Joe Alvin, Jr., was the youngest son of five siblings born from the union of Joe Alvin, Sr., and Viola Hines Alvin, who preceded him in death. He was born on July 16, 1937, in Liberty County Georgia where his parents raised him in Briar Bay and the Cross Road Communities. Upon receiving his education in Liberty County, he relocated to Jacksonville, Florida to reside with his oldest sister Louise.
Joe accepted Christ as his Personal Savior at an early age and was baptized at the First African Baptist Church in Riceboro, Georgia. His favorite scripture was the 23rd Psalm; and his favorite gospel artist was Mahalia Jackson.
In the early 60's, Joe relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where he met the late Florie Williams Nelson, the love of his life. This love produced his only child, Bessie Mae Alvin and oh how he loved to brag about carrying on the family name, for she was named after a sister of his, BLESSINGS! Joe was a proud loving devoted father, and it showed. Bessie later married the love of her life, James Graham and that union blessed Joe with his only granddaughter, Nilajah Graham of whom he was always very proud of. Attending her graduation brought him so much joy, and when she achieved her Bachelor of Science Degree. "Bragging Rights On Fleek"
Provider, nurturer, lover of family that's Joe Alvin – gainfully employed as a tradesman in construction for many years he retired from the Domenick Crispino Construction Company.
Jefferson was his home for more than 40 years, this was where his most memorable lessons will be cherished. This was where he'd leave an everlasting legacy. Juanita Jackson shhhhhhhhh don't tell anyone but she was always his favorite. Although she was his niece, looking back on their relationship you could have easily mistaken them for brother and sister, and oh what a blessing she was for him and vice versa. That bond was stronger than crazy glue, but love was the glue that held it all together, BLESSINGS! Jefferson was where life happened, and he rose to the occasion. With his intellect he was impressive and had so much knowledge to share. Whether it be with a daughter, granddaughter, niece, nephew, grandniece or grandnephew there was always lessons to be learned and he was always up for the task. No matter the circumstance family was strong, love was stronger. He had a special love for music – and regularly listened to his "oldies but goodies." He also loved the news and listened to it faithfully whether on TV or radio. He kept himself informed about both world and local news, and oftentimes you would find him engaged in conversation with anyone about any topic at any time day or night. That was Joe debating the issues.
On January 26, 2021, Joe was called to rest after an illness at the age of 83 at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.
In addition to his parents previously mentioned, he was preceded in death by three siblings (Bessie Mae Roberts, Andrew Alvin, Sr., and Louise Alvin). He leaves to mourn his death his one and only child, the love of his life, Bessie (James) Graham and granddaughter, Nilajah Graham of New Jersey; one sister, Viola Roberts of Riceboro, Georgia; a special niece, Juanita Jackson and family of Brooklyn, New York; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Published in Coastal Courier from Feb. 8 to Feb. 15, 2021.