Ascencion Carmona, Jr, age 40, of Killeen, passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 PM, Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Copperas Cove with burial following at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Wednesday with a Rosary at 6 PM at Scott’s Funeral Home of Copperas Cove.
Ascencion Carmona Jr. was born in El Paso, Texas to Ascencion and Josefina Carmona on August 23, 1979. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1997. He married Maribel Flores, his high school sweetheart, on May 5, 1999 in El Paso, Texas and she was always the woman of his dreams. He attended the University of Texas at El Paso and Texas A&M Central Texas University.
He served in the Army and was a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his service, he was awarded the Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, two Army Commendation Medals, nine Army Achievement Medals, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Presidential Unit Citation, three Army Good Conduct Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medal and the French Defense Service Medal.
Ascencion served with distinction and honor as a Calvary Scout and Military Police Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He served one combat tour in Iraq and two combat tours in Afghanistan during his more than ten year tenure in the United States Army. The discipline and Patriotism he learned in the Army never left him, as friends and family will attest.
In his spare time, he enjoyed taking his family fishing, kayaking, camping, and cycling. Ascencion looked for opportunities to share and teach his faith with his family and friends. He was a faithful member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Killeen. He would make sacrifices for his family to make sure they were taken care of, especially his parents, who were always in his heart. He set an example for his daughters that no matter how hard life gets, to never give up.
Ascencion Carmona Jr. is survived by his wife, Maribel Carmona; his daughters, Alexa, Itzel and Ara Carmona; his sisters, María G. Carrizales and husband, Ruben, Marcia Carmona and Flor Carmona and husband, Jose Rios; and his parents, Ascencion and Josefina Carmona.
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