Johnny Alvarez

Johnny J. Alvarez, age 71, of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2023. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, and son, known for his infectious laughter, generosity, and dedication to his faith.

Elderly man and granddaughter hugging him.

Born on March 15, 1952, in Knoxville, Tennessee, Johnny was raised in Montgomery, Alabama by his adoring parents, Gladys and Robert Alvarez, who survive him. Alongside his brothers, Gary (Linda) and Troy (Marie), he was the steadfast pillar of the Alvarez family.

Johnny served his country with distinction and honor as an Army Ranger during the Vietnam War, earning a Purple Heart for his bravery and dedication. After his military service, he attended the University of Alabama, where his athletic prowess shone on the football field.

Following his graduation, Johnny found entrepreneurial success, opening a chain of laundromats that would become a household name in the region. His astute business sense and hands-on approach were a testament to his commitment to serve his community.

Johnny was a devoted husband to his loving wife, Anne Lawrence Appleseed. Their relationship was a testament to true love, enduring all the trials and tribulations life threw their way. He was the proud father of three children, Romeo, Stella, and Lewis Alvarez, instilling in them his values of hard work, humility, and kindness.

Johnny had a genuine love for life. He had an insatiable passion for deep sea fishing and watching sports. Every weekend, he could be found grilling hamburgers, a treat his family and friends always looked forward to. A homebody at heart, he was the source of countless joyous memories, with his knack for telling stories that often ended with him laughing at his own jokes, his laughter proving contagious to all around him.

As a lifelong Southern Baptist and deacon of his church, Johnny’s faith was unwavering. He lived by the principles of his faith, his generosity extending beyond his family and friends to strangers in need.

A visitation and memorial service will be held at his home church, with the date and time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Johnny’s favorite charity, in recognition of his lifelong commitment to giving.

Johnny leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and selfless service. His memory will live on in the hearts of all those who were fortunate enough to have known him. He will be deeply missed, but his spirit, his lessons, and his love will continue to guide us forever.

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