“I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1
Thelma Martin Casselle peacefully entered into eternal life to be with her Lord on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at her home.
Thelma, who was a loving and cherished wife, mother, sister, and friend, was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Reo Casselle, Jr., mother, and father, Phil & Ruth Martin, Sr., and eight of her siblings: Bessie Smith, George Martin, Major Martin, Eric Martin, Owen Martin, Phil Martin Jr., Ida Christian, and Genevieve Christian.
Thelma was born in Fluvanna County, VA on January 8, 1936, to the late Phil & Ruth Martin, Sr. She was educated in the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools and was a 1954 graduate of Bruton Heights School in Williamsburg. After graduating high school, she continued her education at the College of William & Mary completing courses in management. On February 6, 1959, she was joined in Holy Matrimony to Willard Reo Casselle, Jr.
Thelma was a woman of God who was and accepted the Lord as her personal Savior at a very early age at First Baptist Church at the Nassau Street site in Williamsburg and continued to be a life-long, dedicated member. She started singing at age 3 and joined the choir at an early age. Thelma compassionately demonstrated a life of service as she worked fervently at the church as the chair of the Music Committee and sang in the choirs for many years. She was also a Deacon, a member of the Hospitality Ministry, and the church sexton. She took pride in setting up church events ensuring that the church was presentable for all of the ministries and activities.
She worked for 33 years at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in hotel services and was promoted to supervisor. She loved bowling with her husband participating in senior leagues and the church bowling league. Thelma enjoyed music including Glady’s Knight, Aretha Franklin, and church anthems & all sacred music. Thelma enjoyed traveling across the country, especially staying at her favorite resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. Her favorite team sport was the Washington Football Team (formerly known as the Washington Redskins). Thelma took pleasure in cooking and enjoyed making marble cakes and delicious “corny” cornbread. Thelma was a classy woman whose dress was stylish and elegant.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her faithful and loving daughter, Evea Casselle of Williamsburg, VA; two siblings, Charlie Martin (Emily, deceased) of Williamsburg, VA and Inez Love of Bowie, MD; special friends, Eva Brunson, Debra Wilson, Shirley Pryor, Liz Montgomery, Reginald Fox, and Larry Bogger; and a host of nieces, nephews, church family, and friends.
The Rev. Dr. Reginald F. Davis, Pastor of First Baptist Church will render the Homegoing Celebration Eulogy at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 22, 2021, at First Baptist Church, 727 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA. Due to COVID restrictions, there will be a limit of 50 people, wearing of masks and social distancing required. Livestream will be available at the beginning of the service. Interment to follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Thelma Casselle will lie in repose at Whiting’s Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 21, 2021.
Professional services entrusted to the staff of Whiting’s Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, VA 23185. 757-229-3011 whitingsfuneralhome.com
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