Sherman Othel Casteel, of Madisonville, passed away at his home on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020.
He was born Sept. 26, 1926, in Englewood to the late Joseph Larkin and Rossie Lee Gay Casteel.
Sherman was a U.S. veteran, having joined the Navy at the age of 15 after forging his mother’s signature. He completed basic training before this was discovered and he was immediately sent home. After high school, he joined the Army in June 1945. After basic, he had shipping orders for the mainland of Japan when the “bomb” was dropped and his orders were changed for Germany. This is the reason he always said Harry S. Truman was his hero (“He saved my life by dropping that bomb”). He loved to hunt and fish during his earlier years, having spent a lot of time in the Tellico mountains and on area lakes. Later, while living in Kingston, he became an avid golfer and was part owner of the Lakeside Golf Course.
He retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority having worked at several of the TVA plant sites. He was an instrument mechanic at Kingston, EGCR and Widows Creek plants, and an environmental monitoring supervisor for Paradise, Kingston, Bull Run, Clinch River, Sequoyah and Watts Bar plants.
He was preceded in death by: his first wife and the mother of his children, Margaret Bernice Long Casteel; four brothers, Robert, JM, Kenneth, and Charles “Link;” three sisters, Zella Mae “Curly” Patton, Addie Ruth Burger, and Vivian Webb McConnell.
He is survived by: his second wife, Catherine “Cat” Daugherty Casteel;
His two children and their spouses, Steve (Zee) Casteel of Kingston and Vicki (Teddy) Jackson of Kennesaw, Georgia;
His four grandchildren and their spouses, Jamee (Chris) Holiway, of Shelbyville, Kentucky, Shannan (Jamie) Casteel, of Oak Ridge, Stephanie (Chris) Seibert, of Kennesaw, Georgia, and Joseph (Ellie) Jackson, of Adairsville, Georgia;
Nine great grandchildren, Rachel and Chase Holiway, Rose, Gabe, and Violet Seibert, Hannah and Kenzie Jackson, Rossi and Spencer Casteel;
Three sisters, Marie Harris and Sarah Joyce “Tinker” Martin, of Englewood, and Alice (Lewis) Partain, of Athens;
Stepchildren, Tim and Bill Daugherty, of Englewood, and Aletta Monroe, of Knoxville.
The family received friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home in Madisonville. A graveside service and interment was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at the Chestua Campground Community Cemetery. Military honors were provided by V.F.W. Post 5156, D.A.V. Chapter 93, and American Legion Post 106. Pallbearers were Shannan Casteel, Joey Jackson, Tim Daugherty, Bob Long, David Whitlock, and Jake Whatley. Honorary pallbearers were Gabe Seibert, Chase Holiway, Spencer Casteel, Bill Daughtery, Corbin and Reed Whatley.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Chestua Campground Community Cemetery Fund, 6106 Highway 411, Madisonville, TN 37354.