Robert Craig Castello

December 7, 1936 - March 12, 2023

12/07/1936 - 03/12/2023

Past Services

Wednesday March 15, 2023
Highland Memorial Gardens
US 13 South, 109 Ward Road
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Wednesday March 15, 2023
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Funeral Service
Wednesday March 15, 2023
11:00 am
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions

AULANDER, NC – Robert Craig Castello, age 86, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the ECU Health Medical Center of Greenville, NC, with his family by his side.

Mr. Castello was born in Bertie County, NC, on December 7, 1936, a son of the late Zeddie and Lessie Casper Castello. Affectionately known to many as “The Milkman”, Craig worked as a route salesman for Maola Milk for many years, and later as a salesman for N. S. Godwin & Sons.  Craig was a fun-loving man with an infectious smile, that enjoyed life and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Lewis, Sidney, Rudolph, and Carl, and his sister, Frances.

Left to cherish Craig’s memory is his devoted wife, Linda Bland Castello, two daughters, Karen C. Ward and husband, Edward, that Craig considered a son, of Ahoskie, NC, and Debbie C. Daughtry of Greenville, NC; two granddaughters, Meagan Ward and Mallory Ward, both of Greenville, NC; and a brother, Gomer Castello of Aulander, NC.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, from 10:00 am until 11:00 am prior to the services at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC. A celebration of life service will follow at 11:00 am Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 11:00 am at the Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service Chapel. – Ahoskie, NC, with Rev. Matthew Miles, and Cecil Hollomon officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made directly to Powellsville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 5, Powellsville, NC, 27967 or you may donate online by clicking here.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Castello family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Trish Jernigan Carson
11 months ago

I am just learning of Craig’s passing! I am stunned and heartbroken. He and Linda were two of the nicest people I ever knew, and I grew up knowing them and having Debbie as a friend. Craig had a wonderful sense of humor and every time we saw each other we ended up laughing. It was so good to see them at a lot of our family gatherings, and I have always thought the world of them both. Linda, Debbie and Karen, I am so, so sorry for your loss. Your husband/father was such a fine man and he will never be forgotten. God bless you all.

Doug Joyner
1 year ago

Sorry for your loss…May the Lord comfort you through this time….God Bless…

Gail & Allen Holloman
1 year ago

Craig was such a cheerful & sweet man! Never saw him when he wasn’t smiling! I know he dearly loved his family & know all will truly miss him.

Milton and Mary Felton
1 year ago

Karen and Family: Milton and I send our sincere condolences to you during this difficult time. Milton certainly has many, many fond memories of your Dad while working together at NS Godwin. He was a very special person who will definitely be missed.
Hang on tight to all the wonderful memories you created and shared together as a family. God bless you all.

Jackie Godwin
1 year ago

I am so sorry I throughout lot world
Craig we have been good close friend
I went school with his daughter Karen
Good lord blessing for him
I love Castillo family we have live right
Beside them we have good old days
Love his smile telling jokes make me
Laugh. Iam going to miss him

Shirley Williams
1 year ago

One of the best men to ever grace this earth we call home. Such a kind an humble man. In all my years I have never seen him speak a bad word about anyone. I have never seen him where he didn’t wear that beautiful smile on his face. This family has always been special to me and a part of my family. I grew up across the street from the Castello’s many years ago, where I found my childhood best friend Karen. We have remained friends to this day. I will never forget her families kindness, during the passing of my Dad in 2020. My condolences to all of your family. My heart literally breaks for you all. Earths Loss is Heavens Gain! Mr. Castello will be greatly missed, but I will see that wonderful huge smile every time I think of him. May God give you the utmost comfort and peace for your aching hearts, in all of the days and years to come! I ❤️ you all! ??❤️??❤️

Joyce Brantley
1 year ago

I am so sorry. The world has lost a very sweet man. We will keep you all in our prayers.

Sarah Turner
1 year ago

Mr. Craig will be greatly missed, He always had a nice smile and nice things to say about everybody I’ve never heard him say anything bad about anybody I sure miss seeing him. I will keep the family in my prayers Linda pray lot of extra prayers for you, I know what you’re going through and my God comfort you at this special time I love you all and God’s take care of all of you. ??????❤️

shari gibson/tony overton
1 year ago

sending prayers for the family. i had no idea as we saw them often in the stores. i have been fortunate to have known them a long time as Debbie and I are the same age and went to school together. this is so sad. blessings also for Linda and Karen.

Freida Ingram
1 year ago

Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Craig was such a sweet man with the biggest smile for everyone. He will be missed by so many.