Lifenotes: Ramsey Casteel

Ramsey Casteel

Ramsey Casteel, an associate manager at Mike Robertson Management, passed away in his hometown Dallas on February 3, 2011. He was 29 and had fought courageously through an 18-month battle with cancer.

Friends and family say he was blessed with support and kindness throughout the illness, which he faced with patience, courage and dignity.

Casteel was born on March 30, 1981 in Dallas. His career in the music business began as a high school intern at 99.5/The Wolf. In 2003, Ramsey graduated cum laude from Belmont University with a music business degree. He also interned at MCA Records, and management companies Force, Inc. and The Firm. He eventually joined Force, Inc., and then later worked at William Morris Agency.

According to friends, working on Music Row was a dream come true for Casteel, and the result of his diligent study and hard work. He was easygoing with a love of country music, animals and travel.

Ramsey is survived by his mother, Caroline Burk Casteel; father, Frederick R. Casteel; sister, Catherine Casteel Olasky and brother-in-law Peter L. Olasky.

Services will be held in Dallas on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Highland Park United Methodist Church, where he was a member.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Ramsey Casteel Memorial Fund at Regions Bank, 1600 Division St., Nashville, TN 37203. This fund will be used to support his love of animals and music business education.


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