Johnny Cantu

Obituary of Johnny Ray Cantu

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Johnny Ray Cantu, 70, of Carrollton, Texas, passed away after a long illness on March 4, 2022 at home. Funeral service will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 1705 E. Peters Colony Road in Carrollton, TX on March 28, 2022 at 11AM with Reverend Father Sushil Tudu officiating. Rosary at 10:30 AM. Burial will take place in Houston. Johnny was born in Houston, Texas to Margerita (Margie) Hernandez on February 27, 1952. He went to high school at Aldine High School and graduated in 1970. He participated in the Houston Grand Opera as an extra working with many top Opera performers. He worked as a draftsmen for Gulf Oil Co., and Turner, Colley & Braden, Inc., all in Houston. He worked for himself, (Professional Graphics), for awhile and during this time he was introduced to shot gunning. He traveled Texas and neighboring states to shoot skeet competitively for Briley Manufacturing. He worked at American Shooting Center and later moved the family to Maryland while employed in the Customer Service Dept. for Beretta USA in Acckokee, MD. He worked in Virginia at the Beretta retail store and eventually moved the family to Dallas, Texas. He was the Firearms Manager at Beretta Gallery/Dallas. Finally, he became Editor of Shotgun Sports Magazine in California in 2005. He always loved, played, and taught tennis every free moment he had and traveled in Texas to compete in many tournaments. He Also received awards for his shooting in NSSA World Skeet Championships, 1986, and in France, 1991 for Team USA, the F.F.T.P. "Flash Cup Completion", Poitiers, France; Silver & Bronze Medalist. Johnny is survived by his wife, Sandra Cucuzza Cantu, his sons David Cantu and Phillip Cantu both of Carrollton, Texas. His sisters Brenda Rice (Travis) of Spring, Texas, Cynthia Thomas (Michael) of Houston, Texas, Deborah Cantu of Huntsville, Texas, brother Jason Cantu (Pamela) of Alvin, Texas, nieces; Sarah Murphy (Patrick) of Spring, Texas, Krista Thomas of Houston, Texas, Randi Radcliffe of Huntsville, Texas and nephews; Cody Thomas of Houston, Texas, Mayson Cantu and Austin Cantu both of Alvin, Texas, Ryan Radcliffe of Huntsville, Texas, grand niece, Sophia Murphy of Spring, grand nephew Kaiden Murphy of Spring, Texas and long time Aldine High School friend, Tommy Lazrine of The Woodlands, Texas. He is preceded in death by father Alcario Adam Cantu, mother Margie Hernandez Cantu, grand-parents Jesus Hernandez, Beatrice Hernandez Draeger, Crisoforo Cantu and Olivia Delgado Cantu, grand nephew Christopher Boutte and many Uncles, Aunts, and cousins.
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