Forbes said Casey didn't believe in divorce and would often have couples reconciling by the time they left his courtroom.
"He was very friendly. If he hated you, he was nice and polite and he said nice things to you. If he liked you, he said nice things to you and was polite - you never really knew where he stood," Forbes said. "He had his own style."
Retired Charleston attorney Bill Mohler recalled Casey being a storyteller.
"He was a great talker," Mohler said. "A lot of times a trial would be delayed while he finished up his story with the jury."
Mohler represented the judge in a 1991 murder case where the judge was requested to recuse himself, after public defenders said he had unnecessary comments regarding the defendant's request for a change of venue.
"I thought that was a compliment," Mohler said of the judge choosing him as his attorney. "He was a Democrat and I'm a Republican but he didn't hold that against me," he said with a laugh.
"He was a good judge, fair. I tried a lot of cases before a lot of judges and every now and then they'd hold me in contempt, but he never did."
"Judge Casey was the epitome of a circuit judge," County Commissioner Hoppy Shores said in Thursday's news release. "He wanted to make sure he understood all sides of a case and applied the law as accurately and fairly as possible to make sure all parties involved received a just verdict."
Commission President Kent Carper said in the release that he often called Casey for advice on legal matters.
"He was a tremendous person who was always so giving of his time and talents. He was a great role model for all public servants," Carper said.
A viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home in Charleston. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral.
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