Ter­rance Casey re­called as joy­ful, deeply re­li­gious

Baltimore Sun - - DEADLY BUS CRASH - By Ian Dun­can idun­can@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/idun­can

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.”

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