Janna Castleberry Foshee

Published 2:45 pm Monday, February 14, 2022

Janna Castleberry Foshee, 67, of Red Level passed away Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, with her loving family and friends by her side.

She is survived by: her three children, Margo McIntyre (Brad) Sharpless, Megan McIntyre (Jason) Sasser, and Marcus McIntyre; mother, Janice Castleberry; one brother, Jeff (Dottie) Castleberry; grandchildren, Mitchell Parker Sasser, Marley McIntyre, and John Holland Sharpless; and step children, Jennifer Lea Foshee and William Bradley Foshee.

Janna Castleberry Foshee

She is preceded in death by her infant son, McIntyre; father, Johnny Castleberry; grandparents, Turner Drayton Castleberry, Ethel Lee Castleberry, Olin Thomas Eiland, and Bonnie Lee Eiland.

Janna was born in Oxford, England on Nov. 28, 1954, to Johnny and Janice Castleberry. She came home to Alabama when she was six months old. She was a 1973 graduate of Red Level High School, where she continued many esteemed and intimate friendships with classmates.

Janna’s extraordinary skill as a pianist allowed her the opportunity to play for Buck Creek Baptist Church from a very young age. The faithful members were blessed with her piano playing for over 50 years of worship until January of 2019. There were many who would call upon Janna to play in their absence for other congregations.

Janna was always a faithful member of the Lord’s church, Christian servant, and a gracious host. She delighted everyone into her home, where all would be served and loved from the heart. Her greatest joy was being a mother to her three children, Margo Sharpless, Megan Sasser, and Marcus McIntyre, and her grandchildren, Mitchell Sasser, Marley and Land Sharpless.

Janna has many fond memories of the family farm. Her home is a reflection of times past and present. Swinging on her granny’s front porch, riding bikes on the dirt road, riding her horse, Princess, and many family gatherings with the Castleberry family were so special to her.

Above the mantle hangs an oil portrait. Around a curve, and up a clay colored road, is a home that sits on a hill. The sun can be seen setting in the west, casting its light through the windows, giving the ones within a sense of warmth and contentment. The careful thought put into every architectural detail is evident. It is strategically situated with fields of green to the left, and an old barn nestled in its place to the right. Granny’s little home sits close by. She positioned her kitchen window to reflect on the fond memories of a little girl sitting in the swing, dreaming of a home filled with laughter and love. It is where Janna knew would be her home. The home in the portrait where loved ones would be cherished.

A last of the many Thanksgiving meals were served in the kitchen. So much time and care had been put into the arrangement of serving pieces that would hold the meal for her family. Her hands prepared the recipes to which she had studied prior. Entering from the side courtyard, loved ones would be met with an aroma of labored love. She welcomed them in to fill her home with voices of laughter and conversation. Every holiday, every occasion, and every event would be planned and adorned with her talent of entertaining. To her, a home was made by the souls within its walls, and the love in her heart she could give them while there. She lived her joy of inviting people in and loving them with the love of the Lord.

May her children and loved ones remember that each morning is better with a fresh pot of coffee, thoughts of being welcomed home, and a devotion of living an eternal life with the Lord.

You have been loved.

Friends are welcome to attend a viewing from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Buck Creek Baptist Church, with the funeral at 2 p.m. The graveside ceremony will be at Buck Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers friends are welcome to make a donation to Buck Creek to the Children’s Ministry Program.