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Stephen
Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 7:51 am:   

At the moment, info is scanty. Please return later for updates, This is all I have so far...

"...May 2th 2007
Dear Stephen,
This is just to let you know that Roy Castleberry died today at approx 1:45 after a short hospitalization.
Peace, Deb King..."

Any further information would be welcome.

I have created a page for Roy on the obits section of the site.
Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
Username: Admin

Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 8:04 am:   

(Posted on behalh pf Jim Pallas)...
It was a shock to hear the death of Roy Castleberry.
Roy lived with his wife, Chris, on Cass down near Willis in the corridor. My wife, Janet, and I had moved from 4th and Forest to Highland Park with our infant son. I met Roy when we were both in the 1972 Annual Michigan Artists show at the Detroit Institute of Arts. He called me and said the director, Willis Woods, removed two photographs from the show because an Arts Commission member was offended by them. One was a photo of a vandalized lavatory on Belle Isle. If one looked closely one could make out the word "fuck" scrawled among the graffiti. The other was of a man starting to unzip his fly. I forget the names of the photographers. Roy was organizing a protest against this interference. Suzanne Hillberry was the curator of Modern Art at the time and was powerless in the face of the director and commission member. Roy, I and several other artists in the show went to a meeting with Director Woods. He said the board member, who was not named, gave him an ultimatum: Remove the two works or he would write the D.I.A. out of his will. Woods said that he was against censorship, that he respected that the artists would do what we had to do, but that, for the good of the museum, he was removing the photos. Many of us, including Roy pulled our works from the show.

Years later, Roy called me up and said he was tired of being poor. Sign painting and selling an occasional drawing just didn’t cut it. He said he was thinking about selling beads.
I said, "That's crazy, Roy. You can't make any money selling beads. They're just a...."
I was about to say, " temporary fad," but I started rummaging through my scant knowledge of recent fashion and then not-so-recent fashion. Beads are there. I remembered that Manhattan Island was supposed to been traded for a couple of trunks of beads and that much Native American energy went into beaded articles while Victorian ladies appliquГ©d beads on their dresses, shoes and bags. Beads were traded for slaves in Africa. I recalled that cowry shell beads became more valuable the farther from the seashore that they were traded and that this principle of distance increasing the value of beads still prevailed. The longer I thought about it, the more I realized the desire for beads was universal and constant.
Roy knew all this and more.
He and Chris scraped a little money together and started Beada Beada. They did quite well. If you went into their little shop, Roy would educate you about any of the hundreds of beads they stocked, their history, their meaning and their use. He would explain which ones went together and why. He would show you how to string them in multiple strands and finish the clasp. He would teach you how to attach pendants. He could answer any question and if he couldn't, he could the next time you came in. But he had a strict policy: he would not string a bead himself!
In a few years Roy was complaining about taxes. He said he was paying more that year in taxes than he made in a ten years as an artist. He went wholesale Internet mail order. In Asia he was wined, dined and feted royally as the big bead buyer from America.
Under his influence, I started using beads in my sculptures whenever I could. In 1978, he donated the blue and white "good fortune" beads that rode atop the inflating tubes in my NorthCourt TubeDance at the D.I.A. and sold me the clear Austrian crystal beads that adorned my "Self-portrait with Beads" in the same show.
Roy also gave me the address of Ray Johnson's Buddha U. when I started doing mail art which started a series of mail art exchanges culminating in my ill fated Hitch Hiker of Ray.
When Roy got heavy into beads, he told me he stopped making the beautiful sensuous drawings of nudes that he called "flesh art" or any other art. I always wondered if that was true. Could a talented sensitive artist simply walk away from it cold turkey?
Roy was smart, aware and often had a unique perspective on things. The community is poorer at his passing.

Jim Pallas


Anne
Posted on Wednesday, June 06, 2007 - 9:19 pm:   

I met Roy a couple of years ago when I started working at a place he frequented. He was warm and friendly, and I was always happy to see him come in the door.
He was bright AND funny AND kind. I will miss that sweet smile, his interesting observations, his fresh and witty commentary. What a clever and cool guy. Thinking of him...
Tom Karsiotis
Posted on Sunday, September 02, 2007 - 2:42 am:   

Roy, Dave Opatik and I had a sign painting company (Spiffy Signs) located above the Song Shop on Cass. Our specialty was those large Day-Glo price signs for the gas wars of the 1970's. I believe that Roy and David were the inventors of those signs. The signs faded quickly and we spent the summer months repainting them on location. The photo (if I figure out how to upload it) is of Roy And Dave sitting next to one of the 2's that had recently been painted. The photo is blurry but I was drinking the same stuff that Roy and dave were . Roy was a great friend and I'll miss him.
Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
Username: Admin

Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2007 - 10:13 am:   

Love to place the photo - read help/instructions at bottom of this page - and please sent it!
You can send it via email too, with attachment
Douglas Peterson
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 12:30 pm:   

I just came upon this site today and found the announcement of Roy's death. I'm very late to the memorial service, but wanted to say that Roy and I were classmates at WSU's art department. We were both drawing majors and had numerous life drawing and sculpture classes together.

Roy was always affable even in the face of adversity. I remember him walking the halls with an orange in his hand, a remedy to balance his blood sugar level as he battled diabetes.

I remember his large conte crayon nudes and a couple of sculptures, too, but I most remember the smile on his face and bottomless enthusiasm about his projects. We had a lot of fun together in those years.

Rest well, Roy.
Janice Coffey
Posted on Sunday, December 06, 2009 - 2:07 pm:   

I just ran across this site, and didn't know that Roy had passed away. I went to High School with Roy and Dave Opatik. The last time I saw Roy was in the 70's, he was teaching a class at Macomb Community College. I was so sorry to here of his passing.
Doyle Couch
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2010 - 6:18 am:   

Well, I went to Lincoln High School with Roy. He taught me to stop dressing like a hillbilly! He introduced me to some very pretty girls. Hustled me at golf, introduced me to various illegal drugs, and after graduation we went on a grear road trip to Kentucky. The Most Fun With Your Clothes On!! I'm sorry he's gone. He was a great dancer and always smooth with the girls, and a superb pool player..... Roy was my hero!
Doyle Couch
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2010 - 10:17 am:   

Well, I went to Lincoln High School with Roy. He taught me to stop dressing like a hillbilly! He introduced me to some very pretty girls. Hustled me at golf, introduced me to various illegal drugs, and after graduation we went on a great road trip to Kentucky. The Most Fun With Your Clothes On!! I'm sorry he's gone. He was a great dancer and always smooth with the girls, and a superb pool player..... Roy was my hero! And the only thing I ever beat him at was Senior Class President! He finally forgave me!
Jim Laethem
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2010 - 12:06 pm:   

Roy was a friend and neighbor during Junior High and High School days. We were the original 8 Mile road kids. Ahead of his time in many arenas, Roy had a unique mind and soul. I am very sad to have found out so late. The years have spread his friends and influences far and wide. I recall the emergency trip he had to the hospital that introduced all to the word "Diabetes". Our last meeting was at a Lincloln HS Alumni dance circa 1984 but we had the odd chat on the phone until my move to Europe. Yeah, I really loved my old friend and cherish the memories!!! Thanks for passing this info to me Doyle.
bugsBeddow
Posted on Saturday, July 03, 2010 - 1:03 am:   

Roy was a fixture at Sindbad's and always had a kind word and a smile when the bugs Beddow band came to play. See you on the other side, Roy!
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Jane Andrews
Posted on Sunday, March 06, 2011 - 10:15 pm:   

roy67.jpg

I came across this cool photo of Roy and thought I would share, Roy was not only a very dear friend and mentor to me, his guidance was pivotal in getting me on the right track to my career as a massage therapist. Always an inspiration, the darkest corners of life, or "life, love and the arts",as Roy often referred to, were suddenly well lit when a conversation with him was had. I will never forget him, think of him often, and miss him to this day.
Lucka
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2011 - 2:22 pm:   

AFAICT you've cvoered all the bases with this answer!
Henrietta
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2011 - 9:20 pm:   

None can doubt the veracity of this artcile.
Nelda
Posted on Friday, July 08, 2011 - 10:45 am:   

Great stuff, you hleepd me out so much!
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Posted on Monday, September 10, 2012 - 10:53 pm:   

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Posted on Monday, September 10, 2012 - 11:10 pm:   

Yah, Amanda has lots of amazing glass and metal and jewrley designs to share with us in California and online in her shop. Make it a point to stop by her Etsy shop and Beads on Main. You don't want to miss this. Cherrie
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Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 6:53 am:   

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