SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KETK) — On Tuesday, the Smith County Commissioners Court proclaimed March 19 as “Superintendent Noel Caldwell Day” in Smith County. Noel Caldwell has lead and served the members of the Whitehouse Church of God in Christ for 31 years.

In total his family has served the church for more than 60 years.

On Feb. 2, 1990, Superintendent Caldwell was installed as Pastor of Whitehouse Church of God in Christ and he submitted his letter of retirement last year.

Smith County congratulated Superintendent Noel Caldwell on more than three decades of service.

He told KETK news how he’s feeling about the community coming out to support him.

“I’m speechless. But I’m just really proud of it and glad, you know, you’ve got to be happy for what they think of me,” said Caldwell.

A retirement ceremony was held for him this weekend at St. Louis Baptist Church to remember the mark he has left on East Texans.