Timoteo Castro, Sr. of Brownsville, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at the age of 86. After several months of declining health, Timoteo died peacefully at Ebony Lakes Nursing Home.
Timoteo was born in Brownsville on October 21, 1934, to mother Porfiria Castro. Timoteo developed his strong work ethic at an early age, baking in a local panadería as well as delivering papers for the Brownsville Herald. As a teenager, he ran track and played baseball; he would later be a driving force in developing baseball players and teams at Ringgold Park in Brownsville.
Timoteo finished his education in the military, serving in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years. He was first stationed in Warner Robins, Georgia, where he met his first wife. His first deployment was to Germany where he represented the USAF on their soccer team and was able to play all over Europe. His service in the military was one of his proudest accomplishments.
After retiring from the Air Force, he served as a paralegal and immigration specialist for Georgia Legal Services in Tifton, Georgia. He worked tirelessly to assist others during his tenure with legal services and continued to freelance in Dalton, Georgia, upon his retirement from legal services.
Throughout his lifetime, he stayed connected to the world of sports by serving as an official for almost every sport. He headed the Gold Leaf Officials Association in Tifton, Georgia, and was head official for numerous sports, including football, baseball, soccer, basketball, and wrestling. He was well-known for his leadership and tenacity on the fields and on the mat.
Eventually, he returned to his beloved Brownsville in 2013. Although it had changed a great deal since his childhood, he enjoyed walks in Ringgold Park with his wife and visiting the veteran’s memorial at the library where he and others were honored for their service.
His children remember him as a man who valued God, family, respect, and education. He encouraged hard work and tenacity in all of them.
Timoteo was preceded in death by his mother and by his grandson, Matthew Castro. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Dora Castro of Brownsville; his former spouse and mother of five children Daisy Castro of Kennesaw, Georgia; children Timothy Castro, Jr. (Katie), Marie Bruner (Ken), Belinda Pieper (Joel), José Castro (Britanny), Benjamin Castro (Meghan), and Joseph Castro; grandchildren Timothy Castro, III (Lindsey), Rachel McLawhon (Kyle), Stephanie Medina (Andretti), T.J. Castro, Bethany Poplin (Hunter), Aaron, Bruner (Katie), Joseph Pieper, Ashley Pieper, Heather Pieper, Naaman Castro, Gideon Castro, and Elias Castro; and great-grandchildren Maddie Castro, Jackson Castro, Ryder Castro, June Castro, Ava Castro, Ethan McLawhon, Graysen McLawhon, Jordan McLawhon, Emilio Medina, Canyon Poplin, Avonlea Poplin, Deaglan Bruner, Bodie Bruner, and Wally Bruner.
A visitation for Timoteo is planned for Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 4 pm to 9 pm. The visitation will be at the Garza Memorial Funeral Home on 1025 E Jackson St, Brownsville, TX with a graveside service on June 30, 2021 at Buena Vista Burial Park in Brownsville.
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