He was born April 9, 1990 in Terre Haute, Indiana, a son of Elioberto P. “Al” Alfonso and Suzi Martin Alfonso. Joey was a 2008 graduate of Hickory High School where he was an accomplished wrestler, including most valuable player for wrestling for all 4 years of high school, he was a Representative for the NC National team and a regional champion for all 4 years.
A service to celebrate the life of Joey was held on 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 followed 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 Vienna, IL.
In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations in order to establish a wrestling scholarship fund in honor of Joey Alfonso.