Bulah Mae Maness Castellaw went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ surrounded by family, love, and hymns on Monday, March 22, 2021 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Bulah was born November 21, 1930 in Lexington, Tennessee to Ace and Alpha Mays Maness. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband of 53 years, Ben Duke Castellaw.
Always a hard worker, she worked various jobs from the Milan Ammunition Plant to the Wells Lamont Glove Factory. Perhaps her most beloved job was feeding the children of Haywood County at Sunny Hill, Haywood High, and Haywood Junior High. “Miss” Bulah, as she was known to the children who adored her, always made sure you had plenty to eat and an extra strawberry, “Dah-ling”.
Never one to be found idle, Bulah was a lady who kept busy. It gave her special joy to serve others. She loved her church and gave of her time so generously whether rocking babies, cooking, or calling Bingo at the Fall Festival. Working in her yard was another way she kept busy even at the age of ninety, much to the chagrin of her children. A woman of many talents, Bulah is best know for her cooking. No one ever left her house hungry. Her genuine servant’s heart shone by cooking for others. Half of Haywood County has received one of her special cakes and, if you were lucky, chicken and dumplings.
Bulah is survived by her son Levoy Castellaw (Ashley) of Brownsville TN; two daughters, Patty Perry (Joe) of Brownsville, TN and Jackie Blankenship (Jim) of Huron, TN. Her treasured grandchildren are Billy (Allison) and Duke (Krista) Kail, Candace Selecman (Wes), Justin Higdon (Nikki), and Marbry and Ben Castellaw. She leaves a legacy of eight great-grandchildren: Ben Harris, Will, Trey, MaLea, and Karson Kail, Ava and Luke Selecman, and Samuel Higdon.
A visitation with the family will be held Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 4-7 pm at Brownsville Baptist Church. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 2 pm in the Brownsville Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Connerley officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Brownsville Baptist Church, PO Box 177, Brownsville, TN 38012. All services and arrangements are under the direction of the Lea & Simmons Funeral Home.