Jose Luis Fuentes, 70, of Franklin, departed this life on Jan. 8, 2021.
Mr. Fuentes, also known as “Pepe” or “Pastor,” was born on Jan. 2, 1951 in Zitacuaro, Michoacan, Mexico. His family migrated early in his life to the United States, and he became a U.S. citizen at a young age. He lived in Pacoima, California, attended San Fernando High School and then began a 36-year career with General Motors.
He married his partner in life, Guillermina, on March 16, 1973, and resided in Sylmar, California. When General Motors shut down their Van Nuys plant, Jose took the opportunity to move to Tennessee in 1991 to work for Saturn.
When he retired in 2006, he entered the ministry and became a pastor for 14 years. He pastored Casa De Bendicion Church in Nashville.
Jose loved people. He was eager to encourage, admonish and share God’s truth with anyone, especially over a meal. He was also good at making you laugh or at least getting you to smile.
He loved his church and his family. He enjoyed learning how to play guitar and would practice every time he could fit it into his day. He enjoyed reading and studying God’s word. He was a man of faith, a peacemaker, kind and a gentle man. He was also a man who enjoyed life to the fullest regardless of the circumstance that came his way.
He was preceded in death by his father, Felipe B. Fuentes, and mother, Graciela Tavera. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Guillermina Fuentes, two children Lorena Lopez (Angel Lopez) and Frank Fuentes, and his granddaughter, Peanut.
Two separate celebration of life services will be held, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. for Casa De Bendicion Church family only at Williamson Memorial Funeral Homend and a private family service with burial on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home and Gardens.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks and social distancing will be required at all times for everyone’s health and protection.
WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 615-794-2289. www.williamsonmemorial.com