Steve D. Caudle April 24, 1958~June 24,2012

Steve D. Caudle, 54 of West Fork passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2012. He was born on April 24, 1958 to Hugh and Neita Hays-Caudle. He was a graduate of West Fork High School. He worked as a tax accountant for 33 years and was the owner of Caudle Tax Service in West Fork. He dedicated many hours and years of hard work to his clients. He enjoyed playing poker with his close friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Hugh Caudle.

He is survived by his mother, Neita Caudle of Winslow; 1 brother, Sam Caudle and wife Misty of West Fork; 2 nephews, Heith Caudle of Winslow and Teddy Fisher of West Fork; 2 nieces, Heather Holland of Prairie Grove and Samantha Caudle of West Fork; 2 great nephews, Cody Caudle and Hayden Caudle both of Winslow and 2 great nieces, Austynn Caudle of Winslow and Brayden Holland of Prairie Grove.

A graveside service will be held 9:00 AM Friday, June 29, 2012 at West Fork Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the West Fork Cemetery, C/O The Bank of Fayetteville, 200 W. Main, West Fork, Arkansas 72774 or The Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Rd. Springdale, Arkansas 72762.

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    Randy & Linda Bradley » 26. Jun, 2012

    Neita and all the family: We were so sorry to learn of your loss. Please know we all loved Steve and appreciate all the hard work he did for us over the years. He will be missed not only for all the tax services he provided but for his friendship and always welcoming personality. We are keeping you in our prayers.

    Lloyd & Carrie Beal » 26. Jun, 2012

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this difficult time. God bless each one of you. Steve was a special person who will be missed by many of us.
    He was a good example of what you can accomplish even when you face challenges like he did everyday. We will miss the conversations we had with him and his insight into so many things.
    Rest in peace, Steve.

    Lloyd & Carrie Beal

    Carrie » 27. Jun, 2012

    I feel so lost now without Steve there to guide me. If I was his “right-hand” he was my whole left arm. I am honored to have had the opportunity to work for, with and beside him for the few short years I did. Steve was always there for me. He taught me more than I could have ever hoped to know about love, life, patience, taxes, bookkeeping, computers and politics… Who knew taxes could be so exciting! We worked together relatively seamlessly, almost like we could read each others minds. Often I would be looking for a file or scrap of paper in his office, I’d stop and say to myself “Think like Steve!” – I usually found what I was looking for instantly. I enjoyed our long talks, his insight went very deep – even though we didn’t always agree on everything we always came to a point of meeting in the middle. Steve took good care of me and my family. I will always love, honor and respect him for that.

    A dear friend once told me that embedded within the word “disabled” is the word “able”. Steve proved that to the world. Steve faced so few real obstacles – he beat the odds and lived a full and satisfying life.

    note to Steve: What the hell did you go and pull this shit for!! You left a pile on your desk!! AArrrgghhhhh!!!! Rest in eternal peace Steve Caudle – mentor, buddy, friend

    jim foster » 27. Jun, 2012

    Loved your message. May you find new life adventures that are even more rewarding.

    Yes I do remember your charming daughter and hope she has a wonderful future.

    Steve & Elaine Cattaneo » 27. Jun, 2012

    Mrs. Caudle, We’re so sorry to hear about your loss. We hope that your memories of good times spent together will help you get through this difficult time. If there is anything we can do for you, don’t hesitate to contact us. Your Neighbors, Steve & Elaine

    Debbie Johnson » 27. Jun, 2012

    Nita, Sam and the Caudle family,

    My heart is so sad, Not our Steve, its just to soon. I am SO SO sorry for you loss, for Our loss. He was loved by so many and I always stayed a little longer to visit him when I would pick up my taxes. I have so many memories of Steve and I will miss him so much. I will pray for you and your family. Love to you all

    Jill Light » 27. Jun, 2012

    What can one say….Kate, I am so, so sorry you have to go through this….my prayers are with you.

    Judy Drummond » 27. Jun, 2012

    To the Caudle Family: Will be praying for strength and grace to help you get thru these hard times. Steve was a hard working and very dedicated man, I have always admired him for his strength. We will truly miss him. God Bless Your Family. From the Roy Drummond Family

    Andy and Marie Breuer » 27. Jun, 2012

    Neita and family, we are so sorry for the loss of your beloved Steve. Remember: “Life is a Journey Homeward” and how comforting that Steve is safely home now. We will always remember Steve and our years of working together.
    Andy and Marie Breuer

    keith crofford » 27. Jun, 2012

    My sincere sympathies to the family and staff at Caudle Tax Service. Steve will be greatly missed.
    Keith Crofford

    Andy and Marie Breuer » 27. Jun, 2012

    Neita and family, we are so sad to hear of the passing of your beloved Steve. Remember: “Life is a Journey Homeward” and how comforting that Steve is safely home now. We will always remember Steve and our years of working together.
    Andy and Marie Breuer

    Les & Bobbi Haworth » 27. Jun, 2012

    Steve, you were one of the first people we met when moving to Arkansas in 1996 and instantly became a best friend, our CPA and for the last 6 years our landlord…sharing a duplex. We can’t tell you how much we will miss you. Our hearts are broken but our lives enriched for having known you and having become such good friends. We’ll greatly miss our talks and so much more. We always felt a lot taller when we’d mention you are our friend, sooo many people loved you. We could go on and on about your great qualities and how you added sunshine to our days but will close for now. We won’t say good-bye but “SEE YOU AGAIN SOME DAY” dear friend and confidant.
    Les and Bobbi Haworth

    Les & Bobbi Haworth » 27. Jun, 2012

    Mama Caudle, we have grown to love you like our own mothers. We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family and ask God to wrap His arms around you and give you comfort and peace. Knowing Steve was a joy and our memories of Steve are prescious. We love you both.
    Les and Bobbi Haworth

    Layton and Shirley Stephens » 27. Jun, 2012

    We are so sorry for the lost of Steve,he was a Wonderful man and a Great tax man.We will miss him so much.May God Be With his Family.

    Cecil & Patsy Price » 27. Jun, 2012

    to Nita and family, we got to see Steve every year
    when we had our taxes done, please accept our
    our words of sorrow in you loss, Patsy Price

    Mark & Allenia Brannan » 27. Jun, 2012

    Our hearts and prayers are with you! We felt honored to be considered his friends and part of the few that had his cell phone number. We will truly miss him.

    Mike and Debbie Pierce » 27. Jun, 2012

    To the Candle family, you are in our thoughts and prayers, Steve was not only our accountant he our friend and he will be deeply missed.

    Tara Coger » 27. Jun, 2012

    Every year when tax time would roll around, I never felt dread because I knew that I would get to see Steve and we would have our laughs and our conversation time. It never seemed like Steve was my accountant but more like family. We would catch up on how the past year went and I would always update him on how the VA was doing. I don’t think I’ve ever sent a Christmas card to any other tax accountant before Steve. I may not have been one of Steve’s real family members or best friends, but I feel true loss upon finding out about his passing. My heart goes out to the family and I pray God wraps you in love and comfort.

    Cindy Smith » 27. Jun, 2012

    Neita and Family,
    We were very sorry to hear about Steve. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. If you need anything now or in the future, just holler.
    With Love,
    Cindy Smith and Family

    Bryant & Sandra Reed » 27. Jun, 2012

    To the Caudle family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow, Steve will be greatly missed.

    Mike Hawkins » 27. Jun, 2012

    I was taken aback at hearing about Steve passing away. I met Steve back in the 80′s when Jerry Paddock and I had a Law Office next to him. Stave and his family were verry kind to me. I stayed in touch with him over the years and will miss him.

    The community of West Fork will miss such a fine person

    My sympathies and prayers to the family. May God bless

    Mike Hawkins

    Jim & Jane Foster » 27. Jun, 2012

    Caudle family and wonderful staff,
    Steve did our tax returns and provided advice for the 20 years we have been living in the hills east of WF. He was a friend, a trusted consultant and to say he will now be missed is a serious understatement. How in the heck are we supposed to figure out where the 6 or 8 items on this K-1 are to integrated into our return? Would you please come to any IRS audit anyway?

    May God bless his family, friends and colleagues.

    Jim & Jane Foster

    Jeanette Keeton Johnson » 27. Jun, 2012

    Nieta and Sam-Steve surpassed many obsticles and still was a wonderful person. I love his humor. Most I remember him wanting to ride my horse and I would take him for a ride down the street. I will never forget that.
    Then for the last many years he has taken care of me with my taxes and advised on fiances. He always took the time to reflect on the past and advise about the present and future.
    I always looked forward to that yearly visit with Steve. And I feel sure Steve has taken care of us for the future for who ever takes over his chair.

    Steve you are finally Home and resting. Hope to see you again.

    Craig & Mandy Luttrell » 27. Jun, 2012

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow. Steve was a wonderful person & will be greatly missed.

    Loy & Linda Jones » 27. Jun, 2012

    Neita and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you difficult time. Steve always had a smile and never forgot anyone. He will be missed. May God give you all strenght during this time.
    Blessings to you all.

    Loy & LInda Jones

    Name » 28. Jun, 2012

    Steve was/is such a remarkable man and a truly wonderful friend. He will live on forever in our hearts. He will be truly missed. My sincerest condolences to his family.

    With Deepest Sympathy,

    Patricia Osburn Ph.D. MSLE

    Sue Bartholomew » 28. Jun, 2012

    I extend my heartfelt sympathy to all family and friends of Steve. I am so saddened by his passing. Steve was a wealth of knowledge and a great help to me for the many years I have known him. Carrie, thank you. I know you have a difficult time ahead.

    Kim&Rick Harp/Pat Gideon » 28. Jun, 2012

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family….. We were so sorry to hear of the loss of this great man….He will be deeply missed. He was a wonderful CPA and an even better person. All of you will be in our prayers.

    Name » 28. Jun, 2012

    I wish the world could’ve gotten the chance to meet and know Steve. He was such and great and honorable man. Stuck to his word, put his friends family first and foremost. Left no blanks empty. Never beat around the bush, told you how it was. Always there to deal out advice and always there to lift you up. My mom and I visited some of his close friends yesterday. The sadness in their eyes made me fall apart inside. The tone in their voice made me heavy at the heart. I loved Steve like he was my closest and dearest friend. I’ve sat in his office for countless hours telling him stories, and him sharing some back. I am so happy he was able to come to my wedding and share that so special day with me and mine. I pray wherever he is now, that he is happy, healthy and youthful. He deserves all the best heaven can give him. God blessed you Steve and he blessed me for bringing you into my families life.
    Brittany and Nathan Kelly (Carrie Warren’s Daughter and son-in-law)

    John and Mary Frances Sulzen » 28. Jun, 2012

    Dear Caudle Family Mr. Steve included -
    Where to begin?? Mr. Steve you will be sorely missed….not only for your tax prep., and believe you me, ours were always a mess – and you were always so PATIENT with us, except all the times you threatened to have me put in jail…. your humour was always a joy to walk into at the office! I know there were many times when I would not send my John down, because you guys could yack for hours….those conversations, words of wisdom will remain with us always…you will not be forgotten!!
    To his family – you have been so blessed to have Mr. Steve in your daily lives, he was such an encouragement to us, not only our advisor, but our conscience many times….! We are so sorry for your sudden loss….may God embrace you and keep you in the Palm of His Loving Hand as you traverse this sorrow…. and I’m sure your Steve will always be close to you!!
    Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord….God bless you Mr. Steve from all the Sulzen Clan
    PS. If you’d like some bagpipe playing our Thomas is available Fri am, will probably come in work clothes, but I’m sure you won’t mind…. and yes, I found those lost darn papers for you!!!

    Name » 28. Jun, 2012

    To the entire Caudle Family,
    I join in your loss. Steve was one of those rare people in the world that touched my mind and heart. His spirit, his passion for all things controversial, and his much sought after candid advice will be sorely missed.
    Marsha Hedge

    Larry E. Lames » 28. Jun, 2012

    Caudle Family: Please accept my sincere condolences. Steve had taken care of my taxes since he was a young man working for H&R Block. I always enjoyed our talks, while he prepared my taxes.
    His time with us was all too short and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.

    Larry and Peggy Rennie » 28. Jun, 2012

    So, so sorry to hear the trajic news of the passing of Steve. Our prayers go out to the Caudle family and Carrie

    James & Pam Mason » 28. Jun, 2012

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Steve had done our taxes ever since 1986, I know i wont find anyone to do that as well as Steve did. Over those years we became very good friends as well.
    I am honoured to have known him and called him friend. I will be praying for all the Family during this time, May God Bless each one of you.
    James and Pam Mason

    Harold Miller » 28. Jun, 2012


    Robert Preston & Family » 28. Jun, 2012

    Neita and Family,

    I would like to extend our family’s deepest sympathy to you and all of your family. Although I did not know Steve well, I know my mother and father (Robert & Juanita) thought very highly of him. Our prayers are with you.
    Robert Preston Jr and Family
    Sharon and Family.

    Steve & Renita Stonesifer and Family » 28. Jun, 2012

    We would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family. We are so sorry for your loss. So sad to hear of Steve’s passing. We all loved Steve and had the utmost respect for him. We always looked forward to a good visit with him around tax time. He will be greatly missed! May God give you all strength during this difficult time.
    Steve & Renita Stonesifer & family

    Mike Bedford » 28. Jun, 2012

    For almost 30 years, Steve was my tax man. He was also my friend. We are deeply saddened by Steve’s death. Although his life must have been difficult at times, I never recall hearing him complain about anything. The sorrow that you feel is shared by everyone who knew Steve. For the family and the many others who loved Steve, “May the peace of Christ dwell in your hearts.”

    Val Gonzalez » 28. Jun, 2012

    With friends, few words are necessary. You can pick up where you left off, whether you left off yesterday or years ago. So it was with Steve. We’d always catch up within minutes and be joking even quicker. I always appreciated his intelligence, his quick wit and his kindness. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. God bless.

    Gwen "Harp" Baker » 28. Jun, 2012

    To Neita and the Caudle family,

    Thoughts and prayers to you during this sorrowful time.

    Pam Redfern » 28. Jun, 2012

    Neita and family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I have many memories of Steve when he was one of my students. He was a fine young man. Please know that you have my deepest sympathy.

    The Cooleys » 28. Jun, 2012

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family in this time of sorrow. Steve was a great man and friend. He will be missed by all of us and always be remembered with upmost respect. We would like to voice our gratitude for his service to our family and community for so many years. If any of you need anything please feel free to ask us and we will do our best to be there for you.

    Prayers and thoughts to you all,
    David, Sheryl, Christine, Patricia, Darrel Cooley and Betty Cooley-Smith

    Dennis Coker » 29. Jun, 2012

    Neita and family, please accept my sincerely condolences. I know this is a difficult and hurting time for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Dennis Coker

    David Ferguson » 29. Jun, 2012

    Rest in peace my friend You will be greatly missed.

    Tony and Karen Woodward » 29. Jun, 2012

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Caudle family and Carrie during this difficult time. Steve was definitely one of a kind and we will miss him.

    James & Denice Nicholson » 29. Jun, 2012

    It was always a pleasure to see Steve each year at his office. Although he was surely busy, he always patiently took the time to chat with us about family, life, politics and philosphy. We will miss him. His too-soon passing is certainly a loss for our community. Please accept our condolences to all of you in the Caudle family.

    Clarence & LaJoyce Duncan » 29. Jun, 2012

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Steve will be missed by many.
    Clarence & LaJoyce Duncan, Cindy Duncan and Bettye Ann Kisor

    Suzan Burkart, Justin Burkart, Landon Burkart » 29. Jun, 2012

    Mrs. Caudle and Family, We are so sorry to learn of your loss and also the loss of a very good friend and a prince of a man. We all loved Steve and he will be missed by alot of people for his advice as a friend and advice as a businessman. He cared about and advised alot of people, not
    just in business but as a true friend. It will not be the same without him. God Bless You and your family

    Chris, Jodie and Andy Brown » 30. Jun, 2012

    Aunt Neita – Steve was one of my favorite cousins. He always had time for a younger girl cousin when we were kids. One of my favorite memories is of him letting me ride the dune buggy at the house in town. I will always miss listening to Steve, Uncle Slick and Dad having discussions around the table, never a dull moment. Mom, Andy and I send you and the kids lots of love and know that we are thinking about you. We love you lots, Chris, Jodie and Andy Brown

    Bill and Barbara Griscom » 06. Jul, 2012

    We are both so sorry to hear of your loss. He was a really good person and will be missed by all! We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless and keep you in His presence.