CONCORD - Joven Drake "J.D." Mercado, 9, 2796 Golfball Circle, went home to play in Heaven's playground on Dec. 25, 2013, at Levine's Children's Hospital.
J.D., or "Monkey" as he was called by his mother, was born Oct. 15, 2004, in Fayetteville, to Gloria L. Mercado and Joven Mercado.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Stamey Funeral Home Chapel, Fallston.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday prior to the funeral service.
Burial will be at Rose Hill Memorial Park.
An online register is available at www.stameyfuneralhome.com.
Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston is in charge of arrangements.