Jonathan ACUNA

January 3, 1941June 15, 2020

Jonathan Hernan Acuña (born Evely Hernan Acuña). His life was well lived and he was well loved! Best known by his moniker, “Belo”, given to him by his grandson Aaron.

The Lord called him to sleep, in a peaceful manner, on June 15th, 2020, after a strong fight against the Covid-19 virus.

Resident of Collegedale, Tennessee, previously of Madison, New Jersey. Retired auto mechanic, active member and Sabbath School teacher and occasional preacher of the Ooltewah Spanish Seventh Day Adventist Church.

This gentle, loving, caring and wonderful man has left a permanent mark etched on our hearts and will be supremely missed by his wife and best friend of 55 years, Maria Ines Acuña “Bela” (nee Pena) and his daughters and son-laws, Bilda Marlen and Frank J. Small, Jenny Dabeiba and Peter Vatamaniuc, Vivianna Acuña Francisco and Paul Francisco and Peter Krisan.

Family was the pivotal essence of Belo’s life; he was proud and honored to be the husband, father, grandfather to his loving family. He has been a major presence in the lives of his children and grandchildren.

He is a proud grandfather to Aaron Krisan, Erica Maria Poleon (nee Krisan) and her husband Matty Poleon, Nicolau (Nico) Francisco, Nina Bianca Francisco, Frank J. Small V, Robert Small, and Jesse Small.

Born in Barrio Restrepo in Bogota, Colombia on January 3rd 1941 and immigrated to the United States in the 1960’s, he became a proud US Citizen. Belo spent his life as a hardworking, dedicated, religious and loving man. He had a long-standing relationship with God and was very blessed with his faith to his dying breath.

He was predeceased by his parents, Eusebio Acuña Avila and Rufina Acuña (nee Rodriguez), his siblings, Raimundo, Enrique, Antonio, Julia, Carlos, Lilia, Ernesto, and Victor Manuel Acuña, and his “adopted” son, Oswaldo Navas.

He will be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews, cousins, church family, and friends.

Belo will be forever remembered for his beautiful smile, thick beautiful hair, gentle eyes, caring heart, loving embrace and unconditional love. Although our hearts are heavy, we will celebrate his life and find comfort in the beautiful memories he gave us.

Belo, we will see you again soon when you are awakened. We love you forever.

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” Thessalonians 4:15-17 . Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, a private graveside ceremony for his children and grandchildren will take place on Monday, June 29th at 1:00 pm in Collegedale Memorial Park, officiated by Pastor Jerry Arnold.

A memorial service at the Ooltewah Spanish Seventh Day Adventist Church will be announced at a later date.

We thank all our friends and family for their loving support during this difficult time.

The family would like to thank all the health care professionals at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee for their great care and compassion in his final days and are sincerely grateful.

Arrangements entrusted to Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services Franklin -Strickland Chapel, 1724 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN, 37404, 423-265-4414. Please visit our website to share your memories:


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Alba Velazquez

June 21, 2020

Mis condolencias a la familia del hno.Acuña.Están en mis oraciones.Que Dios les dé su Paz.

Gonzalo y Mery Monroy

June 21, 2020

Nuestra mas sentida condolencia a la hna Ines y su familia oramos para q el Señor los bendiga en este momento difícil
Conocimos al hno Jonathan por muchos años estuvimos juntos en las labores de iglesia en momentos de enfermedad en momentos alegres y mucho mas
Lo extrañaremos mucho pero con la esperanza del dia glorioso de la resurrección donde lo podremos abrazar y ver otra vez Seguiremos orando por uds 🙏🙏😪💔

Orlando Morales

June 18, 2020

Que el Señor les de Paz a la familia Acuña. En mi memoria siempre lo recuerdo por su simpatía de ayudar a los demás. Y su fuerte apretón de mano. Mi sentido pésame, Nos encontraremos en la final Trompeta. Att. Orlando

Kay Parish

June 18, 2020

Bilda and family, although I never met your Belo, he is alive for me from the things you’ve shared about him, while we were colleagues and then since we have stayed in touch via Facebook. He sounds like such an unassuming yet awesome spirit! My favorite kind of person. May your family celebration of his life be joyous, although I know it’s also difficult to say the kind of goodbye that this occasion calls for. Peace to all of you!

Hernando Trujillo

June 18, 2020

What an amazing person and what a remarkable life. I feel so blessed that I got to know him.” I'm so sorry for your loss

sara nuss-galles

June 18, 2020

We have fond memories of the lovely Acuna family from when we all lived in Madison and our kids were friends and played together. May the many joyous times you shared bring you comfort. we think of you - Sara and Arie Galles and family

Frank y Zulma Gonzalez

June 15, 2020

Our deepest condolences to our sister Ines and family. May the Lord Jesus give you peace. hope and comfort. We will miss him greatly but we know that when Jesus comes again we will see him by the river. Frank y Zulma

Nuestro más sentido pésame para la hmna Ines, y familia. Que el Señor Jesús les de paz. esperanza, y consuelo. Lo vamos a extrañar, pero sabemos que cuando Cristo venga nos veremos junto al río.