Mary Louise Vernon Casteen (1934 - 2018)

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MARY LOUISE VERNON CASTEEN Mary Louise Vernon Casteen, 83, of Rose Hill, NC passed away Sunday, September 9, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 22, 1934 to Jesse Earl Vernon and Mary Susan Johnson Vernon in Lenoir County. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband of 44 years, Joseph Earl Casteen, and a grandson, Jesse Dale Harrell. Also preceding her in death were 3 brothers Colon Douglas Vernon, Davide Earl Vernon, and Tracy Delano Vernon; and 2 sisters Ellen Vernon Savage and Evelyn Vernon Gore. Louise is survived by her children Joseph Wayne Casteen (Karla) of Wallace, Wendell Craig Casteen (Shannon) of Rose Hill, and Rhonda Casteen of Wallace; her grandchildren Zachary Casteen (Andrea), Grayson Casteen (Ashton), Joshua Harrell, Whaley Casteen, and Nathan Casteen; and six great-grandchildren Raegan, Peyton, Dustin, Adlyn, Clara, and Rowan. Also surviving are three sisters Faye Exley (Jim) of Wilmington, Bessie Ann Casteen (Reid) of Wallace, Joan Matthews (Jimmy) of Castle Hayne; and many nieces and nephews. Grandma Lou, or "Weezy" as she was often affectionately called, was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, always happiest when surrounded by her family. She was a dedicated member of the Rose Hill Baptist Church where she enjoyed serving with the Women's Missionary Union. A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, September 11 at 3:00 at the Rose Hill Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Steve LeRoux, and preceded by a graveside service at 2:00 at Rockfish Cemetery in Wallace. Visitation will follow the memorial service in the church sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Elevator Fund at the Rose Hill Baptist Church, PO Box 459, Rose Hill, NC 28458.
Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Sept. 12, 2018