Billy Jack Caston

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, July 6, 2004

Services for Billy Jack Caston of Crystal Springs were 11 a.m.,Tuesday, July 6, at First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs withburial in the church cemetery. Stringer Funeral Home is in chargeof arrangements.

Visitation was Monday from 5-8 p.m. and 9-10:30 p.m. at CrystalSprings United Methodist Church and Tuesday at Bethel BaptistChurch in Liberty from 2-3 p.m.

Mr. Caston, 72, died at 3 a.m. on July 4, 2004, at St.Dominic/Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was born in Amite County onDec. 31, 1931, to Jack and Euna Bell Caston.

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He graduated from Liberty High School. He then attendedSouthwest Mississippi Community College and the University ofMississippi. He served his country in the U.S. Army during theKorean War. He had lived in Copiah County since 1984. Billy JackCaston was a member of the Mississippi Highway Patrol for 25 years.He retired in 1986 and became a member of the Retired TrooperAssociation. He began his career in Tylertown before transferringto Amite County. He served the Mississippi Highway Patrol as apatrolman, assistant inspector, training instructor and troopcommander of the Brookhaven sub-station responsible for thesouthern 13 counties. After retirement, he began a second career asa manager of Lake Copiah in Copiah County. During football seasonhe could be found with with his wife, Linda, and their twodachshunds, Tiboo and T-Bar, in their motor home at the Ole Missfootball games.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one son, Barry; onesister, Elnor Ray Ellenor; and one brother, Wesley Caston. He was amember of First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs for 20 years.

Survivors are his wife, Linda Lynchard Caston; two daughters,Jackie Caston of Liberty, and Tamara and her husband ChrisRickenbaker of Athens, Ala; three sons, Billy Jack and his wifeEileen Caston II, and Hunter Caston of Liberty; Jay and his wifeSheri Smith of Centerville; two sisters, Dinah Kirkland of Libertyand Judy and her husband Louis Seale of McComb; two brothers, Brentand his wife, Pessy, and Jemse K. Caston of Liberty; sevengrandchildren, Johnny, Melissa, Jack and Mary of Athens, Ala.,Barry Caston of Liberty, Corey and Alex Smith of Centervile; andspecial friend of the family, Janet Harper of Liberty.

Pallbearers will be Dewey Price, Bill Frohn, John Carney, RickyDavis, Jeff Price, Vester Newcome, Ken Caston and JamesKirkland.

Memorials will be made to First Baptist Church, 306 S. JacksonSt., Crystal Springs, of the American Cancer Society.