BOONEVILLE – Anna Bea Castleberry, 87, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Tishomingo Manor in Iuka after a 15-month illness. She was born Jan. 25, 1927, in Booneville. Her bubbly personality, colorful clothes, smile and good smelling perfume made her a special lady. In 1949, she married Jim Castleberry, and they began a wonderful life together. She worked at Blue Bell shirt factory, Mississippi Action For Progress Head Start as a licensed social worker for 34 years, and at Hills Chapel School as an office assistant. She was a member of Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church. As a young girl in 1929, she witnessed the vote to construct the first Martin Hill church building. Her warm smile that has greeted loved ones, thousands of children and friends will be greatly missed.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rodney Brazil and Bro. Russell Clouse officiating. Burial will be in Martin Hill Cemetery.
She is survived by a daughter, Leta Stockton of Booneville; a daughter-in-law, Katy Castleberry of House Springs, Mo.; granddaughters, Michelle Stockton and Jamie Beth Castleberry; great-granddaughter, Ava Grace Parada; her lifelong friend, Faye Martin Lester; special friends, Jimmy and Clarareece Taylor, Floyd and Ann Cartwright, and Charles Stevens; numerous loved ones; and a multitude of friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, James Kim Castleberry; an infant son, Larry Dale Castleberry; her parents, Baxter and Maudie Smith; two sisters, Troyace Nicholson and Lola Walden; a son-in-law, Terry Stockton; and a niece, Bobbie Walden Jeffreys.
Pallbearers are Wayne Walden, Bob Hare, Jimmy Taylor, Floyd Cartwright, Henry Green and Brandon Burcham.
Honorary pallbearers are the deacons of Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church, Gerald Dodds, Kenneth Nicholson, Benny Nix, Jackie Nix, Ben Stennett and Mark Walden.