John Alvin Castillow

March 24, 1927June 11, 2013
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John A. Castillow, 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jennings, Louisiana. Johnny was born March 24, 1927 in Selma, Alabama to G.J. and Ruby Maples Castillow and was raised in Leakesville, Mississippi.

He entered the U.S. Navy at 17 and spent the last days of World War II in the South Pacific. He attended the University of Mississippi and was a graduate of the Dallas School of Mortuary Science in Dallas, Texas.

Johnny joined the Hixson Funeral Home family in Lake Charles in 1951 as a mortician and funeral director, and later managed the Welsh and Lake Charles facilities. In 1964 he and his family moved to Sulphur where he managed the Sulphur and Vinton funeral homes. Johnny firmly believed that one should give of their time and energies to make their community the best that it can be. He was a member of the West Calcasieu Port Harbor and Terminal District when it was formed in 1964 and served as its president for 20 years. In 1971 he was appointed, by the mayor, to a five man committee to plan a local airport. That airport is now known as Southland Field in Carlyss. Johnny served as chairman of the board for 20 years.

He was a loyal supporter of Sulphur High athletics. Johnny was a member of Sulphur First Baptist Church, a 32nd Mason of the Scottish Rites, Sulphur Love Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, a charter member of the Habibi Shrine Temple, and a member of the York Rite Bodies and the Sulphur Lodge 424 F &AM.

Johnny is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mona Churchwell Castillow of Sulphur, and daughters, Keitha Cryer and husband Steve of Benton, LA and Denise Harper and husband Jess of Lake Charles. He has three granddaughters, Delia Cryer Jeffcoat and husband Jon of Bossier City LA, Ashley Cryer McLean and husband Sohn of Texarkana, AR, Amanda Guillory Cramberg and husband Justin of Sulphur and one grandson, Josh Guillory and wife Lanie of Delcambre, LA; great grandchildren are Colton and Kyle Peveto, Avery Jeffcoat, Macy and Mabry McLean and Cooper Guillory.

Visitation will begin Thursday 5pm-9pm and resume Friday 8am until service time at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10am Friday June 14, 2013 at Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be in Prien Memorial Park Cemetery. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

The family would like to extend their appreciation to all the staff at the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jennings, the Guardian House in Lake Charles, and Stonebridge in Sulphur for the care and concern shown to John and the entire family. A special thanks goes to Harbor Hospice for all of their help and to Dr. Jody George for his guidance, friendship, and concern for the entire family.


  • Visitation Thursday, June 13, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 14, 2013

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Gordon Lovett

June 27, 2013

I remember Mr. Castillow from the early 80's when I was involved in Sulphur High School athletics. He was a very kind man and one I've always remembered all these years. Our prayers are with you.

Jana Churchwell

June 14, 2013

My Dearest Aunt Mona, Denise, Keitha, and extended family, I am so very sad about the loss of Uncle John. I will always think about the kindness he showed toward everyone around him, and what a fun-loving spirit he was while here with us. I honor and respect the fine service he gave to our country. I wish I could have been there with you all today in remembrance. I send my love and heartfelt sympathy~ Blessings, Jana

Terry and ,Lynn Guillory

June 14, 2013

Lynn and I are are deeply sorry for the loss of Pappa John, but take sollice in the fact that we know he is a much better place. Please know that you are in our prayers.

Oliver "Jackson" Schrumpf

June 13, 2013

Mona and family, I have many fond memories of Johnny when we were working together to create the West Calcasieu Airport (now Southland Executive Airport). Johnny was always positive and never wanted to go second class on any decision. He wanted the best for West Calcasieu Port and Airport. He was a blessing to know and work with. He will be missed. Oliver "Jackson" Schrumpf

Dottie & Lex Hubbard

June 13, 2013

Dear Keitha, We are thinking of you and your family.

Fr. Skip Negley, M.S.

June 13, 2013

My condolences and prayers to the family of my dear friend, Johnny Castillow, who taught this very young priest to be on time, to be brief, and (know when) to be gone, at all funerals. May he rest in peace and be eternally at peace in God's Kingdom.

Jim & Sylvia Churchwell

June 13, 2013

We are so very sorry that John is no longer with us in person, but we will remember and celebrate the comfort, fun, and love he shared with all of his family.

We love you, Mona, Denise, Keitha, spouses and children. Wish we could be there.

Pat Vidrine

June 12, 2013

Sorry to hear of Mr. Johnny's passing.. My Dad loved him & visited many times with him at Hixsons. Condolences to all family..