On October 20th My brother Jamie went home to be with Jesus because of an auto accident on October 14th in Nashville, TN.
Since than our family has had many encounters with his Spirit and angels. Jesus has even allowed Jamie to come to my mothers best friend providing comfort and hope for our entire family. Someone sent a copy of this book to my mother and father and after reading it, even more clarity is brought to our entire family in light of my brother passing. I have attached Jamie's Biography below along with a complete story of the accident and Jamie's Life. I hope his testimony brings you life as it as many across the world and inspires you to an even more intimate place with papa God, Holy Spirit and Jesus.
Matthew M Caulk
James Lindsay (Jamie) Caulk was born on March 6th, 1984 and weighed 10 lb, 4 oz.
Jamie was the easiest baby of all 5 children, not fussy and could go anywhere and play on his blanket. He rarely cried, as a baby yet was always getting bumps and bruises, acquiring the nickname of Jambo from the movie Rambo.
From the time he was a toddler he was a fierce competitor, not only with his brother Matthew but in everything he tried.
He started Wolverine football at age 8 At the time the Wolverine Coach said “kids that young can not pass.” But, in the first game Jamie threw a touchdown pass to Seth Belinsky and that ended that argument. He played in the Wolverine league for 5 years before playing football in his freshman year at Saline High School.
Jamie was a gifted singer and made the Saline Chamber Choir in 9th grade where he had a leading role in many of the high school productions. He was in West Side Story and the Pirates of Penzance. He sang and performed in his church youth ministry, Hearts Ablaze, in churches, parks and festivals throughout Washtenaw County for 3 years.
Jamie transferred to Father Gabriel Richard in 10th grade where he was starting quarter back for 3 years He lettered in basketball and was on the tennis team. He continued singing in the FGRHS choir.
Jamie was self -taught on the piano and guitar writing and singing his own music. A perfectionist, he started many songs and that he didn’t or wouldn’t finish.
Towards his Jr. year in high school he began to get recruiting letters to multiple Division 3 schools and one Division Double A school to play football.
He played Freshman football at Adrian College before transferring to Middle TN State University where he decided to pursue a degree in Mass Communication.
In 2008 Jamie joined the U.S. Naval Reserves where he was a Navy SeeBee.
In 2009 he transferred to Lee University in Cleveland, TN where he continued his major in communications hoping for a future in Sports Broadcasting. Jamie loved Lee. He continually told Mike and Missy how much he loved his professors and classes.
In 2010 he began being the male anchor for the bi-weekly Lee Update, which he continued, and added this year the responsibility of Multi Media Director for the Lee Clarion, campus newspaper.
Just this fall he pledged to Theta, a fraternity at Lee University. He was planning on graduating next summer.
Jamie was always an extremely perceptive and kind person. He loved animals from the day he was born. He loved his family and spent many happy days and hours with family, cousins, and friends and at the Caulk’s lake cottage. How can you sum up a wonderful life in a few words except to say that God gave Jamie the grace to live his to the full, to bless many, to be loved by all.
Jamie rededicated his life to the Lord in 2009 and committed himself to serve Him all the days of his life. In God’s gracious providence Jamie created a short video which he posted on line as a thank-you to all those who had wished him a happy 26th birthday. In it he expressed at length the joy and peace he had experienced in his new-found commitment to the Lord- saying that the year leading up to this birthday was the happiest of his life. In this video’s close Jamie said- I love you all and will see you soon.
He could not have left us with a better good-bye. We love you too Jamie, and will see you soon.
Saline Reporter Link Story Link
Link to his Slide_Show = VIMEO
Link To His testimony = TwitVID
Link to the song Jamie wrote called "Holding On"
Link to Jamie Hosting "LEE UPDATE" At Lee University.
SALINE: Family, friends say goodbye to Jamie Caulk after tragic car crash takes his life
Monday, October 31, 2011
By Lori Maranville, Special Writer
Saline native Jamie Caulk always lived his life to the fullest and put his focus where it mattered most -- on his faith and his family.
Passionate, gentle and always willing to listen, his sister, Christa Caulk Stewart, said her brother was looking forward to a bright future in broadcasting before a car crash Oct. 14 that stopped everything short.
The 27-year-old, a graduate of Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, was attending Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., when he was involved in a serious car accident on Interstate 65 near Nashville.
Caulk died of complications from his injuries Oct. 20 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center surrounded by friends and family.
He is survived by his parents, Michael and Missy Caulk of Saline, as well as two brothers, Matthew Caulk and Andrew-David Caulk, and two sisters, Alyssa Caulk and Christa Caulk-Stewart.
Matthew Caulk, who lives in Nashville, said they are still trying to piece together the details of the accident, but the family thinks he may have been low on gas when the car was struck.
He said his brother was conscious and talking after the accident, and that the family first thought they were dealing with a spinal injury when they were notified of the accident.
Doctors later discovered Caulk had a massive stroke, made worse by a condition Caulk has had since birth. Although no one was aware of it until the accident, Stewart said, her brother had a condition in which blood flow to the brain was uneven in the two arteries.
Matthew Caulk said he was the first family member to arrive at the hospital and that his brother lost consciousness about 10 minutes before he arrived.
Although Jamie Caulk never regained consciousness, Stewart said, everyone held out hope for a miracle.
"There were pastors and ministers flying in from all over the country," she said.
Many students from Lee University also came to the hospital to show their support for Caulk and his family.
Stewart said her brother was a Born Again Christian and had recently rededicated his life to God.
In a video broadcast on Twitvid from a year and a half ago, he thanked friends and family for their birthday wishes and talked about his love of God and deep faith.
"Thank you so much for the love and support," he said in the video. "Stay strong. Stay faithful. Stay honest. Stay loving. Stay caring. Stay true to who you are and, most importantly, stay true to who God is."
"Stay true to who you are and you'll be happy."
The video, viewed by thousands, was a fitting goodbye from her brother, Stewart said, and a lasting testimony of his faith.
Stewart said the service last week at Saline United Methodist Church was meant to be a celebration of her brother's life and more hopeful than solemn.
Caulk served in the military as a Navy Seabee. He received military honors at his burial, with a 21-gun salute, and a flag and dog tags presented to the family.
Caulk's family described him as a fierce competitor, an avid sports fan and a gifted singer.
Stewart said her brother taught himself to play piano and guitar and wrote his own music.
"He would often lose himself in his music," she said.
She said he loved University of Michigan football and the family often attended games together.
"We would talk for hours on the phone about football," she said.
Caulk played freshman football at Adrian College before he transferred to Middle Tennessee State University.
He transferred to Lee University in 2009 to study communications and work toward his dream of working for ESPN.
He was the Multi-Media director for the Lee Clarion, the campus newspaper, and an anchor for the bi-weekly Lee update. He had planned to graduate next summer and was applying for internships.
Stewart said her brother touched more lives than he ever knew with his zest for life and charismatic personality.
"Jamie was absolutely hysterical," said Stewart. "He was witty and would bring such a joy in life. He had the best sense of humor. He was my best friend."
She said he never made anyone ever feel like he was too busy to listen.
A tribute page on Facebook has several hundred followers who have posted messages of support to the family and memories of Caulk.
One post by Sherry Scales reads: "My heart just goes out to the Caulk family today. I know there is nothing I can say or do to ease the pain of losing Jamie ... but Jamie must have done what he was put on this earth to do ... and God has other plans for him."
Matthew Caulk said his brother would "pour his heart out" to help someone who was struggling and demanded the same in return.
Although the family is deeply saddened by the loss of one of their own, Matthew Caulk said, the incredible bonds of their family and their deep faith give them hope.
"We know we'll see him again one day," he said. "As devastating as this is, there's a comfort and peace from God. I am grateful we have that and can't imagine if we didn't have that hope to hold onto."
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Jamie Caulk Memorial Scholarship Fund at Lee University.
Lori Maranville is a freelance writer. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.