OBITUARY

Mr. Pio Alvarez

July 11, 1922August 17, 2013

Pio Alvarez, age 91, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2013, at his home in Winder, Georgia, in the caring hands of his wife of 63 years, Juana Duran Suarez Alvarez, age 81, and his family. He was born on July 11, 1922, in Lajas, Cuba, to Teodoro and Lugarda Alvarez and was one of eleven siblings, with 4 brothers and 6 sisters. He was the last living member of his immediate family.

He and Juana had 2 daughters and 4 sons. He was predeceased by his precious daughters while still in Cuba. In 1968, he and his family immigrated to the United States, beginning a new journey in Atlanta, Georgia. Pio retired in 1994 after working 41 years in Cuba and working double shifts for 26 years at Owens-Illinois, Incorporated in East Point, Georgia. Following retirement, he and his wife then moved to Winder, Georgia, to be closer to their sons and grandchildren. In his later years, he began to seek God through the local congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Pio is survived by his wife, Juana Alvarez; his sons and daughter-in-laws: Pio E. and Marlene Alvarez, Luisito Alvarez, Rolando E. and Ramona Alvarez, and Esteban and Tina Alvarez; including 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Pio was an incredibly loving, generous and social being with a great sense of humor and no stranger to hard work. Aside from enjoying his well-deserved daily naps, he lived a long healthy life, never neglecting moments of laughter and love, enjoying great food, watching wrestling events, dancing, gardening, visiting family and friends. Pio is dearly missed but resides in God's mind and is awaiting his name to be called on the day of resurrection.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 from 6-9pm at Smith Funeral Home, 755 Atlanta Hwy SE, Winder, GA 30680 (770-867-4553). Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 2pm. Burial to follow at Barrow Memorial Gardens (beside Smith Funeral Home), 793 Atlanta Hwy SE, Winder, Ga 30680.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 21, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 22, 2013
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jorman Alvarez

August 21, 2013

My grandfather Pio Alvarez will always be in the heart and mind of all those people that love him. He was a special man, a man to admire and a great example in our family. He meant a lot to many people, to all the wonderful people that have been with him in these hard times, but what I can say is that, surely everyone of them meant plenty to him as well. Abuelo Pio, we miss you but we know your soul, mind and spirit are in peace.

Love you always...
Jorman, Ibelmys and Michael

Diane Smith

August 21, 2013

So sorry for your loss, it seems he lived a long and full life and was loved by many. Prayers for all the family, I know he will be greatly missed.

Evelyn Strickland

August 21, 2013

What I remember the most about abuelo Pio was his joy, his love for life. He had a generous heart and liked to make people laugh, especially the ladies.

Evelyn Strickland

August 21, 2013

What I remember the most about abuelo Pio was his joy, his love for life. He had a generous heart and liked to make people laugh, especially the ladies.

Kathi Barry

August 21, 2013

Praying for peace for you all at this time. Pio filled a room when he was present and I know that his presence filled your hearts. I pray that your happy memories will help to fill the void until you meet him again! Love You All, Kathi & Tom Barry

Dwan Hightower

August 21, 2013

I have been thinking of you and your family at this time Cindy. What I have heard and read about your grandfather was wonderful. I especially enjoyed the fact of your grandparents long happy marriage. My prayers, love and thoughts are with you through this. Know you are loved and missed.

Alana Sparks

August 21, 2013

Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Pio, I have heard a lot about him and know he was a great and fun loving man. I have known his family for some time now and my heart goes out to them in their time of need. Love, the Sparks Family.

phoebe doherty

August 21, 2013

so sorry for you all. it is so hard to let a loved one go. love you!!!! Aunt Phoebe

Esteban and Tina Alvarez

August 21, 2013

RIP Pio.. Always in our hearts..

August 19, 2013

Our hearts go out to the Alvarez family at this time of sadness and in the days ahead. With much love, Sharon and Rob Padgett