Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home

705 Davie Ave, Statesville, NC


Damien Douglas Vierra

January 1, 1951July 31, 2019

Damien Douglas Vierra, 68, of Statesville, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

Born on January 1, 1951 in Waialua, Hawaii, he was the son of the late Hercules Vierra and Francis Santiago Vierra, who survives.

Damien was a retired Army Veteran who honorably served his country. His nickname was “pineapple” in his army days, and then went on to be called “5.0.” He loved drag-racing and went to drag races any chance he could. He had a special place in his heart for dogs, especially his four puppies, Lady, Tramp, Lucky, and Bear. He was of the Catholic Faith.

Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife of 18 years, Joy Ellen Vierra of Statesville; mother, Francis Santiago Vierra of HI; son, Everett Vierra of HI; step-son, Billy Dale Jester of Booneville, NC; daughter, Joalena (Tom) Farias of HI; brother, Gerard (Hanna) Vierra of HI; Geraldine (Daniel) Deliz of HI; grandchildren, Mary Farias, Thomas Farias Connor Lee Jester, Emma Grace Jester, Ryan Blake Jester; special friends, Steve (Aimee) Cozad and Donivan McMichael; nephews, Douglas, Alan, and Thomas; and nieces, Tasha and Tiara, who all dearly loved him.

A Celebration of Life service for Damien will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 12, 2019 in the chapel of Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home with Rev. Ervel Jones officiating. Full Military Honors will be presented by the Iredell County Veteran Funeral Honors Detail.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Damien’s memory will be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.bunchjohnsonfuneralhome.com. Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Damien Douglas Vierra.


  • The Wounded Warrior Project


  • Celebration of Life Monday, August 12, 2019


Damien Douglas Vierra

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Jason McKnight

August 9, 2019

I would like to thank Pineapple for all the time spent with him at the race track, he always had kind and positive words and a great smile that was very welcoming. Although I have not spoke to him in some time, the moment I heard he had passed, I immediatly thought of all the times he would stop bye and share storeys of his past and make me laugh. God Speed to Damien and my condolences to his family.

Rick Dailey

August 6, 2019

Having served in Viet Nam with Damien, we all knew that he was destined for something great. His greatness was in his smile and caring for others. We found that we both shared a huge love for drag racing and had fun talking about it at the Williamsburg Reunion last year. He is sorely missed and we will plan to see you UP THERE one day! I am very sorry for the Family's loss.

Jim Payton

August 5, 2019


I am truly sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure in my life as he was with joy and humor. He always made me laugh. He also taught me a lot and the one thing is I will never forget him.

RIP My Brother I will see you in the Medevac Heaven.

Yvonne Kahealani

August 4, 2019

My 1st trip to Maui was a graduation present from you and I had an amazing ti.e with my friends, watching you irritate my sister Pinky was always funny. You are missed, I did receive a msg from you letting me know you are free and soaring high. Joy, thank you for taking care and loving my cousin. You have my number if you need to talk . Rest in Gods Love Damien.