Paul John Castleberry

Paul John Castleberry

March 26, 1944 - June 12, 2020
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Paul John Castleberry Jr., 76, passed away June 12, 2020 in McGregor, Texas. A viewing will take place Tuesday evening, June 16, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Brooks Funeral Directors Chapel in Canyon, Texas. Graveside services will be Wednesday, June 17 at 10 am at Dreamland Cemetery in Canyon.

Paul, or "Joe Paul" as his family called him, was born in Plainview, Texas on March 26, 1944 to Bess and Paul John Castleberry Sr. The family relocated to Borger, Texas. Joe Paul graduated from Borger High School in 1962. He earned a B.A. in physics from Oklahoma City University graduating Magna Cum Laude and was a proud member of the physics honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma. He earned a PhD in high energy nuclear physics in 1970 from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Joe Paul married Mary Elizabeth Adams on February 20, 1965. In October of that year, his son, Jeff, was born. In December of 1974, Joe Paul's daughter, Sarah, was born.
Upon earning his PhD, Joe Paul began work with the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington D. C. He then moved to the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He returned to Alexandria, Virginia to serve as the Directorate of Shock Physics with the Defense Nuclear Agency. In total, he had worked 32 years for the federal government by the time he retired in 2002.

Joe Paul loved cars, especially his Porsches. He was an active member of the Porsche Club of America, Potomac division, and was a PCA driving instructor for driving events at Virginia International Raceway and Summit Point Raceway, among other tracks along the east coast. He enjoyed basketball, golf, and tennis as well as tracking his cars.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Frank. He is survived by his first wife, Mary, of Fairport, New York; his son, Jeff, of Waco, Texas; his daughter Sarah Newsome and two beautiful grandchildren, Amber and George Jr. of Palmyra, New York; a niece, Sharon, of Borger, Texas; and a nephew, Joe Don, of Bowie, Maryland.
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    June 17, 2020 | 10:00am
    June 17, 2020 10:00am
    Dreamland Cemetery
    26500 S. US Hwy
    Canyon, TX 79015
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    Viewing and visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Brooks Chapel in Canyon.


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Mary Grace Castleberry

Posted at 11:21am
My favorite story of Joe Paul was one that involved his brother, Frank. When they were very young, Frank told Joe Paul that cuckleburs were baby porcupines and that you had to keep them warm in your hands so that they could grow. Joe Paul said he carried one around all day in his cupped hands!

Mary Grace Castleberry

Posted at 08:53pm
Joe Paul was a wonderful uncle to us when we first moved to the DC area and were away from the rest of our family. He invited us over for dinner more times than we could count. It brings us peace knowing he will rest with his beloved brother in Canyon.

Barbara Eldredge Dolan

Posted at 07:59pm
I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I had not seen him since we graduated from high school until our 45th (I believe) high school reunion. I was so impressed with what he had accomplished in his life. He was a good person and this world was a better place for his being in it and the imprint he left. R.I.P Joe.

Joe Don and Mary Grace Castleberry

Posted at 07:49pm
We are thinking of you during this difficult time. He was a good uncle to us.
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Jeanne Jacobs

Posted at 07:33pm
"Joe" as we called him in high school was an imposing figure even as a young man Confident and affable, he liked to dance. In my mind's eye, I can see Joe, as we danced. With a ready smile we moved to the music Clearly, he was an achiever. He, clearly, rose to great heights. Blessings to his family.

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