Ramsey Casteel, 29, of Nashville, passed away in Dallas on Feb. 3, 2011, surrounded by the family that loved him. During his 18-month struggle with cancer of the brain and spine, Ramsey also benefited from the love and comfort of a large network of extended family and friends from around the globe. This wonderful group provided Ramsey with loyal support and many acts of kindness as he faced the increasing physical challenges of the disease with patience, courage, and dignity.
Born on March 30, 1981, in Dallas, Ramsey was a lifelong member of Highland Park United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Bradfield Elementary School, St. Mark’s School of Texas Middle School, and Highland Park High School. In 2003, Ramsey graduated cum laude from Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business in Nashville, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Following graduation, Ramsey pursued his dedication for, and love of, the country music business in Nashville. Most recently he was the associate manager with Mike Robertson Management. Working in Nashville in an office on Music Row was the fulfillment of diligent study and hard work, and was a dream come true for Ramsey.
Ramsey was an easy-going, laid-back guy with a kind soul who was a continual source of entertainment to his friends. Besides his love of country music, he had a soft spot for animals — especially Mini, his feline friend of 22 years. He loved to travel, knew every back road of central Tennessee, and had special affinity for any place with a beach. His sense of curiosity took him many places, and transformed him into a human almanac of country music trivia and wonderful stories.
Ramsey is survived by his mother, Caroline Burk Casteel of Dallas; father, Frederick R. Casteel of Highland Park; sister, Catherine Casteel Olasky and brother-in-law, Peter L. Olasky, of London; aunt, Ann Ramsey Burk of Houston; and aunt, uncle, and cousin, Mabyn, Pat, and Mitchell Day, of Silsbee, Texas. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Mildred Ramsey and Percy Beal Burk of Tyler; and Lila Singletary and Rupert (Jack) McFerrin Casteel of Beaumont.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 11, 2011, at Highland Park United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, those who desire may make contributions to the Ramsey Casteel Memorial Fund at any Regions Bank location. This fund will be used to support Ramsey’s love of animals and music business education.