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HICKORY — 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, II and Suzi Farris Alfonso. Joey was a 2008 graduate of Hickory High School where he was an accomplished wrestler, including most valuable player for wrestling for all four years of high school, he was a Representative for the NC National team and a regional champion for all four years.

The Alfonso family will greet friends 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at Hickory Funeral Home.

A service to celebrate the life of Joey will be held 10 a.m., 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 www.mcewenfs.com.

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.

This obituary was originally published in the News Record.
Published online on 7/18/2012 courtesy of News Record.