Daniel ‘Danny’ Lee Casteel


Daniel “Danny” Lee Casteel, 71, a lifetime resident of Cleveland, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, at a local hospital.

Danny was a member of First Baptist Church, where he served as a greeter, and was a member of Maple Street Baptist Church for 52 years and served as youth leader, trustee and on the Building & Grounds Committee. He was a graduate of Cleveland High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a retired teacher from Bradley Central High School and retired from M&M Mars as a quality systems scientist. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Danny’s hobbies included running, golfing and spending time with his family, but his favorite hobby was being “Papa” to his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Lee and Emma Moore Casteel; his brother, Douglas Lamont Casteel; and his brother-in-law, Vance Walker.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Janice Casteel; two children, Rocky L. Casteel and wife, Jessica, of Harrison, and Daniel Blake Casteel of Cleveland; five grandchildren, Cailyn Scott and husband, Stephen, Mason Casteel, Easton Casteel, Zachary Casteel and Jackson Casteel; one great-grandchild, Owen Scott; a sister, Carol Walker (Joey Hawkins) of Cleveland; and nephews, Casey Casteel and James Casteel, sons of Douglas Casteel. Danny’s extended family includes sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Chuck Beshears (Jackie and Timmy Goins, Marley Flowers and Charlie Beshears); brother and sister-in-law, Bobby and Vicki Dunn (Mike Dunn and Brett Dunn); sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Spencer Evans (Jenny and Brian Burdette and Jamie and Jerry Koski); sister-in-law, Linda Cross (Richmond and Missy Flowers); sister and brother-in-law, Dot and Ralph Harris, who are deceased, (Lee and Pam Harris, Julie and Adam Galloway); brother-in-law, Bill Dunn, who is deceased, (Tim Dunn and Kelly Forgey); uncle, J.E. Swanson; and so many special great-nieces and nephews; his good friend, Bobby Kessler; and his two “BCHS brothers,” Rob Parker and Paul Shull.

A Celebration of His Life will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory, with Paul Shull, Rob Parker, the Rev. Alan Stewart and Tom Wicks officiating.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 1275 NE Stuart Road, Cleveland TN 37312.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Casteel family guestbook at



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