Fernando Vela

Fernando Vela
September 20, 2004 - February 23, 2019

Fernando Vela
A viewing will be held at Hilliard Funeral Home on Thursday morning, February 28, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Rosary will begin at 12 p.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church in Canton. Mass will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at St. Therese Catholic Church in Canton, with Father Selvaraj Sinnappan officiating. The graveside service will be held at Prairie Springs Cemetery in Ben Wheeler following the service.
Fernando Vela was born September 20, 2004 in Tyler, Texas. He had been a resident of Ben Wheeler all of his life. He was an 8th grade student at Van Junior High. He played football for VJH, and also played soccer. He was loved by his family, friends, teammates, teachers and coaches. He was Catholic by faith, and attended Van UMC youth group.
Fernando was in an unexpected car accident and passed away at the age of 14 on February 23, 2019. His cousin and best friend, Jesus "Chuy" Mendieta, died by his side.
Fernando is survived by his parents, Hollie & Jaime Vela of Ben Wheeler; siblings, David Vela, Jaime Vela, Hannah Vela (and fiance Juan Carlos), Martha Vela, and Jose Vela; nephew, Lucas Vela; grandparents, Brenda Ramirez, Leopoldo Reyes, Gracela Munoz and Ignacio Vela; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.