Louis Ayala, a Fort Value barber who was honored last year for his 75-year career, has died of problems from COVID-19, his household says.
Ayala began feeling dangerous Jan. 5. He examined optimistic for COVID-19 the subsequent day and was admitted to the hospital, his daughter, Melissa Ayala-Frazier stated. He died Thursday night time at age 90.
Earlier than he contracted the virus, Ayala had been going to a boxing class to combat signs of Parkinson’s illness, which he was identified with in 2018.
His daughter stated Ayala had been displaying important progress in rebuilding his stamina and coordination within the yr he spent within the Punching Out Parkinson’s program established by his nice nephew, two-time boxing champion Paulie Ayala.
“He was the oldest within the class and he had the strongest punch,” Ayala-Frazier stated.
Louis Ayala was deeply rooted in his north Fort Value neighborhood, the place he kickstarted his lengthy profession at 9 years previous shining footwear at a neighborhood barbershop.
At some point, his employer took him downtown to the barber faculty and paid the $100 tuition for Ayala. By the point he was 14 he was going to center faculty by day and barber faculty at night time, Ayala-Frazier stated.
Her father began reducing hair professionally in 1945 when he was 15.
In 1958, he opened Ayala’s Barber Store on North Important Avenue. He stayed on the store till 2019, when he started leasing it to different barbers and joined his spouse, Delia, at her salon on Northeast 23rd Avenue.
In September, the Texas Fee of Licensing and Regulation, which regulates barbers, acknowledged him for his 75th yr within the occupation, and in October, the Fort Worth City Council presented him with a proclamation honoring his service in the neighborhood.
Ayala-Frazier stated that if one thing needed to be completed in his North Aspect neighborhood, her father knew the right way to make it occurred. An avid golfer, Ayala was a member of town’s golf advisory council and labored to assist save the Rockwood Golf Course, she stated.
“He was unstoppable,” she stated. “An unstoppable driving drive.”
Ayala is survived by his spouse, Delia, and 6 kids, Ayala-Frazier, Louis Jr. Ayala, Emily Ayala, Sam Ayala, Melissa Ann Ayala, Melissa Maria Ayala and Cecilia Ayala. He’s preceded in dying by his son Albert Ayala.
His household asks that any donations made in his honor profit Punching Out Parkinson’s.