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Christian Michael Viera

September 28, 1972 — May 24, 2024

Statesville

In loving memory of Christian Michael Viera, Statesville NC. 

Christian Michael Viera, age 51, passed away on Friday, May 24 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
that knew him.

Christian is survived by wife of 29 years, Shannon, their two children Max and Aidan. He leaves
behind his father Benjamin (Wanda) Viera, and two sisters, Mayra (Luis) Viera-Delgado, Maria
(Jonathan) Viera-Gonzalez. Christian will be missed by his nephews, Matthew, Jose, Jesus,
Gavin, Dylan and 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 of the new expansion 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 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 4:00 PM Saturday, June 1 at Nicholson Funeral Home followed by
a Celebration of Life at The Watering Hole. Family, friends and community are welcomed to
attend both the service and celebration of life.
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Christian Michael Viera, please visit our flower store.

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