Joel L. Alvis

Joel L. Alvis, Sr.

Black Mountain, NC

Dr. Joel Lawrence Alvis, Sr. died March 30, 2013 at Black Mountain, NC.

He was born May 1, 1923 in Memphis, TN, the son of James Lawrence Alvis and Mattie Lowrey Alvis, where he grew up and graduated from Central High School in 1941.

During World War II he served in the U.S. Army stationed in England, off the coast of France immediately following D-day and in Antwerp, Belgium.

After the war he earned a B.S. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the M.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis. He did graduate work at the University of Virginia.

After medical school Joe interned at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH and served surgery and urology residencies at the University of Louisville, the University of Tennessee Medical Center and the University Medical Center, Jackson, MS where he was the first full time resident in urology.

He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In addition he served in numerous national, state and local medical societies.

"Dr. Joe" practiced urology in Jackson, MS for more than 30 years where he was dearly beloved and highly esteemed by patients and colleagues alike. Many commented that he treated all people with dignity and respect. Even when medical intervention ceased to be effective, he still continued to minister to his patients, bringing comfort and compassion to patient and family alike.

His faith was expressed in his daily living through self-giving and service to others. He participated in his churches, serving as deacon in the Baptist churches in Jackson and as elder in the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church. His commitment to missions led him to volunteer at hospitals in Eku, Nigeria and the Gaza Strip.

He was an exemplary husband, father and grandfather. His happiest times were those visiting with extended family, remembering and telling stories, and sharing a good meal.

In 1952 he married Martha Jean Lowe in Memphis Tennessee. They have 2 sons: Joel, Jr. with wife Vicki and sons Joel III (Jody) and Mark; and Erskine with wife Susan and children Jo, Edward, Emma, Jeffery, Andrew, Jack and Larkin.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, 110 Montreat Road, Black Mountain, NC at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, 33 Meadow Road, Asheville, NC 28803 or to Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries, PO Box 235, Black Mountain, NC 28711. Asheville Area Alternative Funeral Services has assisted the family with arrangements.

Published in Clarion Ledger on Apr. 5, 2013