Joey Alfonso

April 9, 1990July 14, 2012

Joey Alfonso

Joey, 22, of Hickory, NC and a senior at UNC-Greensboro, died accidently Saturday, July 14, 2012 while hiking in Burke Co., NC.

He was born April 9, 1990 in Terre Haute, Indiana, a son of Elioberto P. “Al” Alfonso and Suzi Martin Alfonso. Joey was a 2008 graduate of Hickory High School where he was an accomplished wrestler, including most valuable player for wrestling for all 4 years of high school, he was a Representative for the NC National team and a regional champion for all 4 years.

The Alfonso family will greet friends 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM, Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at Hickory Funeral Home. A service to celebrate the life of Joey will be held 10:00 AM, Thursday, July 19, 2012 from the sanctuary of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 52 16 Ave., NW, Hickory, NC, with The Reverend Mark Andrews, Senior Minister, officiating. Burial will follow in Catawba Memorial Park.

Joey is survived by his parents, Eliberto P.“Al” and Suzi Alfonso of Hickory, NC; brother, Chris Smith and wife, Eva Ryker of Charlotte, NC; sister, Shannon Mann-Alvarenga and husband, Joel of Hickory, NC; niece, Isabella Mann; paternal grandmother, Ernestina Alfonso of Orlando, FL and maternal grandparents: Joe and Sharon Farris of Varna, IL.

Notes of encouragement and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations in order to establish a wrestling scholarship fund in honor of Joey Alfonso. The Alfonso family is being served by a close personal friend, Jack Tickle with McEwen Funeral Service at Sharon Memorial Park, 5716 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28212 and Hickory Funeral Home, 1031 11th Avenue SE, Hickory, NC 28602


  • Family Visitation Wednesday, July 18, 2012
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, July 19, 2012

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Matt Kunkle

February 14, 2013

You were my brother if I ever had one. I miss you terribly every day. Watch over us from up there bud


February 12, 2013

Joey You will be forever missed. I love you man, I'll never forget just how much you influenced my life.

Steve Brown

February 11, 2013

Very sorry to hear about this.

piedmont associates

July 26, 2012

El and Suzi You are in our thoughts and prayers may God lay his hands on you both and comfort you during this time , we are here for you if you need us. Piedmont Associates Julia Cook and Susan Holshouser

Stacy Jolly

July 19, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time.

Dr. Brett Carter - UNCG Dean of Students

July 19, 2012

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Debra Moore

July 19, 2012

Dear Al, I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. I know you will never get over it, just through it and it never
gets better, it just gets different. Remember the great times with your son Al and know that you will be with him again. Please accept my thoughts of peace and courage and my deepest sympathies. With Love and Caring!

Reed & Mary Salley

July 19, 2012

Our hearts are with you. We send our love and prayers. Reed & Mary

McRae C Banks, Dean

July 19, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Alfonso, please accept my condolences on behalf of the entire faculty, staff, and student body of the Bryan School of Business & Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. We are deeply saddened by the untimely loss of Joey. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these difficult days.

Lee Spencer

July 19, 2012

I love you man. You helped and taught me alot in high school imma miss you man.. save a spot for me on the mats in Heaven.