WINDER – Pio Alvarez, 91, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2013, at his residence in the caring hands of his wife of 63 years, Juana Duran Suarez Alvarez, 81, and his family.
He was born on July 11, 1922, in Lajas, Cuba, the son of the late Teodoro and Lugarda Alvarez, and was one of 11 siblings, with four brothers and six sisters. He was the last living member of his immediate family.
He and Juana had two daughters and four sons. He was preceded in death 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. He retired in 1994 after working 41 years in Cuba and working double shifts for 26 years at Owens-Illinois, Inc. in East Point. Following retirement, he and his wife then moved to Winder to be closer to their sons and grandchildren. In his later years, he began to seek God through his local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Survivors include his wife, Juana Alvarez; sons and daughters-in-law, Pio E. and Marlene Alvarez, Luisito Alvarez, Rolando E. and Ramona Alvarez, and Esteban and Tina Alvarez; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was an incredibly loving, generous and social being with a great sense of humor and no stranger to hard work, loved ones stated. 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, and 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, family members said.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, August 22, at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Barrow Memorial Gardens (beside Smith Funeral Home) in Winder.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, is in charge of arrangements.