Clarence Wardell Castelow

April 1, 2012


AHOSKIE – Clarence Wardell Castelow (‘Buster’), age 59, died Sunday, April 01, 2012, at Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital.

Mr. Castelow was born in Norfolk, VA, on May 5, 1952, a son of Joyce Ann Peay Castelow Allen and the late Needham Wardell Castelow. Clarence was a devoted husband, father and stepfather; an avid hunter and fisherman and he loved to dance. He was employed as a pipefitter at Nasco Norfolk Shipbuilding in Norfolk, VA.

Besides his mother, Clarence leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Temperance Bazemore Castelow; his daughter, Bille Jo Castelow of Ahoskie, NC; his son, Anthony Paul Castelow of Chesapeake, VA; his stepchildren, Jerry Wayne Newsome, Jr. of Ahoskie, NC, Mary Evelyn Etters of Eure, NC; and Amy Jean Harrell of Winton, NC. Also surviving are his sisters, Shirley Jean Sherlock of Elizabeth City, NC and Joyce Ann Spencer of Alabama; his brothers Bruce Castelow of Hobbsville, NC, and Bobby Earl Castelow of Elizabeth City; his granddaughter Dawn Anderson of Chesapeake and his step grandchildren, Caitlin Brianna Newsome, Jonathan Tyler Newsome, Richard Dillon Harrell, Christopher Mills Harrell, Ethan Samuel Etters, and a baby girl due in May.

Clarence was predeceased by his first wife, Barbara Ann Cox, brothers Donald Eugene Castelow and William Turner Castelow; a grandson Jesse Tyler Culbertson; and a step grandson, Hunter Lee Etters.

A visitation will be held at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. and a celebration of life memorial service will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday, April 6, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Gilbert Crawford officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA, 23060.

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Toni and Bob
11 years ago


We give you our sympathy. With all hope that your love for your Dad and his for you will lift the load of sadness for you.

Know that you are in our thoughts.

Toni Landers and Bob Allen

Bunny Brady
11 years ago

Temperance, I’ve known you for many years and during that time you have always had a warm spirit and a smile that could melt any heart. You have my prayers and thoughts and you have your memories.

I’ve been in Minn. for 3 years but hope to see you when i get back there during christmas holidays.

Love, Bunny

Jane White
11 years ago

Dear Ms. Temperance and Family

I was deeply saddened to hear about your husband and loved one. I know he will be missed very much. I know that you can rejoice in all the wonderful memories you have made with your husband and loved one.

May God Bless you and your family during this special time.


Jane White

(Carolina’s Home Care)

Ron & Janice Ayers
11 years ago

Dear Temperance,

Ron and I want you and the rest of the family to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ron was very sad to hear about his cousin. I had only seen you both a few times at the dances, but you made such a great couple and always looked like you had such fun together. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. Ron’s cell number is (252) 809-3641 and mine is (252) 809-3951.

We will be seeing you soon.


Ron and Janice Ayers

11 years ago

Temperance’s children’, It’s hard to say good-bye to a man that has brought such joy into our lives. We all loved him a lot. Thank you for welcoming him into your lives and allowing him to be a grandfather to your children. He thought of each one of you as his own. My deepest sympathy to each of you.

Aunt Wendy
11 years ago

To Buster’s Little Girl, Billie Jo, Your Daddy is still watching over you and you will always have him in your heart. Please find comfort in these words. How he could always bring lots of laughter into a room; never forget his laugh!

Aunt Wendy
11 years ago

Tony, I send my deepest condolances to you. You have lost a great father here on earth but you have a heavenly father to help you through your grieve. Just ask Him for comfort and He will be there for you. What a wonderful Dad your father was. You have many great memories of him as I do. He will always be in our hearts

Cyndy Perkins
11 years ago


I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

11 years ago

Temperance, Buster is missed very much but will always be remembered as the one who always kept us laughing at the family gatherings. We will remember his wonderful laugh and huge smile, his warm heart and his love for you. I am so glad that the two of you met and fell in love. Know that your love made these last few years so very special for him and that he is “fine” now.(Remember he told you so).

Kathy Anders
11 years ago

I have never called you by that name, to me you have always and will forever be calle “Uncle BUSTER” I will miss you and remeber you always. love Kathy