ALICE, Texas – Louis A. Barrera, 66, died April 2, 2011, at a Corpus Christi hospital. Louis was born on June 27, 1944 in Alice, Texas, to Alicia Reyna Barrera and Juan Barrera of Benavides, Texas. After graduating from Benavides High School in 1966, he and his twin brother, Juan, were drafted by the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Contrary to rules, they served together as helicopter door gunners with the 48th Assault Helicopter Unit, known then as the Blue Stars. He served there for 12 months with missions over Phan Rang, Tuy Hoa, Nhan Hoa, Da Nang, Pleiku, Dak To and Marble Mountain. Louis was always very proud of his service to our country.
He served as Deputy Sheriff for Jim Wells County for seven years under the administrations of Charles Harless and Monroe Whitman. He also served as Court Bailiff to the 79th Judicial District Court in Jim Wells and Brooks counties. He was, unfortunately, retired from that job by the federal government. During his lifetime, he also operated businesses in Alice and Houston, Texas. He was preceded in death by his mother, Alicia Reyna Barrera and his father, Juan Barrera; and brothers, Humberto H. Trevino and Juan H. Barrera
He is survived by his twin brother, Juan G. Barrera and his sister-in-law, Olga; his twin daughters, Tabitha Rodriguez (Carmen) of Houston and Theresa Barrera of Alice; his son, Keith O. Barrera of Alice; his grandson and nephew, Kenith R. Barrera and his grandsons, Michael A Barrera and Matthew A. Rodriguez. He is also survived by his sisters, Selma Gonzalez (Hector), Shirley Morris and Jeanette Waters (C. D.) and sisters-in-law, Esterelda Trevino and Virginia Barrera; niece, Roxie (Gabriel) Carrillo and her children, Alexandra and Addison; and nephew, Louis O. Barrera, and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Louis touched the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of people and left many friends who along with his family will remember him with love. He will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at Holmgreen Mortuary. A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, 2011, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Alice. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, April 8, 2011, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Alice Cemetery with military honors conducted by the United Veterans Burial Association of Alice.
Arrangements entrusted to Holmgreen Mortuary, Inc.