JOEL ENRIQUE VELEZ, age 91 of Jemison, went home to be with the Lord on December 22, 2019. He passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family during the last days of his life. He was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador on December 11, 1928; the son of the late Plutarco Velez and the late Zoila Sanchez Velez.
Joel, better known as “Kike” to his family, was a man of great faith and commitment to family. He will always be remembered as a man who loved the Lord and taught his family to do the same.
He is survived by: Loving Wife of 67 years, Vilma A. Naula of Jemison; Daughter, Liliana (James) Newell of Jemison; Daughter, Elsye Velez of Jemison; Son, Javier (Lynn) Velez of Coral Springs, FL; Daughter, Marcela (Michael) Hannon of Alabaster; Daughter, Vilma (Paul) Mallory of Smithfield, NC; 14 Grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 2:00pm from the Chapel of Ellison Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Jason Green officiating.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Burial will follow in the Chilton Memorial Gardens in Clanton, AL.
A reception will follow the committal service at The Inn of Clanton located at 946 Lake Mitchell Road in Clanton.
Final care and arrangements entrusted to the Ellison Memorial Funeral Home of Clanton, AL.
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