She was of the Episcopalian faith and was an active member of the Altar Guild and the lunch bunch of The Episcopal Church of The Ascension of Knoxville.
She was a volunteer for FISH, and a volunteer for Florence Crittendon. She attended East Tennessee State University in Johnson City and Tennessee Wesleyan College of Athens.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, George Castings Jr., whom she met when he landed his airplane in a field next to her house while out “barnstorming” in Meigs County. This chance encounter led to not only her ensuing marriage to George, but also the marriage of her cousin Betty to George’s friend Reese, who became part of the barter to gain a date with young Mrs. Castings.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, George Dewey and Grace Lee Powell Grubb; and brothers, Kenneth and Willard Grubb; and her father and mother-in-law, George Castings Sr. and Lena Light Castings.
She is survived by her children: Cheryl Castings Puryear and husband, Paul, Mary Elizabeth Neas, and George Ann Castings Clabough and husband, Steve, all of Knoxville, grandchildren: Stefan Puryear and wife, Tonja, of Chatsworth, Ga., Samantha Neas, Ashlee Steele and husband, Kevin, and Chadd Clabough, all of Knoxville; great-grandchildren: Destiny Puryear, Max Puryear, Drew Puryear, and Conner Steele; several nieces, nephews, and extended family; special friend, Michael Roberts of Knoxville, Patsy Kitchens of Cleveland, and Darlene Clark, Betty Corey, and “Father Rob” of The Episcopal Church of The Ascension.
The family extends appreciation to caregivers Tracie Hitt, Tamra Benson, Brandi Ross, Lindsey Wilson, Ashley Jordan, Delbra Mills, Angel, Joy and Elizabeth; and her hospice nurses, Brenda and Ashley.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 4 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of The Ascension, in Knoxville, with Father Rob officiating. A reception will follow in the parish hall of the church.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to your individual choice of charities.
An inurnment will be held at a later date, at Fort Hill Cemetery.
Please view the Serenity Funeral Home website for future ceremony.
Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation Center, LLC is in charge of arrangements.
We invite you to view the Castings family guest book and leave a message of condolence at www.serenityfunerals.com.