OBITUARY

Jeffery Paul Casteel Jr.

July 19, 1990July 10, 2018
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Jeffery Paul Casteel, Jr., 27 of Salem, AL passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in Phenix City, Alabama. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Lakewood Baptist Church with Rev. M.R. Hamilton officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 3:00pm until 5:00pm at Striffler-Hamby, Phenix City, AL. Jeffery was born July 19, 1990 in Opelika, Alabama; son of Jeffery Paul Casteel, Sr. and Karen Holloway Casteel of Salem, AL. He served in the U.S. Navy and was employed with Continental Carbon. Survivors include his wife, Jessica Casteel and his son, whom he loved and adored, Jeffery Paul Casteel, III; brother, Brett Casteel and wife Lacey, his niece, Sadie Lynn Casteel and numerous other relatives and friends. Jeffery had a big heart and loved people, but mostly loved his family and his son. His memory will always be cherished and will be greatly missed. To offer condolences, please visit www.shphenixcity.com

  • FAMILY

  • Jessica Casteel, Wife
  • Jeffery Paul Casteel III, Son
  • Karen Holloway Casteel, Mother
  • Jeffery Paul Casteel Sr., Father
  • Brett (Lacey) Casteel, Brother
  • Sadie Lynn Casteel, Niece
  • Numerous other relatives and friends

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 15, 2018
REMEMBERING

Jeffery Paul Casteel Jr.

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Karen Casteel

August 14, 2018

Jeff I love you forever. You have always been such a loving soul throughout your entire life. Thank you for leaving such a Legacy. Your story will be never ending. Love always your Momma❤️

Ken Wells

July 14, 2018

An awesome son in law who really loved his son a lot. Gonna miss seeing him daily. My 💓 heart hurts most for his son, Lil Jeff. But Lil Jeff will always have us, his Mom, and Jeff's parents to keep him going... .

Geneva Thrasher

July 12, 2018

I met Jeff when he was 4 he was Best friends with my youngest son Drue Wilder. He was a sweetheart caring and amazing young man. Another 👼 in heaven . Prayers to his family

Teresa Thaxton

July 12, 2018

Always, always said to me "Hello Beautiful". This would make me smile every time. Such a good looking young man. Looking at little Jeff will for ever keep Jeff''s memory alive. You will be missed.

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Biography

      “To know him was to love him.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. But for Jeffery Paul Casteel Jr., it summarized in every way who he was. He was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around him and always thinking before acting with an occasional surprise up his sleeves. He was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything he did. He was a friendly person who truly cared about those around him.

      Jeffery was born on July 19, 1990 at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika Alabama. He was the son of Jeff and Karen Casteel. Raised in Smiths Station Alabama, he was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, he learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that he would carry with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, Jeffery was always aware of how others around him felt and this quality served him well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Jeffery was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Jeffery was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where he could concentrate, Jeffery also had the ability to relate well with his family and friends. Jeffery was raised with one younger brother. Brett Andrew Casteel. Jeffery was constantly involved in activities with his family. Jeffery and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

      Growing up, Jeffery was one of those children who didn’t need to be in the center of a whirlwind of activity. He was content to entertain himself. Jeffery was never pushy when it came to games and other activities, but rather, he was able to enjoy the pure fun these could bring. In just about everything he did as a child, Jeffery was intent on pleasing both the adults and the other children around him. Jeffery took part in a number of activities as a child. He took part in football and baseball. Baseball and football all stars. In his younger days he really liked magic, collected coins. Jeffery's memorable achievements included catcher in baseball all stars and was always exceptional at football playing many positions.

      Jeffery enjoyed learning. He always had a great memory and was particularly skilled at retaining factual information. Jeffery was generally quiet in class, learning best through observation. He often showed great concentration and was competent at completing the tasks at hand. Good with details, Jeffery was painstaking and accurate in his efforts. All of these talents culminated in a successful high school career. He graduated from He attended Smiths Station High School then Russell County high school up to his Senior year in Jeff recieved his GED before his classmates while in 12 th grade. He wanted to begin working. Jeffery enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. His favorite class in high school was math class. He was so quick and could spit out equations in his head. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was not exactly positive if he had a favorite.

      Most folks would say that Jeffery was shy until they got to know him. Those who were privileged to know him well learned that he was a solid, good friend. Jeffery was reluctant to generalize about people, and he based his friendships on his personal experiences. Because of this, Jeffery best trusted those people that he truly knew. He was concerned about how those around him felt, and he always seemed to uncover the positive side of people. He could relate to others and had the ability to see their point of view, to “walk a mile in their shoes,” as the saying goes. The friends that he made, Jeffery kept. While growing up, some of his best friends were Jeremy Boyte, Shane Brown, T Bo, Joey Keyser and Montana Dudley to name a few. He got along with everyone. Later in life, he became friends with Shane Brown and his boss Thomas Harper became closest to him besides family.

      Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for Jeffery. On December 14,2010 divorced February 2011 but remained together until June 2018 Jeffery married Jessica Shannon Wells at Russell County courthouse with family and close relatives. Of Phenix City, Alabama. He was totally committed to Jessica and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if Jeffery naturally sensed his spouse’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally. Although Jeffery disliked conflict, he did not take flight from discord, but rather sought to preserve harmony even during the most trying times.

      Jeffery was a good father to his children. He had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because he trusted emotions, Jeffery was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way he seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around him, always thinking before acting. In addition, Jeffery was a master planner. No matter how hectic life around him might be, he seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. Jeffery was blessed with one child, a son by the name of Jeffery Paul Casteel III. He called him Lil Man and Slim mostly.

      If you gave Jeffery a deadline, he would meet it. At work, Jeffery was always on task. Without hesitation, Jeffery could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. His primary occupation was shipping department at Conntinetal Carbon in Phenix City. He was employed with many family businesses since age of 15. In 2010 he joined the United States Navy before present job. During that time, Jeffery excelled in working with small groups in order to complete assignments. He was able to quickly grasp concrete ideas and could organize and plan the best way to accomplish things with remarkable consistency. Jeffery was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, Jeffery had a true gift for being able to come up with practical resolutions to difficult problems. He was often the team member who managed to put forth a win/win solution for all parties.

      Jeffery was a sailor in the US Navy. He seemed to thrive on the routines offered up by the military. Being a literal thinker with a calm exterior helped him handle the rigors of the military. Stationed in Norfolk Virginia with brief stay in Pensacola Florida. Jeff was never deported.

      Jeffery liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced Jeffery's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, Jeffery preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were gaming and coin collecting with a brief love for rapping. Jeffery was content to sit quietly alone, enjoying his hobbies all by himself and could often be found just reading about his favorite pastimes.

      While thorough and measured in his approach to things, Jeffery often liked to physically do things rather than just think about them. He was like that with sports. In high school, Jeffery played Football and Baseball. Recreational sports included a little softball , loved bowling and any competitive came with his family. He also enjoyed the statistical data and the facts behind the sports. In this way, he was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite teams whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football.

      Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with Jeffery had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that he was the trip planner. He would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included Fripp Island South Carolina, He always wanted to travel to places and would have given time.

      Jeffery had Sable his pit bull was his most favorite pet, who was his best friend for He got this pet in 2008 and we still have her at 2018. His family was rounded out by his several dogs, cats and he loved chamelons and bearded dragons. Jeffery was as loyal to his pets as they were to him.

      Jeffery passed away on July 10, 2018 at at one of his homes in Phenix City Rusk trailor park. Jeff fought a long term depression. He was very brave and strong for most of his life. His son Jeff, mother Karen, father Jeff, brother Brett his wife Lacey; neice Sadie Lynn and partner Jessica as well as a large family and friends. Services were held at Lakewood Baptist Church with visitation at Striffler Hamby. Jeff's ashes will be laid to rest at Lakeview Gardens in Phenix City Alabama as well as with his closest loved ones.

      It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Jeffery was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. Jeffery was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of man to whom everyone was drawn. He was thorough and practical. Jeffery Casteel was very literal with his words. You always knew where you stood with Jeffery. He will be missed.