GASTONIA - George Mentavlos, 99, a long time Gastonia native, entered into eternal rest on the morning of Friday, May 30, 2014.
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Born May 21, 1915, in Karyae (Sparta) Greece, he was the fourth of five children raised by parents Nicholas and Demetra. Like many Greek citizens before him, he migrated to the United States and set-tled in Gastonia. Some years later at a church dance, he would meet Rougenia (Jean) Petchios and in 1941 married and raised four children. For many years he worked in the produce business with Le-ventis, Petchios, Trakas Company. He later became a partner at Sweetland Restaurant in Gastonia. He was a most gentle individual who rarely met a stranger.
Throughout his life, George took pride in his humble beginnings in Greece. His children learned early to "never forget where you come from" and to appreciate the very special opportunities that the United States presented. He would often say proudly that he worked his whole life and was always deeply ap-preciative for the love and support of those relatives who came before him.
Above all was his steadfast devotion to his Lord, Jesus Christ, wife Jean and his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. A long time parishioner of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral on East Boulevard in Charlotte, where he enjoyed singing in the choir. But beyond this, it was his loyal dedica-tion to his wife Jean, during her lengthy illness that really defined his character as a Christian, husband and father.
He is predeceased by his loving wife of sixty years Jean; daughter Maria Holcombe and his parents and siblings in Greece. Surviving are his son, Nicholas G. Mentavlos and wife, Marian of Charlotte; daughter, Tula Collias and husband, George of Charlotte and Bluffton, SC; son, John G. Mentavlos and wife, Mari-an of Charleston SC, seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
A trisagion (prayer) service will be held 7 p.m. Sunday at Hankins & Whittington. The family will re-ceive friends following the service.
Funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2014, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral with interment following in Gaston Memorial Park in Gastonia.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Renovation Fund, 600 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 or St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church 5108 Kuykendall Rd., Charlotte, NC 28270.
Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service 1111 East Blvd. Charlotte, NC.
Please share condolences online at www.hankinsandwhittington.com.
Hankins & Whittington
1111 East Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28203
Published in Gaston Gazette on May 31, 2014