Ellis Earl Castleberry Jr. Sunday, January 8, 1939 - Friday, June 9, 2017
Ellis Earl Castleberry Jr. (Sonny) was born on Jan 08, 1939 in Kansas City KS. He was the first child born to Ellis E. Castleberry Sr. and Earnistine Davis-Castleberry. 11 children were born to this union. Ellis graduated from Sumner Academy in 1956. He married the love of his life Carole Sue Castleberry(English) in 1961 and together they raised a daughter, Karen SueCastleberrySimpson). Ellis was drafted into the United States Army in 1961, Serving in the Korean War from 1961 - 1963 as a Private Frist Class. Ellis served as a Military Police Officer and was a skilled sharpshooter (Rifle M-1) a skilledmarksman (Pistol .45), and became a proud member of the Foreign Legion.Upon returning home from the war, Ellis took a factory job with General Motors in 1964. He turned that job into a 42 year career, retiring in 2006. Ellis was a jack of all trades. He could build anything, cook anything and fix anything. He was self taught in most things. There was nothng Ellis couldn't do. Ellis and Carole Castleberry began raising their grandchildren in 1986. Latisha, Latoya, Tephanie and Joseph. Ellis was a loving man whom accepted everyone. He was known as "Papa" to the neighborhood children, allowing his home to be a safe haven for them all. He also played an important role in raising some of his nieces and nephews, treating each as though they were his own. Ellis was also delighted in helping to raise his great grandchildren for over the last 20 years and was the true backbone of his family.Besides his strong love for his family, Ellis had an even deeper love for the Lord. HIs lifes testimony and his selflessness bare witness to the righteous path Ellis chose to walk throughout his life. Being a becon of light and love to all that encountered him. Ellis was a man of few words but his loving presence spoke volumes. A shinning example to all, of true strength, courage, wisdom, and bravery. He was a genuine model of oyalty, decency, accountability, dependability and responsibility. Ellis enjoyed working on cars, watching sports games, spending quality time with his family, attending family functions, family reunions, and family road trips. He loved telling War Stories, cooking, building, customizing and fabricating home improvements, crossword puzzles and in his later years he enjoyed his visits to the casino. Ellis was a strong, intellegent, humble and gentle human being with a heart of gold and a smile that could light up the sky. He was also a well traveled man, blessed with the privilge of visting numerous foreign countries. Ellis was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006. He fought the greatest battle of his life for over 11 years. And with all of his might he soldiered on until God called him home. He faced adversity and affliction with grace, courage and great faith. He was cherished by many and will be missed by all. Ellis Is preceeded in death by his father, Ellis E. Castleberry Sr., his mother Earnistine DavisCastleberry, his wife Carole S. Castleberry, his daughter Karen S. Simpson, his sisters Brenda Nelson, Donna Nevels, Marilyn Castleberry and his brother Patrick Castleberry. Ellis leaves to cherish his memory, his grand daughters Latisha Castleberry, Latoya Muhammad and Tephanie Irons, his grandson Joseph Riley, his great-grandchildren Jermaine Barnett Jr., LaShai Scales, Jada Barnett, I'Leyah Barnett, Ja'Naiah Barnett, Javontae Barnett, Gary Scales III, I'Yonah Barnett, Isaac Barnett and Elisha Muhammad, his sisters Janice Canady, Caretia Harrison and Marlene Lang, his brothers Michael Caslteberry, Larry Castleberry and Darryl Castleberry, and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, family & friends. We give reverence to the dead through service to the living.