OBITUARY

Ronnie Glen Barra

May 10, 1937July 23, 2018
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Dr. Ronnie Glen Barra passed away on July 23rd, 2018 in his home in Nacogdoches, TX after a valiant battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Ronnie received his Bachelor’s degree from Lamar University, a Master’s from Stephen F. Austin State University, and attended L.S.U for his PhD in Kinesiology. Ronnie also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

A dedicated father, Ronnie spent many years at ball fields and theaters supporting his children while they pursued their respective passions.

During his 46 years as a professor and graduate program leader in the Kinesiology Department at SFASU he made lasting connections with many students and colleagues. While he remained humble about his contributions to the university, perhaps one of his most his most treasured accomplishments was as one of the founding fathers of the NBA, the Noon Ball Association, a faculty basketball game held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday since the 1970’s. Even after his retirement, Dr. Barra continued to participate.

He is preceded in death by his mother Margaret Mayo, stepfather and dear friend Vernon Mayo, his father Charles Barra, and his sister Marjorie Mayo.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Cathy Barra, daughter Stacie Barra, son-in-law Anthony Tournis, son Bradley Barra, sister Lisa Juneau, and granddaughter Greer Tournis.

Very special thanks to Dr. Aaron Polk, Jhun Maulion, The Hospice of East Texas, and friends and family who paid him visits.

A memorial reception will be held, Saturday, August 11, 2018, from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM, at the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Regents Suite A, Stephen F. Austin State University, on the second floor.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to The Hospice of East Texas. www.hospiceofeasttexas.org

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  • He is preceded in death by his mother Margaret Mayo, stepfather and dear friend Vernon Mayo, his father Charles Barra, and his sister Marjorie Mayo.

    He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Cathy Barra, daughter Stacie Barra, son-in-law Anthony Tournis, son Bradley Barra, sister Lisa Juneau, and granddaughter Greer Tournis.

Services

  • Memorial Reception Saturday, August 11, 2018
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Rick Morris

August 4, 2018

Ronnie was one of my favorite people. I took classes from him almost 40 years ago at SFA and then was fortunate enough to play with him in Noon Ball for 30 years. One of the kindest people ... never in a skirmish or a bad word about anyone. He was an expert on the rules of the game ... anyone had a rule question, everybody would always ask Ronnie. He impacted and touched so many lives ... his family should be proud. I’m lucky and better to have known him. He will always be remembered and terribly missed. Bless Ronnie Cathy, Brad, and Stacy!

Gordon Graves

August 2, 2018

Ronnie was a strong, classy guy. I had him for some courses at what was then SFA State College. I had a lot of interactions with him as a member of the Intramural Staff, and played against him and other profs when the faculty had teams. He was amazing in that he wasn’t very tall or blazingly fast, but somehow he got the ball in the bucket. And as I got to know him later, his wit came thru more.
I’m sad for those of us at NoonBall who never knew him. He was the real deal. I’m thankful for his influence in my life.

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Biography

Dr. Ronnie Glen Barra passed away on July 23rd, 2018 in his home in Nacogdoches, TX after a valiant battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Ronnie received his Bachelor’s degree from Lamar University, a Master’s from Stephen F. Austin State University, and attended L.S.U for his PhD in Kinesiology. Ronnie also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

A dedicated father, Ronnie spent many years at ball fields and theaters supporting his children while they pursued their respective passions.

During his 46 years as a professor and graduate program leader in the Kinesiology Department at SFASU he made lasting connections with many students and colleagues. While he remained humble about his contributions to the university, perhaps one of his most his most treasured accomplishments was as one of the founding fathers of the NBA, the Noon Ball Association, a faculty basketball game held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday since the 1970’s. Even after his retirement, Dr. Barra continued to participate.

He is preceded in death by his mother Margaret Mayo, stepfather and dear friend Vernon Mayo, his father Charles Barra, and his sister Marjorie Mayo.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Cathy Barra, daughter Stacie Barra, son-in-law Anthony Tournis, son Bradley Barra, sister Lisa Juneau, and granddaughter Greer Tournis.

Very special thanks to Dr. Aaron Polk, Jhun Maulion, The Hospice of East Texas, and friends and family who paid him visits.

A memorial reception will be held, Saturday, August 11, 2018, from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM, at the SFA Student Center, Regent Suite A, on the second floor.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to The Hospice of East Texas. www.hospiceofeasttexas.org