James Langley Castle

Published 5:10 pm Friday, December 22, 2023

James “Jimi” Langley Castle, 71, husband of Shelly Hunter Castle, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at his home. A native of Winchester, Kentucky, he was born on August 30, 1952, to the late Lindle Castle and Billye Haggard Palmer. He was a member of Central Baptist Church.

Jimi retired after 27 years of service in Daviess and Clark County Schools teaching General Science, Biology, Astronomy and Ornithology. He was a member of the National Education Association, Kentucky Retired Teachers Association, and multiple times voted “Teacher of the Year” by his students. Jimi was proud to be honored as a Kentucky Colonel. He was also a fanatical University of Kentucky Basketball fan! Friends will remember him as an accomplished diver, musician, disc jockey, band member, and owner of “Sound Experience” (his record store and DJ company). Jimi was a DJ for years for events, weddings, parties, and “any reason to party!” Jimi designed, supervised, and constructed his own Geodesic dome house with the help of his friends and family, which served as a wonderful home and gathering place. Jimi’s passionate interests made him a positive influence on all who knew him.

Jimi’s hobbies included birdwatching, tracking celestial phenomena, rock wall construction, and record collecting. Traveling in Mexico, Jimi developed a love of Tequila. He played the “Macarena Song” long before other DJs.

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In addition to the love of his life for 48 years, Shelly, he is survived by five siblings, Tammy (Dwain) Horn, Lorah Palmer, Lisa Bowen, Terry (Gary) Gupton, and Jan Hatcher; Erika (Sean) O’Brien, niece, who was more like a daughter; special cousin, JoEllen Reed; niece, Aja Croteau; grand niece and nephew, Ella Shea O’Brien and Hagan O’Brien; stepfather, E. Deane Palmer; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike (Debbie) Hunter, Kippy (Garry) Gille, Susan (Dan) Schulze, and Steve (Tina) Hunter; many great nieces, nephews, and extended family members. He also leaves behind his beloved pets, Presley, Rosco, Mater, and Tater Tot.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM, Thursday, December 28, 2023, at the Leon Pace Memorial Chapel, Scobee Funeral Home, 219 West Lexington Ave., Winchester, until time of service at 2:00 PM. A burial will follow in the Winchester Cemetery at the Layne Shelter, 625 West Lexington Ave., Winchester.

Pallbearers will be Rollin Puckett, Rob Coney, Glenn Baetens, Sean O’Brien, Hagan O’Brien, Dwain Horn, Louie Kopp, and Ronnie Begley.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dave Griffin, Larry Jefferson, Clay Wills, Herb Goodman, Mike Hunter, Steve Hunter, Garry Gille, Dan Schulze, Mark Hensley, Bruce Reck.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorials to be directed to the Clark County Animal Shelter, 5000 Ironworks Road, Winchester, KY 40391, Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, 400 Professional Avenue., Winchester, KY 40391, or Lutheran Hour Ministries, 660 Mason Ridge Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141.