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“Mr. and Ms. Joe, my sincere condolences to you and your families. It is a small world, as I recall spending countless summers at my aunt and uncle's...Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: Steven Morgan - Newport News, VA

“Teresa & Joe and Family and Whitney,I can't express how very sorry I am to read of Corey's passing. My remembrances were when our kids, of close age...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Don Auman - Englewood, CO

“Dear Teresa & Joe,I am so sorry to hear such sad news. May you find some comfort in knowing that there are so many people thinking of you at this...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Adele Castillo Eklund - Glendale, WI

“Joey and Teresa,Sending you and your family our deepest sympathy, for your loss. And hoping, too, that comfort and peace may come to you. Our...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: M Laura Velazquez - Champaign, IL

“We will miss his beautiful presence in our neighborhood. Please Whitney , let us know if you need anything. Prayers. Love your neighbors at 4806...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“Very sorry for the loss of your son. God bless you and all of the family ”
6 of 25 | Posted by: David Green - Sterling, IL

“Joe and Teresa,So sorry to hear about the passing of your son Corey. Thoughts and prayers to you all during this difficult time. ”
7 of 25 | Posted by: Colette Schmitt - ROCK FALLS, IL

“Joe, Teresa and family:We are so sorry to hear of the lost of your son and brother. It is never easy when they die at such a young age. Know that you...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Alex & Dee Rios - Sterling, IL

“May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“Thank you Corey for your smiles and your love! You left us many happy memories and we thank God for the life and laughter you gave. Family and...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Lisa (Ackert) Epperson - McLean, VA

“My condolences. Someone as special as Corey will never be forgotten! Corey will always hold a place in my heart as we held a special friendship...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Ryan Garland and family - IL

“We are so sad to learn of this loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Whitney, we are here to help in any way we can! Your...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Jamie Murphy - Richmond, VA

“WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS...OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AT THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME.NEW VISION TELEPHONE PIONEERS...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: MARY SIMONS - GLEN ALLEN, VA

“My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time! ”
14 of 25 | Posted by: Carolyn Aliff - Middletown, VA

“Your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you go thru this difficult time! ”
15 of 25 | Posted by: Carolyn Aliff - Winchester, VA

“Your family is in my prayers. ”
16 of 25 | Posted by: Allison Gregory - Richmond, VA

“Whitney - I'm the daughter of Nick and Clara Ware, who live next door. We were devastated to hear about Corey's death. Dad and his caregiver had...Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Patsy Stockdon - N. Chesterfield, VA

“Keenan and Family, I am sorry for your loss and am praying for you as you go through this difficult time.Ruth Williamson - HSHS ”
18 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“Thinking of your family during this difficult time. ”
19 of 25 | Posted by: Amy Baisey - New Kent, VA

“Our deepest sympathies at the passing of Corey!! He was always a welcome face at our house. He and our son Quentin had lots of...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Marjorie Christensen - Ohio, IL

“So sorry to read this......Our deepest condolences to Teresa and Joe...Corey was such a Bright Personality in so many lives...Consider it a Blessing...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Bernie and Cindy Mammosser - IL

“Dear Whitney and Family, I am so sorry for your loss of Corey. May your love along with your warm and happy memories of Corey comfort all of you at...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Bobby Oliver - Williamsburg, VA

“The biggest smile and kindest heart is what I will remember about Corey. To his widow, family and friends I wish you nothing but the best during this...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Rachelle Miller-Hicks - Bethalto, IL

“Whitney, Words cannot express the depth of our love for you and Corey.We send our prayers and condolences to you in hope that it will strengthen you...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Jeff and Maureen FIschbach - IL

“As President of Woody Funeral Home, I extend our deepest sympathy from all our staff for your loss. We are committed to providing the utmost care to...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Bernie Henderson - Richmond, VA


VELAZQUEZ, Corey Evan, 39, of Richmond, Virginia, formerly of Harmon, Illinois, died March 3, 2017 at his home after a brief illness.
Corey was born August 10, 1977 at KSB Hospital in Dixon, Illinois. Corey was the son of Joseph L. and Teresa J. (Miller) Velazquez. Corey was a 1996 graduate of Bureau Valley High School. Corey enjoyed farming with his grandfather and dad all through grade school and college. While in high school, he attended Whiteside Area Vocational Center in Sterling, Illinois. There, he earned a certificate for automotive repair. In 2000, he graduated from Sauk Valley Community College, receiving an Associate in Applied Science. He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois, where he was president of the Residential Housing Association for two years, working with his close friend, Quentin Christensen, Vice President of the Residential Housing Association. In 2004, Corey studied abroad at Southern Illinois University Carbondale Campus in Nakajo, Japan. While in Japan he met his college "sweetie," Whitney Eleanor Smith, a student from the University of Mary Washington. Corey worked in a Catholic grade school in Nakajo teaching English to pre-K and kindergarten students. In 2005, after completing a one year internship at Community General Hospital of Sterling, Illinois, Corey earned a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Systems Technologies, with minors in Biomedical Technology and Business. Corey married Whitney Eleanor Smith June 1, 2013. Corey had been a Verizon Wireless employee, working as an Inventory Coordinator for Special Projects and Programs from 2008 to 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. Survivors include his wife, Whitney Eleanor Smith; his parents, Joseph L. and Teresa J. (Miller) Velazquez of Harmon, IL; two brothers, Nathan and Joseph; two sisters, Amy and Tessa; special nephews and nieces, Jenea, Daivon, Daiyondre, Kayden, Kyle, Mena, Letecia, Madison and Devontai. A special mention of Corey's mother-in-law, Julia (McPhillips) Hill; stepfather-in-law, Collin Hill; father-in-law, Michael Smith; brothers-in-law, Keenan and Britt Smith, sister-in-law, Morrigan and her husband, Shawn and son, Braedon Smith; and his special aunt and uncle, Eric and Elizabeth Gruber and their daughters, Kathleen and Genavieve. There are numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Illinois, Virginia and Texas. Corey and Whitney treated all of their nieces and nephews as their own.