Richard John Cuevas, 50 of the Rocky Hill Dedeaux community, passed away Monday at Forrest General Hospital. He was born October 16, 1970 in Gulfport, the oldest of four children to Charles Junior and Leona Louise (Ladner) Cuevas. Growing up in the Rocky Hill Dedeaux community, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also helped out with his three younger sisters and liked being their big brother. In fact, he grew up to be the spitting image of his father Charles, just a bit taller. He came to be known as Richie and is remembered as one who was always willing to lend a helping hand. If someone asked, Richie was there. It may take him a couple of hours to get there, but he always got it done no matter what. Plus, you always knew when he was approaching because of the "jingle" from the wad of keys attached to his belt loop when he walked. And if it was getting close to dark, he would put his headlight on, wearing it wherever he went. Richie was disabled several years ago and stayed at home to care for his sister who is blind. He was a loving son, big brother, father, grandfather and trusted friend to many. He will be sadly missed by all whose life he touched. Even in such a time as this, his giving legacy will continue with the help of MORA, where many more lives will be impacted. He was preceded by his parents, Charles & Leona Cuevas. Left to cherish his memories are: his son Damian and daughter Shantell Cuevas, both of the Dedeaux community; twin granddaughters whom he absolutely adored, Paislee and Preslee Cuevas; and his three sisters: Lana Cuevas and Stacey Szepek, both of Rocky Hill Dedeaux, with Shelly (Leroy, III) Lee of Kiln; nephews Jordan Lee and Timothy Szepek, and a niece Tabitha Lee, along with numerous extended family and friends. Services are scheduled for Saturday, July 17, 2021 at St. Matthew Catholic Church. Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM, followed by the funeral mass at 11:00 AM. Richie's final wishes were to be cremated, which his family is honoring. In lieu of floral arrangements, please consider making a donation to help the family offset funeral expenses. Following the mass, everyone is welcomed back to Leroy & Shelly's home for a fellowship meal together, as we remember Richie. Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the Cuevas family in this time of need, asking everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.
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