Terry Castle

Published 3:18 pm Friday, December 29, 2023

Terry Castle
The Coal Grove community mourns the loss of Terry Leigh Castle, 68, a vibrant soul who graced our lives with his artistry, generosity and unwavering faith.

Born on Aug. 23, 1955, Terry blossomed under the loving guidance of his parents Walter Ray Sr. and Anita Castle.

Throughout his life, he nurtured a spirit of creativity and service, leaving behind a hymn of beautiful memories woven with kindness and faith.
Terry was a graduate of Dawson-Bryant High School class of 1973.

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For over four decades as a cosmetologist, his fingers danced across strands of hair, transforming every head into a masterpiece.

His beauty shop became a sanctuary, not just for haircuts and hairstyling, but for laughter, wisdom, and unwavering support.

Each client held a special place in his heart, and his chair was more than just a seat; it was a safe haven where stories were shared, dreams were encouraged and confidence was instilled.
Beyond the salon, Terry poured his heart into Zoar Missionary Baptist Church. As the choir director, his voice, rich and melodious, led the congregation in joyful praise and soulful prayers.

His dedication to music resonated deeply, weaving faith and fellowship into the very fabric of the church community. He also served the youth of the church through his participation in Vacation Bible school and Church Camp.
Terry’s warmth extended beyond the shop and church walls. As a talented chef and baker, he loved being in his kitchen and his skills were without rival.

He was always sharing recipes and making delicious food to share with others as his way of saying “I love you.”

He cherished his family, including his beloved siblings, Walter Ray Jr. (Debbie), Kevin, Gary and Ranita (Timothy) Mullens. Their bond was forged in love and laughter, creating a haven of unwavering support. Several nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and nieces, cousins and countless friends also found solace and joy in his presence. His infectious smile and playful spirit warmed the hearts of all who knew him.
Terry relished travel and enjoyed taking cruises and frequent trips to the Gatlinburg area of Tennessee, often visiting Dollywood where he celebrated his immense love and fandom of Dolly Parton, gospel music and the Smoky Mountains.
Terry Leigh Castle, a man of boundless energy and endless compassion, has left an indelible mark on our community. His life was a symphony of kindness, creativity, and faith, echoing in the hearts of those he touched. May his memory be a blessing, a melody of love that continues to resonate with those he loved.

Visitation will be 6–8 p.m. Tuesday at O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.