George L. Barnes
Barnes was well known to anyone who ever went to the Port Aransas post office, where he worked after retiring from the U.S. Army after 22 years of service. He served in Vietnam and was a recipient of the Purple Heart, which is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving with one of the U.S. Armed Services has been wounded or killed, or who has died.
George was born Nov. 19, 1948 in Oakland, Calif. He grew up in California, Japan and, in the seventh grade, moved to the Flour Bluff area of Corpus Christi where he graduated from high school. After retiring from the Army in 1989, he and his family moved to Port Aransas and he started working at the post office with Sandy Allen, who he loved like a sister and fought with like a sister. He came to know many Winter Texans through the post office. They were special to him and he looked forward to seeing them every winter.
His family will tell you that he was a loving husband and father, a good friend to many and always had a smile on his face or a funny comment to make.
George’s passions were playing golf, going fishing, woodcarving and an occasional gambling trip. However, his biggest passion was his family, who say he was the best husband, father, son, brother, uncle and “Pops.”
He was preceeded in death by his father, George Leon Barnes Sr.; his mother-in-law and father-inlaw, J.D. and Edna Mae Littleton; and two brothers-in-law, David Littleton and Donnie Goodwin.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Tootie; two daughters, Kim Smith and Tracey (Johnny) Gaines of Port Aransas; three grandchildren, Cameron Martin, Cole Smith and Hunter Gaines; his mother and step-father, Carolyn and Don Schwab of Las Vegas, Nev.; a sister, Kathy Miller of Las Vegas; four nieces, Erica Miller of Las Vegas, Angie Collins of Corpus Christi, Amanda Broussard of Louisiana and Kendal Miller of Las Vegas; three nephews, Harry Collins of Port Aransas, Brady Littleton of Houston and Andy Goodwin of Port Aransas.
A memorial service was held Monday, June 15, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. His ashes will be spread by his golf buddies over a round of golf and some cocktails at a later date.
Memorials in George’s name may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church Building Fund, 100 N. Station St., Port Aransas, TX 78373, or to the Port Aransas EMS, 710 W. Ave. A., Port Aransas, TX 78373.