Lifelong Brady resident Paul Alarcon Hernandez, 50,
died Sunday, Oct. 17 at his residence after a lengthy illness.
Funeral services under the direction of Leatherwood
Colonial Funeral Homes will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 at the
First Baptist Church in Brady with Col. Bill Libby officiating. Burial will
be Thursday, Oct. 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in
Born on Sept. 30, 1949, in Brady to Jose G. and
Carolina Alarcon Hernandez, he married Suzanne Tisdale on April 2, 1987.
He was a graduate of Brady High School, he attended
Angelo State University and was a retired United States Marine.
After being wounded and paralyzed in Vietnam in
1971, he eventually returned to Brady where he became a prominent figure in
the local community. He was active in community affairs and served on
numerous boards and committees.
He was a member and past Master of the Brady Masonic
Lodge where he was a 32nd Degree Mason, he was a Scottish Rite member and
member of the Suez Shrine Temple, a past member of the American Legion and
was twice Commander of the Burton Kyle McCord VFW Post #3234.
Hernandez was very active in local schools and was a
trustee of the Texas Association of School Boards for six years and was a
School District board member for nine years.
He was appointed by Gov. Ann Richards to the State
Job Training Coordinating Council for three years, he received a lifetime
appointment by Gov. Mark White to the committee for the Accessibility for
the Handicapped and was a lifetime member of the Military Order of the
Purple Heart Association.
He was the recipient of several military honors
including the Navy Achievement Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action
Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam
Pallbearers are Bob O'Malley, Rocky Jay, Jim
Wallace, Glenn Trimble, Ron Smith and Bob Pina.
Honorary pallbearers are the U.S. Marine Corps,
Brady Independent School District board members and members of the Burton
Kyle McCord VFW Post #3234.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one
brother, Armando Hernandez.
He is survived by his wife, Suzanne of Brady; a son,
Erik Dylan Hernandez of Brady; three brothers, Bill Hernandez of Corpus
Christi, Ed Hernandez of Brady and Joe Hernandez of Burnet; a sister,
Mariana Hernandez of New Jersey, and two grandchildren, Jordan Hernandez and
Memorials can be made to the Paul Hernandez Middle
School Memorial Fund or the San Antonio chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of