Opal Lee Castleman

Opal Lee (McKinney) Castleman, the sixth child of Ethel May (Harrell) McKinney and George E. McKinney, was born Jan. 19, 1927, at Hemphill, Texas. She passed away Jan. 7, 2011 at Houston, Mo., after a long illness with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was an active member of Ozark Baptist Church for most of her life and was instrumental in all phases of construction and additions to the church, including the first modern sanctuary in 1973.

During the early years of Opal’s life her family lived in east Texas and Louisiana, where her father worked in the lumber mills. In 1931, the family returned to her grandfather’s house in the Ozark community, where she attended grade school. She graduated from Houston High School in 1944.

She married Robert C. Williams Jr. on Feb. 5, 1946, in Detroit, Mich. They moved back to her family’s farm and lived there the rest of her life except for short periods in Fenton, Mo., and California. They divorced after 38 years of marriage. On Nov. 19, 1988, she married O’Neal Castleman.

Opal was employed for many years at Brown Shoe factory and H.D. Lee factory in Houston. She was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed working in her home and garden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, O’Neal Castleman; two brothers, Travis and Bill McKinney; and two sisters, Fern Hart and Irene Crowley.

She is survived by one son, Ryan Lee Williams and his wife, Margaret, of Licking, Mo.; one stepdaughter, Rosalind (Darryl) Miller; one stepson, Lex Castleman; one sister, Mavis (Larry) Hess of Bellevue, Ill.; one brother, Jack F. (Sidnee) McKinney; one granddaughter; three step granddaughters; two step grandsons; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at Ozark Baptist Church with Rev. Ed Hamilton and Rev. Kendall Ford officiating. Burial followed at Allen Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Allen Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.

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