Douglas Bruce Caulkins and Mikel Wilson, David L. Caulkins and Mary, D. Ann (Cissie) Caulkins and Kelley Anderson, and Daniel M. Caulkins and Soraya.  His grandchildren are Betty and Tim Hefflinger, Dallas Caulkins, Porter Anderson, and Miller Anderson.  

Doug and Ardis were married for 63 years.  They moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2019 to be close to Cissie.  

Doug was predeceased by his wife, Ardis Caulkins, and he is survived by his children and grandchildren. 

Services will be held in Shreveport, LA at a later date.

Donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Shreveport designated for the Day School or to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at

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