Walter Lee Ray Castle Sr., 84, of Coal Grove, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
Walter Ray was born April 11, 1932, in Boldman, to the late Ralph B. and Goldie Newcomb Castle.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Anita Lou Ream Castle, who passed away Jan. 14, 2010; four brothers, Estell, Charles, William Otto and Herbert Castle; a sister, Nora Helen Waddle; two daughters-in-law, Phyllis Carol Castle and Vicki Lynn Castle; and a grandson, Norman Douglas Castle.
Ray was a 1951 graduate of Dawson-Bryant High School where he played football for the Coal Grove "Hornets". He loved coaching little league baseball, football and basketball. He was an assistant coach with the late B.J. Hannon for the "Bombers" ladies softball team. He also played on a men's fast pitch softball team for numerous years and was a past president of the Deering PTA. He attended Sugar Creek Missionary Baptist Church and sang with the Tri-County Choir. He retired in 1992 from Armco Steel as a foreman in the T&L department.
He is survived by a twin sister, Liltina Mae Salyers of South Point, Ohio and Margret "Tootsie" Christian of Minneola, Fla.; his sons, Walter Ray Jr. (Debbie), Terry Leigh, Kevin Eugene, all of Coal Grove and Gary Bryan of Flatwoods; a daughter, Ranita (Tim) Mullens of Deering, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Steve Castle, Rachel (Charles) Price, Jeremy (Marianna) Castle, Junior (Diane) Salmons, Russell (Geri) Salmons, Bobby (Crissy) Hensley, Bryan (Savannah) Castle, Timothy (Heidi) Mullens and Brandon Mullens; 15 great-grandchildren, Andrew and Aubrey Castle, Jasmine Kelley, Charles Price, Jeremiah Castle, Josh and Cody Salmons, Tanner, Tristan, and Kylie Hensley, Haley Salmons, Jordan Mullens, Mekenzie Pennington, and Murphy and Sway Mullens; and his pet dog, Betty Boop.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at Sugar Creek Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Michael Long Officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Gardens in South Point, Ohio with military rites by Ironton VFW Post 8850.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at O'Keefe-Baker Funeral Home in Ironton.
Published on December 30, 2016