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Dr. Marion Dean Castleberry

January 25, 1951 — June 25, 2022

Hewitt, Texas

Dr. Marion Dean Castleberry, 71, of Hewitt, entered his heavenly reward on Saturday, June 25, 2022.  A Celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm, Friday, July 1st at First Baptist Waco.

Dr. Marion Dean Castleberry was born in Gilmer, Texas to Kenneth Leon Castleberry and Callie Faye Hill Castleberry on January 25, 1951. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Terri Castleberry, and one son, Colin Brent Castleberry and his wife Angel of San Antonio. He loved and cherished his three grandchildren: Colin Castleberry Jr. of Camp La Jejune, North Carolina, Gabby Castleberry, and Taryn Castleberry of San Antonio. He leaves behind one brother, Byron Castleberry and his wife, Cecila of Alba, Texas. His brother-in-law, Keith Loter and his wife, Michele reside in Kingsland, Texas. Nieces and nephews who he loved dearly include: Stephanie Corley and Toby, Jeremie Castleberry and Amy, all of Alba, Texas; Rachel Hadfield of San Francisco, California, Kat Lotersmith and husband, Matt, as well as Tabbi Loter and fiancé, Mark Zanders, all of Austin, Texas. There are several great nieces and nephews and he loved watching them grow and achieve no matter the age! Marion was truly beloved by a myriad of cousins and aunts and uncles.

Marion leaves a legacy of achievements in the world of theatre, especially theatre education. He began teaching in 1972 and retired from Baylor University on June 1, 2022. His 50 years of teaching brought him great joy and many rewards. He was loved and respected by students and colleagues. Marion treasured his 21 years at Baylor, and he was greatly honored to teach and mentor so many gifted and intelligent graduate students. He was so touched and moved by the beautiful tributes he received from his colleagues at his retirement reception. He enjoyed writing especially about his favorite subject, Horton Foote, playwright and screen writer. He wrote his culminating work on Foote entitled, Blessed Assurance, The Life and Faith of Horton Foote, and it is a definitive biography covering all the works of Horton Foote. He directed over 100 productions during his career, one of those, Horton Foote’s The Traveling Lady was staged at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City. Theatre was his third passion in life, but his first was his faith in Jesus Christ, and he believed strongly that his creative gifts were from God and he was given the purpose of using them to share his faith. His favorite verse comes from Chapter 2, verse 10 of Ephesians, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. His second passion was his wife, Terri, who he taught what it meant to love and recognize God as a father and who he cherished just as Jesus cherishes his Church, and he loved and prayed for his son, Colin, every day of his life.

He grew in his faith every day and he tried to exemplify it whatever work he was doing. Adjudicating high school plays was a great joy for him, and he loved his colleagues in the Texas Theatre Association of Texas. Marion tried to share wisdom and grace in his service to this organization. The organization chose him to lead TETA as president through a very rough transition and he did it well. He was awarded the Founder’s Award and the many tributes shared upon his death are cherished by his family. In closing, one of his friends, quoted from To Kill a Mockingbird, the line bestowed on Atticus as he leaves the courtroom. Paraphrased, it read, “Theatre World, stand up, Marion Castleberry is passing by”.

Marion will be greatly missed by his family, his students, and his colleagues, but he is happy with Jesus and all the family members who have gone before. And he is waiting for that day when we are reunited.

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Friday, July 1, 2022

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

First Baptist Church of Waco

500 Webster Avenue, Waco, TX 76706

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