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.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on July 20, 2011