A prayer service is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2012, at Church on the Move for Manuel Avelar Jr. “Gabriel,” 34, who passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2012, in Clovis. A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, June 1, 2012, at Church on the Move, with the Rev. Troy Smotherman officiating. Burial will follow in South Park Cemetery.
Manuel was born Feb. 12, 1978, in Roswell, to Manuel and Judy Fresquez Avelar Cruz.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Ariela Mia Avelar; grandparents Joe O. and Irene Fresquez; grandfather Manuel Avelar; grandmother Maria Avelar Cruz; and his aunt Cindy Ramirez.
Manuel is survived by his wife Sarai Avelar; son Gabriel Xavier Avelar; parents Manuel and Judy Avelar; brothers, Jaime Fresquez, Daniel Avelar and Manuel Garcia; sister Sylvia Leticia Avelar; grandmother Eva Fresquez; great-grandmother Mary Peck; aunts, Debbie Martinez and husband Eduardo, Concepcion Avelar, Verginia Avelar, Eloisa Balderama, and Tracey Prudencio and husband Joe; uncles, Ramon Avelar, Armando Avelar, Adolfo Avelar, Anthony Fresquez, Joe R. Fresquez and wife Sylvia, and Raymond Anthony Fresquez; nieces and nephews, Ariella Mia Avelar, Savannah, JJ, David (little buddy) Fresquez, Daniel Avelar, Davian, Darriuz and Marsaydez; and numerous cousins.
Pallbearers will be Jaime Fresquez, Daniel Avelar, Manuel Garcia, Raymond Anthony Fresquez, Joe R. Fresquez, Antonio Ramirez, Chris Fresquez and Joel Fresquez. Honorary pallbearer will be Mario Esperanza.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.