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James D. Casteel

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James D. Casteel


James D. Casteel, 88, died Dec. 2, 2012. Born in Princeton, Missouri, he was a son of the late Herbert Cain and Corah Brantley Casteel.

He is survived by a son, Jim Frank Casteel, Palm Springs, CA; two daughters and their husbands, Lacey and Bob Ellis of Greenville, Sally and David Craven of Winston-Salem, NC; six grandsons, Jay (Megan) Taylor, Curtis (Hope) Taylor, Chad (Bec) Ellis, Jeremy Ellis, Cas and Jamie Craven; and four great grandchildren.

Mr. Casteel served in the Navy during World War II. After he graduated from the University of Missouri, he lived in Palestine, Texas for eleven years where he was part owner and manager of the Palestine Creamery Company. While in Palestine, he served on the Board of Deacons of the First Christian Church, was President of the Chamber of Commerce and President of the Rotary Club. After the sale of that business in 1960 he and his wife and children moved to Greenville.

In Greenville he was part owner and Vice President of the Carolina Carton Company.

After the sale of that business he was a Real Estate Broker and developed a sub-division out from Marietta. After one year that subdivision was completed and Jim and his wife Margaret started "Country Inns Unlimited", a country inn brokerage business selling bed and breakfast inns from Canada to Florida and as far west as Michigan. In connection with this business Jim published a magazine named "Innsider". Retirement followed the sale of this business to two brothers from Michigan.

In Greenville Jim served on The Vestry of Christ Church Episcopal, also on the Board of Governors of The Poinsett Club and as President of the Greenville County Historical Society.

Funeral Services will be held 2:30pm Wednesday, Dec. 5 in Christ Church Episcopal. Interment will follow in Christ Churchyard. Following the interment the family will receive friends in the McCall Parlor.

The family will also receive friends Tuesday from 4 until 6 pm at the home of Bob and Lacey Ellis, 122 Lakecrest Drive, Greenville, SC 29609.

The family would like to thank the Staff of the Haven in Chanticleer for their great kindness, medical skill, love and devotion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Church Episcopal, 10 North Church St., Greenville, SC 29601 or to the Greenville County Historical Society, 211 East Washington Street, Greenville, SC 29601.


Published in The Greenville News on Dec. 4, 2012
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