OBITUARY

Elwaine Barrett

September 4, 1931July 15, 2011

Elwaine Barrett, a very special man, was called home on Friday, July 15, 2011. He was born September 4, 1931 in Madisonville, Texas and died July 15, 2011 in Houston, Texas.

Elwaine was in the automotive business for more than 60 years in Houston and owned and operated Union Motors most of those years. Elwaine was instrumental in helping many car dealers get into the business and was always a willing mentor to anyone who needed help. Elwaine was an active member in local, state, and national car dealer associations where he held various offices. He held many awards for his dedication to his profession. Elwaine was also very active in his community. He was a charter member of the Heights Chamber of Commerce, and as an active member of the Optimist Club he helped start two clubs in Houston.

Twenty-three years ago Elwaine met Shirley Correll, and they enjoyed a wonderful life together that included traveling and enjoying their families and many good friends. Elwaine is preceded in death by his parents, George and Naomi Barrett, brother Danny Barrett, and grandson Chris Barrett. In addition to Shirley, Elwaine is survived by his three children, Barry Barrett and wife Lou, Chuck Barrett; daughter Lovy Fischtziur and husband John; four grandchildren; several great grandchildren; Shirley's children, Shelley Correll, Charles Correll, Jr. and wife Kristen, Julie Russell; Shirley's six grandchildren; brother George Barrett; sisters Joyce Willis, Barbara Halton and husband Dick, Jean Mclamore, Mary Sutton; many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends for visitation on Thursday, July 21st from 6-9 pm at Pat H. Foley Funeral Directors. A service to celebrate Elwaine's life will be held at 11 am on Friday, July 22nd at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 5000 W. Tidwell Rd., Houston 77091. Interment will follow at Resthaven Cemetery. In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in Elwaine’s honor may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Services

  • Funeral Service Friday, July 22, 2011
  • Visitation Thursday, July 21, 2011
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Lewis Wright

January 28, 2012

Mr. Elwaine, I miss you. I was ill with a brain tumor so I was not driving. Found your business card and both numbers were not working. I know you are in heaven, you was one of the best person I have ever met of any race or creed. I enjoyed every visit with you, they were precious time spent. Bless your family and may God and you watch over from them for heaven.

Lewis Wright aka L.W. Auto Broker

Ronda Ann Haltom Walker

July 26, 2011

Elwaine Barrett, I am not happy with your sudden exit. Just so you know, leaving me on the same day I got out of the hospital was crummy. Yet, I understand you didn't want to leave us at all and were not ready to go. Apparently, God had other plans for you that day. He must have decided that you had fought the fight long enough and wanted you to stop hurting, physically. I have to agree with him, there.
Oh, how I loved you! You will forever be in my heart and not far away from my thoughts. I told Nathaniel Barrett Correll to always remember you will be as close to him as his own heart. Anytime he needs you to just picture you and that you will be there to listen and give that same wonderful advice given to the rest of us. "I understand your feelings, do what you must do to care for yourself and your family."
I will miss your laughter, stories and wonderful smile, your close, long never-ending hugs that only ended when I pulled away. That amazing sense of wonder at the miracle of living and joy that we get to experience it together. No one can take away all the memories, the joy, the laughter, the sadness, the sorrow we shared as family. I was a very lucky neice to have you for an uncle.
Just wanted to add a special note for Shirley and her extended family... Thank you for accepting Elwaine into your family and for loving him so, dearly.
Shirley, I want to thank you especially for loving him back to God. I know he never faltered in his trust and love for God, but until you reached out to him he had not had a church home in a very long time. Thank you for giving him that experience we all long for, that sense of belonging to a fellowship of christian believers. What a special gift to share with a husband!
You were his gift and he treasured you so much! We will always love you and our joined families are lucky to have each other.
May God give us all the comfort and peace we need at this time of sorrow, so that we may move on with the remainder of our lives. Give us strength to carry on and continue our paths toward wholeness and perfection in Christ's name. Amen.

Barry Barrett

July 25, 2011

Dad, I will miss you more than I can ever express in words. You were my hero, my mentor and the only person I look up to. I learned every thing I know from you. I'm just sorry we didn't take the time to tell each other how much we loved each other.I Love You Dad.

Bob Byrne

July 22, 2011

Dear Shirley,

Judy and I extend our condolences on your loss. You know how much Elwaine meant to me when I was in Houston. I looked to him for guidance and advice on so many occasions. He was always there for me. Always caring and always willing to offer guidance. It was never condescending or bossy. He was a very special guy. We are thinking of him, you and your family and have you in our prayers.

TIM H

July 22, 2011

MR ELWAINE TAUGHT ME ALOT ABOUT THE CAR BUSINESS,HE WAS MY MENTOR,HE TAUGHT ME TO DO THE RIGHT THING EVEN WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING,IM GOING TO MISS CALLING HIM,AND VISITING WITH HIM AT HIS "LIL TRAILER",I WILL KEEP HIS FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS BECAUSE I KNOW THEY WILL ALSO MISS HIM,FOR HE WAS ONE OF THE GREATIST MEN THAT I EVER KNEW.

Mary (Mullen Ins) Dellos

July 21, 2011

You will be miss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family

July 21, 2011

I have known you for over 60 years. Going to miss you Buddy. We have wonderful memories of all the good times we have had together.
D.T. and Jane Mosley

CINDY STEIN

July 21, 2011

Dear Shirley -
I am a friend of George Barrett, Jr. from a long time ago. I wanted to offer my condolences to you, George and the family for your loss. I had the pleasure of knowing Elwaine back in the 60's and I enjoyed having talks with him while I was waiting for George to finish his work. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Cindy Reed Stein - Laguna Niguel, CA

Charles Correll

July 20, 2011

Charles Correll

July 20, 2011