OBITUARY

Judge Alfred J. Hernandez Sr.

August 23, 1917September 4, 2010

JUDGE ALFRED J. HERNANDEZ, SR. passed peacefully in the presence of his family on Saturday, September 4, 2010.He was born to Jose Hernandez and Josefina Guzman de Hernandez in Mexico City, D.F., Mexico on August 23, 1917. His family immigrated to Houston in 1921, where he grew up in the old Fifth Ward near downtown Houston, and graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in 1935. Following graduation from high school, he became a watchmaker under his father's tutelage. At St. Patrick's Church, he married Minnie Casas on April 26, 1942. He entered the US Army in 1943 and served during World War II in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and France. Although trained in ordinance, he became an interpreter of Italian and French because of his ability to easily pick up languages. While in service in Italy, he became a naturalized American citizen.On his return to Houston from World War II, he attended the University of Houston and then South Texas Law School at night while engaged in several businesses to support his family. After receiving his law degree, he started his solo practice of law in 1953. In 1960, he was appointed as a judge in the Houston Municipal Courts, making him the first Hispanic to preside as a judge in Harris County since Texas became a state. He continued to serve until 1970. In his later years of practice, he was appointed alternate judge in the Harris County Criminal Courts at Law and in the County Juvenile Courts. He continued to practice law into his 80s.In addition to his legal career, upon his return from the War, he became involved in the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and served in multiple local, state, and national positions. He served as national LULAC Counsel, and was eventually elected as national President of LULAC for three terms. In his work with LULAC, he was instrumental in establishing the "Little School of the 400", which was the basis for the Head Start Program, championed by "Lady Bird" Johnson, and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was invited to the signing of the bill by President Johnson, and dined at the White House. In addition, he was the founder and Chairman of the Board of SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc ., a job opportunities program.He is preceded in death by his father, mother, and his son, John Joseph Hernandez. He is survived by his wife; children Dr. Alfred J. Hernandez, Jr. and wife Kathleen Hernandez, Anna Juarez and fiancé Michael Bowlin; grandchildren Katelena Hernandez Cowles and husband Jay Cowles, Marc Hernandez and wife Angela Milliman, Matthew Juarez, Lucas Juarez, Elizabeth Hernandez; great-grandchildren Emily Torrance, Celia Cowles, Edwin Barnhart, Gabriel Cowles, Eleanor Barnhart, Kyan Hernandez Chen; sisters Hope Holguin, Amelia Mireles; brother Augustin Hernandez; and numerous extended family members.The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Colonial Oaks Assisted Living Facility and Grace Hospice for the loving care they gave to him.The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home with a rosary recited a 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday, September 10, 2010 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 4918 Cochran, Houston, TX 77009. Interment at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, September 9, 2010
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 10, 2010

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Judge Alfred J. Hernandez Sr.

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Cristina Guerra McCoy

October 4, 2010

May his soul rest in peace. Condolences to the entire family. May you all find strength in your deep faith.

emily torance

September 19, 2010

i am his great-granddaughter and i miss him so much he is 1 of my role model. i love you walito. i hope you are happ in hevan and i miss you.

Martha Helston

September 12, 2010

Martha Helston

September 12, 2010

Jimmy Fontenot

September 11, 2010

I married into the family over ten years ago and I have loved that man from the day I met him for the first time. He was a very special person and was devoted to his wife and then to helping people in any way he could. He sent me home the first time with a plant and now I have them all over the yard and on the porch. He can and will never be replaced. May the family know that now he is in heaven and resting very well.

Monica Reyes

September 9, 2010

Judge Hernandez was truly a man of integrity and a wonderful role model. The accomplishments of his life are numerous and inspiring. He and Minnie attended our wedding which shared the date of their anniversary. Minnie said she couldn't think of a more romantic way to spend their anniversary:) They also threw wonderful tamale parties!!! I know Judge Hernandez will be missed by family and friends but the memories he left behind will live on in our hearts and minds:)

Maria/Jesus Lozano

September 9, 2010

One of the things I remember most about Judge Hernandez was the joy he expressed when we would play at the family gatherings. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him as he was loved by all who knew him. God Bless his family during this difficult time as you are in our prayers. Our deepest sympathy to Minnie and the rest of Judge's family.

September 9, 2010

Our prayers and our sincere sympathy to your entire family......may God guide you and help you find peace in this time of sorrow....Sanchez Family(Houston, TX)

Frank Ortiz

September 9, 2010

The Hispanic community has lost another great champion. Judge Alfred Hernandez was a leader of leaders and a friend as no other. "El Indio," as he was called in his younger days by his close friends loved to sing and was a man of high principles. I had the pleasure, privilege and honor of receiving his advise on many occasions while I was a LULAC elected officer.

As much as many of us may miss him, his family without question will miss him more. My condolences and prayers to Mrs. Minnie Hernandez and to the children.

Sincerely,
Frank M Ortiz, Former LULAC National VP-SW and National Treasurer

Family Kriticos

September 9, 2010

You are in our prayers.

The Kriticos Family

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