In loving memory of Christian Michael Viera of Statesville, N.C.

Christian Michael Viera, 51, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2024, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Christian’s journey touched the lives of many, leaving behind cherished memories and a legacy of strength and resilience. His unwavering spirit in the face of adversity was an inspiration to all who knew him.

Christian is survived by wife of 29 years, Shannon; and their two children, Max and Aidan. He also leaves behind his father Benjamin (Wanda) Viera; and two sisters, Mayra (Luis) Viera-Delgado and Maria (Jonathan) Viera-Gonzalez. Christian will be missed by his nephews, Matthew, Jose, Jesus, Gavin, and Dylan; his niece Mariely; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.

He was predeceased by his mother, Maria; mother-in-law, Susan; his aunt Evelyn; and grandmother Anna.

Christian was a proud Navy veteran and was honorably discharged as a Petty Officer Photographer’s Mate, serving as an aerial photographer. Christian’s honors include air crew wings, national defense service medal, marksman rifle ribbon, expert pistol ribbon, Southwest Asia service medal, Kuwait liberation service medal and Government of Kuwait medal.

His passion for photography stayed with him long after his military service ended. Christian had a successful sports photography, wedding, and commercial business for over 30 years until he retired in 2022 due to illness. A few memorable photo sessions include flying with the Blue Angels and being on the sidelines for the expansion NFL team, Jacksonville Jaguars.

In honor of Christian’s love of photography, an annual Christian Viera Creative Arts Award has been created and will be managed through the Iredell Arts Council. This fund will be used to give not only photographers but also any artist that may need financial support in their field. Each year on September 28 (Christian’s birthday) funds will be distributed. At this time, the family asks that donations be made to this award in Christian’s honor. To donate, please make a check out to the Iredell Arts Council and tag it as the Christian Viera Creative Arts Award.

A military service will be held 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at Nicholson Funeral Home followed by a Celebration of Life at The Watering Hole. Family, friends and the community are welcomed to attend both the service and Celebration of Life.

Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family.

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