Mary Dean Stedman Castleberry
Funeral Date: 1/25/2015

Obituary:
Mary Dean Stedman Castleberry went to her heavenly home on Thursday, January 22nd and was reunited with the love of her life, Jessie Hoyt Castleberry whom she married July 17th, 1943 and lost July, 26th, 2002. As a result of their love, she leaves behind three daughters, Glenda Laster, Nancy Willett and Jo Ann Pyle, and three sons, although not by birth but by love, Grady Laster, Joe Willett and Charles Pyle. She was second mother to Mark, Rose Mary, Kevin, Heather, Holly and Jeff. That is why she was honored with the title of “Mamma Mary”. She also leaves behind 10 great-grandchildren. She was born September 27th, 1925 to John Wesley Stedman and Hazel Rogers Stedman in Warren, AR. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and an infant son. A brother Wilburn Stedman and two sisters, Opal Reece Stedman and Laverne Cornish. Surviving other than her children is a brother, John Thelbert Stedman, Cabot, AR and two sisters Zula Mae Johnson and Brucell George, both of Warren, AR and a host of special nieces and nephews. She was a welder in the shipyards of California during World War II. She traveled with Hoyt on construction jobs but her heart was always in Bradley County where they decided it would be best if she stayed to provide their children a stable home. She raised tomatoes, worked at Potlatch and Jack Winters. The unconditional love that Hoyt and Mary showed their children and grandchildren was perfect example of Gods Love. Mary raised her children in Macedonia Baptist Church where she was a member. Funeral services were 2:00pm Sunday, January 25th at Frazer’s Chapel with Rev. Steve Pelz and Rev. Wayman Mann officiating. Musicians were Mary Clark, Marilyn Avery and John Hammond. Burial was in Hickory Springs Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Mark Laster, Kevin Cummings, Kevin Young, Jeff Willett, Jesse McKinnon and Neil Walker.

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Name: Mary Ann Rauls Clanton
Message: To Jo Ann,Glenda and Nancy, I know your mother is rejoicing now that she is with Mr. Hoyt. She was a wonderful, sweet lady. May God bless you all during this time of loss.

Name: Ricky Green
Message: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Mary, though I am certain that she is happy now to be "home!" I send warmest thoughts and prayers.

Name: G Ford
Message: I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to you. All of us have experienced the loss of a loved one. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are never alone. Turn to the Holy Scriptures for guidance and to help soothe your heart. Psalms 34;18 assures us that God is near to those broken at heart and crushed in spirit. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

Name: Connie Odom
Message: Glenda and family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Please accept my deepest sympathy

Name: Ken & Lula Ellis
Message: Thoughts and prayers are with all the family for peace and comfort in this time of loss.

Name: Ricci & David Dews
Message: We are so sorry for your loss.

Name: Rhonda and Mike Gorman
Message: Prayers for your family.

Name: Jim & Emily Lasiter
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Name: Heath, Amanda, & Jewel Arnold
Message: We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family. I know heaven received another angel.

Name: Sanny McLaughlin
Message: Jo Ann, Nancy and Glenda, I just wanted you to know how truly blessed I am that I was able to spend the last few years with "our mom". I loved her very much. She will forever be in my heart and deeply missed. Love you all.

Name: Mary Hamilton
Message: Sorry to hear of your loss. Wish we were there to help you as you did us when my Dad died.

Name: Jackie & Jerry Johnson
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Name: Tammy Hensley
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Name: Kelly Bussey
Message: Thinking about each one of you, sweet family, during this time and in the days to come. "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." 2 Corinthians 5:8

Name: Mary Rotton Chandler
Message: Loving prayers that you find comfort and peace.

Name: French and Judy Wynne
Message: Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of you.