, Port Arthur, Texas


September 14, 2010

Louis Johnnie "L.J." "Tex" Romero

PORT ARTHUR —    Louis Johnnie “L.J.” “Tex” Romero was born in Port Arthur, TX on February 1, 1930 to Louis L. and Bernice Beard Romero.  He graduated in 1948 from Thomas Jefferson High School where he was a star football player. Tex attended Arkansas State University and graduated in 1952 with a degree in Engineering and a U.S. Army commission.  While at ASU he played football, was an accomplished diver and was a training camp boxing champion.  L.J. had a distinguished military career serving one tour of duty in Korea and two tours in Vietnam.  Along with other military commendations, he received the Bronze Star and retired from active service as a Major on July 31, 1972.

   Louis spent the next thirty-five years in the insurance business earning the professional titles of CLU and ChFC.  He was admired by his peers and respected and trusted by his clients.  L.J. was an enthusiastic Thomas Jefferson Yellow Jacket fan.  He was honored during a halftime ceremony as the school’s number one fan.  He was active in civic groups as a scout leader with the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the North Port Arthur Rotary Club.  During his thirty-five+ years as a Rotarian, he served as President, President-elect, and Secretary-Treasurer. This last office he held for over twenty years.  He was deeply committed to the club’s charitable work, giving at least five Paul Harris Fellows Awards and acting as the Centennial Chairman of Rotary’s Polio Eradication Campaign.

   Louis completed his life’s work on September 10, 2010, passing peacefully from this life to the next. His passing coincided with the fifty-ninth anniversary of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Port Arthur where L.J. was an active parish member.  Over the years, he gave a great amount of his time, talent, and treasure by serving as a member of the Parish Council, the Finance Committee, and the Building Committee.  He also was chairman of the Mardi Gras Committee, worked with the parish’s Bishop’s Faith Appeal and served as an Usher for over thirty years.

   L.J. was preceded in death by his parents, Louis L. and Bernice Romero; his first wife, Fern McGraw Romero; and his second wife, Alberta Bergeron Romero.

   He is survived by his sister, Cecile Romero Leo of Port Arthur; his seven children, Tim Romero and his wife Vickie of Taylor Landing, Chris Romero of Baytown, Kevin Romero and his wife Alison of Sunningdale, England, Lori Romero Smith and her husband Kelly of Canyon Lake, Texas, Anita Romero Coes and her husband Wes of Port Neches, Paul Romero and his wife Stephanie of Beaumont, and Beth Romero Reed and her husband Jon of Port Neches; his seventeen grandchildren, Nicole, Matt, Stacy, Nick, Kristin, Arianna, Shawnna, Jacob, Jessica, Zach, Katharine, Dayne, Olivia, Reese, Kayla, Grace, and Thomas; his four great-grandchildren, Lantz, Logan, Landon, and Brittany; and his last love, Alice Louise Richard of Nederland.

   A gathering of family and friends will take place from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, September 17, 2010 at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 18, 2010 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Port Arthur with Father Stephen McCrate serving as the Celebrant.  A burial with Military Funeral Honors will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Port Arthur.

   Serving as Pallbearers will be Nick Monte, Jon Reed, Wes Coes, Edward Leo, Matt Romero, and Lantz Fountain.  Honorary pallbearers are Jacob Romero, Brian David, and Mike Richard.

   The Holy Bible tells us that each is given an allotted amount of treasure in their life and each will be held personally accountable for how his treasure is spent.  Louis spent each penny of his treasure wisely and we believe GOD our Father will reward him justly. As a loving husband, father, brother, and uncle, as well as a mentor, an admired friend, a respected business associate, and a faithful follower in Christ, he has touched the lives of many who will forever cherish the memory of him. Although he encountered many hardships in his life, L.J. always said, “I’ve lived a really good life.”

   For those unable to attend services you may sign the “Guest Book” at

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