Stephen

Stephen Eric Alvarez

March 4, 2021

Stephen Eric Alvarez

1996 ~ 2021

Stephen Eric Alvarez, 24, Cypress TX, born June 13, 1996, passed away Saturday morning, February 27, 2021.​​

Stephen is survived by his father Paul Alvarez and wife, Elizabeth Alvarez and his mother Jessica Garza Bateman and husband Clint Bateman; siblings: Adriana Alexandria Alvarez, Joseph Anthony Alvarez, Daniel David Alvarez, and Sophia Corinne Alvarez; paternal grandmother, Chelo Mata Alvarez; nephews, Michael Anthony Alvarez, Alexander Adrian Alvarez; uncles, Rene Alvarez and wife Kimberly Alvarez, Daryl Alvarez and wife Alexis Alvarez; aunt, Nancy Alvarez Gonzalez and husband Marcos Gonzalez; cousin, Noah Alexander Alvarez; numerous great aunts, great uncles, and innumerable extended family.

Stephen was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Lionel Alvarez and his maternal grandmother, Vera Meave Garza.

Stephen had many moments of joy during his brief life and had the ability to brighten an entire room with his beautiful smile and his hearty laugh. He was "all-in" when caring for his younger family members and always had a lovely twinkle in his eyes while doing so. He loved his family which included his 2 year old mixed chocolate lab, Georgia Alvarez.

Stephen was very creative; he was a musician and an artist.

Although Stephen was deeply loved and loved deeply, he suffered with an all-consuming, insurmountable pain; the despair he endured is unimaginable. The silent epidemic of suicide is a complicated end and has left us marred in significant, painful and permanent ways. He has left us at far too young an age and our lives will never be the same.

Stephen will be remembered for his loving, caring heart, his generosity, intelligence, kindness and warmth, as well as his fears and flaws. He is sorely missed; however, his life has taught us to show kindness, have an openness to talk and more importantly, to listen without judgement. We will remember, we will tell stories, we will hope and we will pray.

He performed so many random acts of kindness never expecting or wanting any glory. In fact, only those closest to him knew he would buy clothes and blankets to hand out to the homeless. He would also randomly give them gift cards to buy food or anything else they needed. He would tell his mom, "I like to give out gift cards so it’s harder to lose. It’s not for me to decide how they should use it​.​" His nephew, Michael, wanted to add "Uncle Stephen was the best uncle and best friend anyone could have." Stephen had his ups and downs, as many of us do. He would be down and despondent one day while suffering with not only mental, but physical pain. The next day - or moment - no one could deny he had a relationship and believed wholeheartedly in God. He knew God’s grace, love and forgiveness were all that mattered.

We take comfort in knowing our precious boy has found his way to the comforting and healing arms of our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and we will be together again one day.

Stephen will be laid to rest next to his grandfather, Lionel Alvarez, at Forest Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, ​please consider donating to the ​A​merican F​oundation for Suicide Prevention ( afsp.org ). Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Compean Funeral Home, 2102 Broadway Blvd., Houston TX 77012. The funeral service will follow 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. A reception will take place immediately after the service in the home of Nancy Alvarez Gonzalez and Marcos Gonzalez, 7634 Southern Street, Houston Texas 77087.​



Stephen Alvarez, 24, Cypress TX, nació el 13 de junio de 1996, entró en eterno descanso la mañana del sábado 27 de febrero del 2021.  A Stephen le sobreviven su padre, Paul Alvarez y esposa Elizabeth Alvarez; su madre, Jessica Garza Bateman y esposo Clint Bateman; hermanos, Adriana Alexandria Alvarez, Joseph Anthony Alvarez, Daniel David Alvarez y Sophia Corinne Alvarez; abuela paterna, Chelo Mata Alvarez; sobrinos, Michael Anthony Alvarez y Alexander Adrian Alvarez; tíos, Rene Alvarez y esposa Kimberly Alvarez, Daryl Alvarez y esposa Alexis Alvarez; tía, Nancy Álvarez González y esposo Marcos González; primo, Noah Alexander Alvarez; muchas tías abuelas, tíos abuelos y un gran numero de parientes y familia extendida.  Le preceden en vida su abuelo paterno, Lionel Alvarez y su abuela materna, Vera Meave Garza.

Stephen tuvo muchos momentos de alegría durante su breve vida y tenía la capacidad de iluminar con su hermosa sonrisa y llenar de carcajadas cualquier lugr en el que entraba. Daba todo de el especialmente cuando cuidaba a los miembros más jóvenes de su familia y siempre tenía un brillo encantador en sus ojos mientras lo hacía. Amaba a su familia, incluyendo su perro labrador mixto color chocolate de 2 años, Georgia Alvarez.

Stephen era creativo; fué músico y artista.

Aunque Stephen fue profundamente amado y sin medida, sufrió de forma inimaginable, y el dolor le fue consumiendo poco a poco.  La epidemia silenciosa del suicidio nos ha dejado marcados de por vida y ha dejado inmenso dolor en nuestros coraznoes.  Nos ha dejado a una edad muy corta y nuestras vidas jamás  volverán a ser las mismas.

Stephen será recordado por su corazón amoroso y afectuoso, su generosidad, inteligencia, amabilidad y calidez, así como por sus miedos y defectos. Lo estrañmos mucho; sin embargo, su vida nos ha enseñado a mostrar bondad, a hablar y expresarnos abiertamente y, lo que es más importante, a escuchar sin juzgar. Recordaremos, contaremos historias, esperaremos y rezaremos.

Realizó tantos actos de bondad al azar sin esperar nada a cambio. De hecho, solo los más cercanos a él sabían que compraría ropa y mantas para repartir entre las personas sin hogar. También les daría al azar tarjetas de regalo para comprar comida o cualquier otra cosa que necesitaran. Le decía a su mamá: "Me gusta regalar tarjetas de regalo, así que es más difícil de perder. No me corresponde a mí decidir cómo deben usarlas".

Su sobrino, Michael, quiso agregar: "El tío Stephen era el mejor tío y el mejor amigo que se podía tener". Stephen tuvo sus altibajos, como muchos de nosotros. Él estaría deprimido y abatido algún día mientras sufría no solo con dolor mental, sino físico. Al día siguiente, o al momento, nadie pudo niegar que tuviera una relación y creyera de todo corazón en Dios.  Sabía que la gracia, el amor y el perdón de Dios eran todo lo que importaba. Nos consuela saber que nuestro precioso niño ha encontrado el camino hacia los brazos reconfortantes y sanadores de nuestro querido Señor y Salvador Jesucristo y que volveremos a estar juntos algún día.

Stephen descansará junto a su abuelo, Lionel Alvarez, en Forest Park Cemetery.

En lugar de flores, considere hacer una donación a la Fundación Estadounidense para la Prevención del Suicidio ( afsp.org ). El velorio se llevará a cabo el sábado 6 de marzo de 2021 de 1 pm a 4pm en La Funeraria Compean, 2102 Broadway Blvd., Houston TX 77012. El servicio fúnebre seguirá de 4pm a 5pm. Una recepción se llevará a cabo inmediatamente después del servicio en la casa de Nancy Álvarez González y Marcos González, 7634 Southern Street, Houston Texas 77087.

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