Vernell Elizabeth Casteen

August 9, 1939 - February 22, 2012
Vernell Elizabeth Casteen


Vernell Elizabeth Gainous Casteen, 72, of Wilmington, NC, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

She was born in Wilmington, NC on August 9, 1939, the daughter of the late Dock Memory and Maggie Mae James Gainous.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Donald Ray Casteen of Wilmington, NC; two daughters, Donna R. Casteen and husband, Floyd and Angela K. Casteen and husband, David both of Wilmington, NC; three brothers, Floyd H. Gainous of Wilmington, NC, James A. Gainous of Orrum, NC and Robert U. Gainous of Alabama; four granddaughters, Tiffany M. Blake, Gwendolynn R. Bass, Tamarah K. Bass, and Emily K. Gaeth all of Wilmington, NC; five grandsons, Josiah M., Timothy E., and Nathaniel M. Gaeth, Linwood R. Bass Jr., and Zachary T. Bass; two step-granddaughters, Jessica B. Jackson of Whiteville, NC and Brittany N. Brandenburg of NY; four great grandsons, and two great granddaughters.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel by Pastor Chris Gregg.

The family will receive friends following the service.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • February 24, 2012
    Crystal says:
    we all send our condolences to you and the family. vernell will truly be missed by all. we are all praying for you and your family. we love you

  • February 23, 2012
    Tiffany Blake says:
    Please keep my family in your thoughts. MaaMaa (Vernell) was an amazing and caring loving wife, mother and grandmother..WE love you MaaMaa Keep looking down on us.

  • February 23, 2012
    Angela casteen says:
    I love you mom!!!!! You will be missed but not forgotten....

  • February 24, 2012
    billie jo seals roblero says:
    angie i am so sorry to hear about your mom your mom was a very good woman.i'm here if you need me.your mom will be missed