OXFORD — Diego Rivera, 11, of Oxford, North Carolina, passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2021, while on a family trip in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Born in Anderson County, Texas, he was the son of Jose Arrendondo and Patricia Ortiz Alcantara.

Diego had just finished the fifth grade at West Oxford Elementary School and had the whole world ahead of him. He loved his family and his friends, and had a special place in his heart for his pet chickens.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sossamon Funeral Home.

In addition to his parents, survivors include two sisters, Samantha Rivera and Andrea Sofia Lopez; two brothers, Julian Rivera and Anthony Rivera; one grandmother, Manuela Ortiz; and his godparents, Luis Arellano and Rufina Contreras.

He was preceded in death by one grandfather, Salvador Alcantara Saucillo.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. at Sossamon Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by Father Marcos Leon. Burial will follow at Meadowview Memorial Park in Oxford, North Carolina.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Charlie Ellington, Austin Falls, Jesus Hernandez Alberto, Jose Luis Camacho, Eugenio Rocha, Luis Arellano and Kenny Mann.

Arrangements are by Sossamon Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.sossamon funeralhome.com.

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