Charles (Charlie) J. Stamos, 86, peacefully entered into eternal rest with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 24, 2014.|
Charlie was a devoted husband and father who inspired everyone he touched. Born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, Charlie grew up with and later married the love of his life, Maria. They were lovingly married for nearly 60 years.
In 1948, Charlie graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering. He was a lifelong, loyal Aggie and enjoyed watching Aggie football with his family and friends. Charlie began working as a Petroleum Engineer for the State of Texas and subsequently joined Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company in Houston, serving in various management positions, until he retired after 35 years with the company.
Charlie kept his Orthodox Christian faith at the center of his life and lovingly worked for and supported the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral (AGOC). He was a former AGOC parish council president, chairman of the Annual Greek Festival, instrumental in developing the Greek Orthodox Community Center, a representative at numerous national Greek Orthodox Clergy Laity conferences, and passionate supporter of the many ministries of AGOC. Everyone fortunate enough to know Charlie, will attest to his bigger than life personality, optimism, and all around love of life for those around him.
Charlie is preceded in death by his parents, James and Kalliopi Stamos, his brother Manuel Stamos, and his loving wife, Maria Stamos. He is survived by his sons James Stamos and John Stamos, Charlie's brother, James and his wife Mim, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on Monday, April 28, 2014, from five until seven o'clock in the evening with Trisagion Prayers at half past six o'clock at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3511 Yoakum Blvd. The funeral service will be held at noon the following day, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Rev. Economos Michael J. Lambakis will officiate. Pallbearers for the service are George Grivon, Michael Grivon, George Hritcko, John Hritcko, Reggie Johnson, Chris John Nickolas, and Ken Nickolas. Honorary Pallbearers are Jim Bellos, Chris Nickolas, Spiro Pappas and Paul Voinis. Burial will follow at Forest Park Westheimer.
The family would like to thank Carla Hollingquest for the loving care that she gave to both Charlie and Maria.
In lieu of customary remembrances, donations may be made to Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, Massachusetts 02445.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 27, 2014