Earthman Baytown Funeral Home

3919 Garth Road, Baytown, TX


Lillian Merle Castleberry

November 7, 1936January 10, 2020

Lillian Merle Castleberry, age 83 of Beach City, Texas passed away January 10, 2020. She was born to Ferdinand and Malcolm Sarria on November 7, 1936 in Navasota, Texas. Lillian was born and raised in the Baptist faith. They lived in the Navasota area for several years growing up. The family moved to Louisiana, where they lived about two and one half years before moving back to Texas. Lillian has lived in Houston, Odessa/Midland area, then Colorado and Washington states, then back to Houston, where she remained. She volunteered for several years at the VA Hospital. She enjoyed ceramics for a time, painting and crocheting. Lillian traveled to Europe and enjoyed cruises with her husband, Don. In later years, she enjoyed shopping in person and online. Lillian and Don Castleberry met and married on December 18, 1984. They were married 35 years this past December. In late 2004, Don and Lil decided to move to Beach City and build their retirement home out by their family. Lillian was able to enjoy many years living near her children and grandchildren.

Lillian was preceded in death by her parents, Ferdinand and Malcolm Sarria; brother, Ferdinand J Sarria, Jr.; and sister, Menita Lois Defir. She is survived by her husband, Donald Castleberry; children, Kevin M. Smith (Sharon), Dana M. Loftin (Paul), Anson M. Smith (Laura), Earl C. Smith (Amy); grandchildren, Leslie A. Johnson (Roger), Baten R. Smith (Sara), Steven P. Loftin (Shana), Clint A. Loftin, Ashley M. Smith, Dashiell S. Allen-Smith, Rocco C. Allen-Smith, Jetson R. Allen-Smith; great grandchildren, Dylan J. Loesch, Easton C. Poole, Baten P. Smith, Madalyn A. Smith; sister, Jewel Kratz and brother, Richard Sarria (Barbara) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 am on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Earthman Funeral Home, Baytown Chapel. Interment will follow at Earthman Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends on Monday, January 13 from 5:00 until 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity. The family is being assisted by Earthman Funeral Home 3919 Garth RD, Baytown, TX 77521 (281)422-8181.


  • Steven Loftin, Active Pallbearer
  • Clint Loftin, Active Pallbearer
  • Baten Smith, Active Pallbearer
  • Dylan Loesch, Active Pallbearer
  • Brad Sarria, Active Pallbearer
  • Brian Sarria, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Committal Service Tuesday, January 14, 2020


Lillian Merle Castleberry

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Maxine WILD

January 15, 2020

When Lillian could no longer speak, it seemed like she wanted desperately to tell me something. She was worried about things left undone - with the sorrow of our loss, I was prompted to script a poem in her memory. This is my poem to my friend Lillian

There will always be things left undone
When it’s your time, and you’re called upon
There will always be loved ones right here
Who will carefully tend, to all you held dear
There will always be reminders of you
Wherever we glance, or cast a view
There will always be a place in our hearts
Where you shall live, and never will part
There will always be fond memories, held close
When especially you’re missed, and needed most
There will always be an echo of your voice
When we’re looking for answers, or making a choice
There will always be your warm smiling face
When we look to the sky, your vision’s in place
There will always be the sound of your laughter
When silence abounds, you’re there ever after

Maxine WILD

January 15, 2020

To all Lillian's Family
This past year, I often wondered "What am I going to do without my friend Lillian"; we were confidants, sound boards and soul sisters to each other. Lillian had a wealth of life knowledge; she was my resource; I learned so much from her. We talked so often.
With her scope of experience and knowledge, you could "take" Lillian anywhere - and she would definitely dress properly for the occasion and behave accordingly!! She knew the purpose of every knife, fork and spoon in a formal table setting. On the other side she knew the purpose of both hay and straw!
I know she dearly loved her parents, sisters, brother, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and husband. You were her life, her reason to be.
She gleefully shared all your accomplishments and cried when a problem or an issue arose in your life. She cared and worried about all of you . She was so proud and comforted when your lives were blessed with favor.
She passed away with happiness and pride in her heart knowing your lives were blessed with loving family, mended health and a promising future. You made her happy.
She was the best at being a best friend. I will miss her so.
Love Maxine

Margaret Steinhoff

January 13, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss and you and everyone in my prayers, I also remember meeting her , she came to my house for a party. A wonderful person.

Joanne Teichroeb

January 12, 2020

My husband Ed and I send our sympathies to your and your family at this time of loss and sadness. A number of years ago I had the great pleasure of accompanying my sister Maxine Wild on a visit to Lillian in her beautiful home. We enjoyed very fine hospitality, delicious food, and wonderful conversation. I felt very privileged to meet such a fine lady. I know she will be dearly and deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Gene Castleberry

January 12, 2020

I did not know you as well as I should have; but, I do know that you made my brother Don very happy.

Chan Smith

January 12, 2020

My Father Earl Butler Smith and my Mother Lillian Merle Castleberry.

I am comforted that you are surrounded by family and friends greeting you in heaven.

You are loved and missed.

Earl “Chan” Smith

January 12, 2020

We love you dearly. We miss you so much.