Charles J. Barrios, age 72, passed on Saturday, February 2, 2013 in Baton Rouge, LA. Beloved father of Kim Barrios Elston (Scott Allen Elston, Sr.) Grandfather of Scott Allen Jr. and Triston Charles Elston. Former husband of Miriam Sandoz Barrios, and loving friend of Leslie Bernos Clark. Son of the late Roy Joseph and Amelia Childress Barrios. Brother of Roy J. Barrios, Jr., Thomas W. Barrios and the late Judy B. Moreci.
He was born in New Orleans on February 9, 1940. After graduating from Redemptorist High School in 1958, Mr. Barrios became a Thoroughbred jockey, racing successfully all over the country. He also served in the Army National Guard before working for the Times Picayune in distribution. He later transitioned back to the race track as a Thoroughbred trainer, competing mostly at the Fair Grounds and Jefferson Downs. After leaving horse racing, he worked for the New Orleans Traffic Court and Harrah's Casino until retirement. He will be remembered for his generous heart, perpetual smile, sharp wit, and the ability to bring laughter out of everyone.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 12:00 Noon in the Metairie chapel of THARP-SONTHEIMER-THARP, 1600 N. Causeway Blvd at 43rd St. with Msgr. Ken Hedrick officiating. Same day visitation from 10:00 AM until mass. Condolences may be expressed online at www.tharpsontheimer.com.