Terrance Casey recalled as joyful, deeply religious
Dorisell Casey sat at her kitchen table Wednesday with an open Bible in front of her so she’d be ready when God sent her the inspiration for a passage to preach on at her husband’s funeral.
Terrance Casey, 52, was killed in the bus crash Tuesday morning. His wife saw news of the crash and suspected that her husband of some 15 years might have been on board, heading out to look for work or meet friends along the route.
Dorisell Casey spent Tuesday calling his phone over and over. She also dialed around to hospitals, seeking some information.
It was late in the evening when police officers told her that Casey had been killed.
Terrance Casey’s son, Curtis Letterlough, said his father had been raised in Park Heights. Letterlough called Casey “strong, family-oriented, funny, hardworking, always in a good spirit.”
“He was very animated,” Letterlough said, “taking situations and finding the humor in it.”
Letterlough said his father always met him with an “explosive greeting,” and was ready with offers of food and hospitality. He loved ribs, chicken and any kind of smoked meat.
While Letterlough shared memories in the front room, Dorisell Casey retreated into the kitchen of her home in Pleasant View Gardens.
Asked if preaching at her husband’s funeral would be the hardest sermon she had delivered, she said no. She also preached when her son was shot dead last year.
Religion was a big part of Terrance Casey’s life. Dorisell Casey said she he met her future husband when he was working as a security guard, and they started going to church together.
Terrance Casey had been a volunteer minister at Restoration Community Church and Ministries in East Baltimore for several years.
The Rev. Bernard Smith, the church’s pastor, remembered Casey as humble, softspoken and knowledgeable about the Bible. Casey worked on outreach projects with homeless people for the church.
“He really had a heart and big concern and compassion for the less fortunate,” Smith said.
“It’s just heart-wrenching,” Smith said. “He was a young man, great potential and he had great vision as to working in the Kingdom of God.”