Nicholas M. “Chope” Hernandez Jr., loving husband, father and grandfather, age 74, went to his final resting home with our Lord on October 31, 2018. Services will be held on Monday, November 5 at 10 am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Temple with Father Vincent Romauld and Deacon Oscar Valleriano officiating.
Nick was born on May 28, 1944 in Bremond, Tx to Nicholas and Consuelo Martinez Hernandez. He was raised in Little Mexico, where he attended school in Troy I.S.D. From there he went on to join the Army, where he served two years in Vietnam. After returning from his service in the military, he went to work construction, to include roadwork and as a machine operator. Nick’s experience in his work came from several companies he worked with including Bandas Construction Co of Temple, Jeff Richards of Belton, Hauco Construction of Waco, Bud Hatter Construction Co of Copperas Cove, and McKinney & James Construction Co, before venturing out on his own. In 1976, Nick became the proud owner of Hernandez Paving. Nick married his beloved wife, Anna Quinteros in December 1972. His wife, along with their two sons worked hard for their business. Nick worked hard and accomplished his goals and became successful in his business. Nick’s sons eventually grew and helped in all aspects of the business, along with his brothers. Nick enjoyed a cold beer and a few card games after work. He also greatly enjoyed his family and loved his grandchildren. He loved to dance with his wife.
Nick is preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Consuelo; brothers, Benito M. Hernandez, Francisco M. Hernandez; sister, Elena Hernandez Flores.
He is survived by his wife, Anna; sons, Nicholas Hernandez III, and Steven Q. Hernandez, both of Troy; stepchildren, Anthony Donoso, Arthur Donoso, Rosalinda Olivares, Sylvia Vancleave, Francis Lopez and Jessica Salinas; brothers, Samuel M. Hernandez, and Rogelio M. Hernandez; sisters, Mary Conlon, Rosie Garcia and husband, Alvin, and Anita New McIntosh; 6 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held from 5-7 pm with the reciting of the Rosary at 7 pm on Saturday, November 3 and again on Sunday, November 4 at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple.
I only knew you from what mom & dad spoke of you. I wasn’t allowed to speak in grown up conversations.
You loved my parents & they sure loved you primo. The hard worker you became & very proud of your military service. When you married your love & became an awesome stepfather, it spoke volumes of the amazing character you were.
You were blessed with 2 more children & your family was complete.
The sense of humor was one my brothers & sisters spoke of & I smile of the memories you left behind.
You’ve led the good life & im sure with no regrets. God blessed you with a wonderful life & he will bless you with a wonderful heavenly eternal rest.
When the Angels lead you in & you see the face of God, be it know that everyone who knew you & who you touched will miss the great man you were on this earth.
Sending my sympathies to all of your family & your brother & sisters.
R.I.P & May the perpetual light shine upon your face.
Bernadette Servantez MorenoBelton, TX
Thank you Chope, for everything . RIP . You will never be forgotten.
Love Sylvia and Greg Vancleave.
Sylvia VancleaveBelton, TX
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hernandez family. Nick was admired by many for his work ethics and kindness.
He leaves a wonderful legacy for his family.
The Collier Family - Jacque', George Weldon, Trey, and Colby
Jacqueline CollierGeorgetown, TX
My neighbor for 18 years and one of the best friends I ever had. His sons and my daughter went to school together. You will be missed my friend and I'll pray for your family. Nick rest in peace.
Gary EngleGrand Prairie, TX
Our sincere condolences, we are truly sorry for the family's loss. Praying for Chope's family.
Ronnie and Lisa SpiveySpring, TX
Our deepest condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, the Padilla family 🙏🏼
Monica GeorgeMonrovia, CA
So sorry for everyone's loss .Nick was a good man, so glad I got to visit with him while I was in Texas.
Loretta AllenCynthiana, KY
I love you so very much, and I thank you for all you did for me and my family. I will never never forget you❤️
Jessica SalinasTroy, TX
Me and Clifford met Mr.Hernandez years back out at the track and did lots of paving at little River track for us, he was always there for us when Clifford would call him! Very hard working man and glad we got to know him over the years and his family. He will be missed!
Linda SpanhelOdessa, TX
Steven, you and your family are in my heart , so sorry for your loss
JOE FLEMINGELECTRA, TX
My condolences to my Tia Anne and family. Chope was always people to me and my brothers. A hard working man and one always knew where you stood with him. R.I.P.
Tony QuinterosTemecula, CA
Adios, COMPA, WE HAD SOME GOOD TIMES. REST IN PEACE.
Mariano & Chris AguirreRio Rancho, NM
He was a sweet wonderful man and I'm grateful to have gotten to know him
LoriHarker Heights, TX