Master Sgt. Angel Luis Molina Real (retired), 67, of Fayetteville, NC, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2023, in his home.
Angel was born at his grandparents' house in Santurce, Puerto Rico, on Jan. 8, 1956, to his father, Maximiliano Molina, and mother, Aida Real. He served in the U.S. Army for more than 27 years and retired in 2008 as a master sergeant. As disease took over, his light began to fade and he peacefully entered eternal rest in his home surrounded by his loving family. Angel was a loving, caring, giving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and brother and a loyal friend. He gave of himself, which made him dedicated, dependable and respected by all who knew him. He was happy and loved to laugh. Angel was a jokesta and a good joke made his day. Singing and dancing gave him his suaveness and grace. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all who knew him. Angel was preceded in death by his mother, Aida Real.
Master Sgt. Molina Real served with the upmost honor and received the following awards during his military career: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (second award), Army Good Conduct Medal (fifth award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (third award), National Defense Service Medal (second award), South West Asia Service Medal with Bronze Service Star (second award), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Non Commissioned Officers Professional Developmental Ribbon (third award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (second award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal with ‟M” Device and 20-Year Device, Driver and Mechanic Badge and Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.
He is survived by his loving wife, Edna Delores Molina of Fayetteville; his father, Maximiliano Molina; sons, Jonnathan Molina of Killeen, Texas, Michael Luis Molina and wife, Brandy, of Fayetteville, Corey James Gaines of Fayetteville, Shannon Warren Gaines and wife, Michelle, of Charlotte; siblings, Ana Luisa (Nani) Hernández-Real, Migdalia (Mita) Molina-Real, Aida Luz (Lulu) Molina-Real, Amarilis (Marlis) Molina-Real, Marines Molina-Real, Clarisol (Chachi) Molina-Real and Daniel (Danny) Molina-Real; five grandchildren, Jaylen Gaines, Cameron Gaines, Aniyah Molina, Michael Molina, and Marissa Williams; Chico the Dog; and many extended family members.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, June 13, 2023 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the All American Chapel, 5301 Ardennes Road, Fort Bragg, NC 28307. Funeral services will begin at 12:30 p.m. following the visitation with the Rev. Larry Matthews officiating.
Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery, 8220 Bragg Blvd., Fort Bragg, NC 28310.