Manuel “Manny” E. Herrera, 51, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ early Sunday morning, September 17, 2017 after years of courageously fighting a long-term illness.
Manny was born on Flag Day, June 14, 1966 in Bryan to Manuel and Carolina (Gutierrez) Herrera. The baby of the family, Manny grew up with his big sisters Carol and Pauline taking care of him. Having older sisters he would play with his GI Joe and army men alongside their Barbies. Growing up in a large family, there were always many cousins to play with whom he loved dearly. He loved assisting and learning from his dad as they worked on home repair projects together. At the age of seven, Manny accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. He was a Royal Ambassador at the First Mexican Baptist Church of Bryan where his father was his leader. He enjoyed going to summer camps with the youth and developed many long-term friendships. Manny loved singing, and was a member of the Bryan Children’s Choir with his sisters and cousins. He continued singing in Junior High and was part of the choir at Bryan High School as well. As a freshman, Manny discovered a love for writing poetry and drawing, which he enjoyed until his death. The poems and songs he wrote were inspired by the Holy Spirit of God working through his life in these times of trial. He was a 1984 Bryan High School graduate. He went on to graduate from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a minor in Marketing.
Manny was a fun-loving man who enjoyed making people laugh. He was always cracking jokes and made friends easily. He was close to his family and would often babysit his niece and nephew while he was in college. He was a big fan of sports and his favorite past time was watching his son Caleb play baseball in San Antonio. Until the time his illness made it impossible to work, he was employed at the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind and Vision Impaired at Lackland Air Force Base. He returned home to Bryan to be closer to his supportive family. Since being back in Bryan, Manny and his sister Pauline became interested in their genealogy and spent a lot of time researching their family history and visiting places in Bryan and Bastrop. God was always a big part of his life. One of his last completed projects was helping his mom improve the garden in her front yard. He attended Central Baptist Church, and his faith in God grew even stronger as he dealt with his failing liver and colon cancer. His doctors in San Antonio called him a unique person in that he never complained during this journey and accepted this as the path God had for him. He fought bravely until the very end.
Manny leaves a large family behind: his son Caleb Herrera, Caleb’s mom Cyndi Zaragoza of San Antonio and grandparents Robert and Estela Zaragoza of Del Rio, his parents Manuel and Carolina Herrera, Jr. of Bryan, his sister Carol Colvin of Baytown, his sister and brother-in-law Pauline and James H. Taylor Jr. of Bryan, his nephews James Taylor and wife Brandi of College Station, Jonathan Taylor and wife Kindra of Franklin, Jacob Taylor of Bryan, and Daniel Colvin of Baytown; his nieces Nicole and husband David “Beau” Powers of Angleton, and Katelyn Colvin of Baytown, his 3 great nieces and 4 great nephews and a host of extended family and friends. He will be deeply missed. His family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Challagundla and staff of Texas Oncology of San Antonio, Texas Transplant Institute of San Antonio, Dr. Devulapally, nephrologist, the doctors and nurses at CHI St. Joseph Regional Hospital, and the caring staff at Hospice Brazos Valley. A time for family and friends to gather will be Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10 to 11 AM at Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan. The funeral service will follow immediately at 11 AM, with burial to take place directly after at Bryan City Cemetery. A reception will then take place in the Ibarra Fellowship Hall at First Mexican Baptist Church, 1009 N. Sims Street Bryan, Texas.