M. John Guillory, Jr., 74, of Diamondhead, Mississippi died peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. John was born July 24, 1946 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was raised and attended Goodwood Elementary (c/o 1960), Baton Rouge High School (c/o 1964), and Louisiana State University (c/o 1969). At LSU, he gained his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering along with a lifelong obsession with LSU football. After graduating from LSU, John spent his career making important contributions in the field of chemical manufacturing, the majority of his career spent at Ciba Specialty Chemical (formerly Ciba-Geigy) in Macintosh, Alabama until he retired from his role of Production Manager in 2001. John was a ninth-generation son of Louisiana. Only one generation removed from the town of Ville Platte, he embodied the town's renowned love of music and cajun cuisine. He applied his innovative nature and pursuit of perfection to every area of interest in his life, which included cooking five star-worthy cuisine to perfecting the sound quality of his massive music collection with hand-built stereo equipment. He delighted in sharing the fruits of these enthusiasms with others. In retirement, he enjoyed volunteering his time to those in need. He served as a child advocate through CASA, giving comfort and a voice to children in difficult circumstances. He assisted in FEMA's disaster recovery efforts through multiple hurricanes, again helping people in the hardest times of their lives. He was an active member of his church and several local clubs, and served his children and grandchildren in innumerable ways. The family invites those that wish to celebrate his life to a memorial service on Saturday, July 24, 2021 from 2:00 pm at the LSU Alumni Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor John's memory may donate to the M John Guillory Jr STEM LAB at Bright Beginnings Academy School for Gifted Dyslexic Children. Tax-deductible donations can be made to @brightdyslexics on PayPal or by mail to 3590 Pleasant Valley Rd, Mobile, AL 36609.
Published by The Advocate from Jun. 26 to Jul. 24, 2021.
John and I maintained our long distance friendship and continued to occasionally join up for LSU home football games up until COVID19. John was a great friend at Westdale Jr High, BRHS, and LSU. We had many adventures together and John spent a lot of time at my house. He was my wedding photographer in 1968.
We drifted apart after LSU with John going into chemical engineering in Alabama and me flitting around the World playing Air Force pilot. Over the years we played together, dated together, and our families occasionally vacationed together.
John was a great friend, a gentle soul, and incredibly loyal to friends and family.
I'll miss you John - rest well my friend.