Encarnación Fuentes, Jr.

Encarnación Fuentes, Jr. passed away on September 11, 2021 with his loving wife of 50 years by his side. He was born in McAllen, TX on February 24, 1949. He was a 1967 graduate of McAllen High School. He also served 6 years in the U.S. Army National Guard as a medic. He was very proud of his role in the guard and enjoyed reminding his family of that as often as possible. 

While in McAllen, he worked actively as a musician, ultimately becoming one of the pioneering musicians in the South Texas Tejano music genre. As a member of Los Fabulosos 4, along with his brother, Edgar, he served as a songwriter, arranger, and performer of the classic Tejano genre. He was an exceptionally talented guitarist and producer, and enjoyed creating music in the recording studio. In the early stages of the internet, he founded Tejanoclassics.com, becoming one of the earliest online retailers to offer, restore and remaster early 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s Tejano music, which reached grateful fans internationally. Music was his greatest passion. It is a passion that lives on in his daughters, Leticia, who is a classical violinist, mariachi musician and Orchestra teacher, and Sandra, who shares his great love of Tejano music, working with him at Tejanoclassics.com and alongside him in his music business events.

Aside from his music background, he held management positions in the corporate world, working for Phillip Morris USA in McAllen and ultimately transferring his family to Houston.  

Upon raising his daughters, and retiring from Phillip Morris USA, he completed a long-held goal to finish college. He graduated as an Outstanding Student at the age of 64 from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Spanish. He was a proud alumnus and Bearkat, along with his wife, Yolanda, and his daughter, Leticia, who all graduated from SHSU. 

Encarnacion was a loyal fan of the Dallas Cowboys. He was happiest surrounded by his family, enjoying some beers, and making his famous barbecue chicken on the pit. 

Encarnacion is preceded in death by his parents, Maria Esther and Encarnacion Fuentes, Sr., and brother, Edgar A. Fuentes. 

He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Yolanda Fuentes, who was his high school sweetheart. Two daughters: Leticia I. Fuentes, Sandra Cavazos and her husband Roland; Grandchildren: Andres E. Garcia, Erin A. Cavazos, Jordan Cavazos, Julia Cavazos, and Ethan Cavazos; Great grandchildren: Harlow Cavazos, and Sylas Cavazos.

Most importantly, he leaves behind a legacy of kindness, wisdom, understanding, inclusion, and love. His presence in our lives was the greatest gift that we could ever receive. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at Rivera Funeral Home, 1901 Pecan, McAllen, Texas, on Tuesday, September 21, from 4:00-8:00pm. Service begins at 6:30pm.

Mass will be held at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 900 S. 23rd St. in McAllen, TX at 11:30am with interment immediately following at Valley Memorial Gardens in Mission, Tx. 


  1. My condolences to the Familia Fuentes. I never met Carney but I felt as if I had. I listened to every note that he played on his guitar when I was a teenager while playing my Fabulosos Cuatro LP’s. As a musician myself, his music greatly influenced my life and inspired me to strive for excellence. May God comfort your hearts and give you peace during this difficult time. From California, Bobby Castañeda

    Bobby Castañeda
  2. My sincere condolences to the Fuentes family and I for one fortunate to have witnessed Carnation playing live on stage in the early 70s behind the stage at the McAllen Civic Center on 10th Street.

    JJ Salinas
  3. We were blessed to have spent many celebrations; football backyard barbecues with
    Carney at the Cavazos’s home in Pearland. He was a kind soul with a great sense of
    humor. Our deep condolences go out to Yolanda, Letty, Sandy, Roland and all who
    love him. Much love, Ruben & Liz Martinez

    Liz Martinez
  4. My deepest Condolences to all your family! I was blessed to have met Mr. Fuentes at A – Better Plumbing! He always greeted us with a smile! A true blue Dallas Cowboy fan! I will miss the FB pictures filled with the smiles and joy when pictures were
    Share when He was with his family making memories! Sandy and Roland please know you are in my prayers! God and your faith will carry you through this!

    Norma Guerra-Martinez
  5. To the Fuentes Family,
    Our most sincere sympathies, we are very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and family. May all the beautiful memories you built over the years help you heal, have peace, and give you strength to cope in this difficult time.

    Carl and Veronica Beaujon
  6. To the Fuentes Family,
    Our most sincere sympathies, we are very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and family. May all the beautiful memories you built with him over the years help you heal, have peace, and give you strength to cope in this difficult time.

    Carl and Veronica Beaujon
  7. Our sincerest condolences to the Fuentes and Guerra families.

    Met Carney while both of us were visiting our Mom’s who were roommates at Briarcliff Nursing and Rehabilitation Home.

    Brother Omar felt privileged to be a pallbearer for Esther’s funeral service when asked by Carney.

    Carney served proudly in the military, for God and Country.

    Carney was more than an Inspiration, he was a Blessing.

    Godspeed Carney

    Omar and Francisco Rivera
  8. The last image I have of Mr. fuentes (Carney), was him embracing his wife Yolanda and his daughter Sandy, as they both comforted Sandy as we drove away from their drive way last month, as we mourned the loss of our own father last month. We were all pretty broken up after a couple of months of battling with my dad through his medical challenges in Houston and we all stood in the driveway as Mr. Fuentes lifted us up with his encouraging words. It was a privilege to know him and in the short time I had to get to know him, I could tell he was pretty special. He also had a pretty special family. My heart aches.
    Love you all so much and hope that we can comfort you all in the ways you all have done for us. ❤️

    Michelle Garza
    • My sincere condolences to the Fuentes Family. I was not aware of Mr. Fuentes passing unexpectedly. I ran into the lovely Sandra , Carneys and Yolandas lovely daughter, while in McAllen. I met this lovely family through Yolandas brother, Ray which was a very close friend of mine. Ray thought very highly of his brother in law and had so much admiration of the Fuentes family. It’s true how Carney had a way of entertaining friends and family and Yoli right there making certain everyone was welcomed into their lovely home, with open arms. I’m saddened to learn of Carneys passing, and I’m certain he is in heaven with his loved ones and ole Reyfus exchanging funny stories. Rest In Peace Carney🙏🏼

      Karen Anzaldua -Fears

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