George Fokakis (1924 - 2018)

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GEORGE FOKAKIS George Fokakis passed away peacefully on August 9, 2018. He was born on October 3, 1924, the son of the late Thrasyboulos Fokakis and Evangeline Criticos Fokakis in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He grew up there as part of a large, extended immigrant family even though times were tough during the Depression. They moved to Wilmington during his high school years where he lived the remainder of his life. He served with courage and distinction in WWII as a Sargent in the Pacific Theater with the 32nd Red Arrow Infantry Division. He fought bravely and received commendations for his valor in the Battles for New Guinea, Tarawa and Saidor. From there, he went on to Leyte with his final stop in the Philippines. He was a decorated war hero, and loved sharing amazing stories about his exploits. When he return from the service, he and his brother, Nick, worked together in a number of businesses. He is best known for his time at the Crystal Pier where he, and his brother and sister-in-law, Nick and Sue Fokakis, worked the pier, hotel and later, built a large, beautiful restaurant. Commitment to family was exemplified as he tirelessly cared for his Mother, and helped his nieces and nephews in any way he could—painting, picking up kids, working to open a business—whatever needed to be done, he was willing to help. George was known by many names by those who loved him; Uncle George, Uncle Orggie, Brother George, Friend, and Poppa. His love for family blurred the traditional, as he became a father figure, grandfather and great-grandfather to his lifelong love, Elizabeth Walton's family. His kindness had no bounds and desire for a connection with those around him made him a fierce and dedicated friend. He was always quick to tell a story, laugh, listen to a problem, and willing to give advice when asked. He enjoyed having Friday lunches at Chris's with his friends of Brothers of the Cape Fear Chapter #408, The Order of AHEPA. He loved his church, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and enjoyed the fellowship there and working the Greek Festival. He is survived by his nieces, Karen (Darrel) Foland of Wilmington, Tannie Herbertson of Virginia Beach, Dr. Lynne (John) Maroney of Darlington, SC, Mary Kay Belissary of Darlington, SC and Lisa Leigh (Jeff) Schwartz of Charlotte, NC and nephews, Charlie (Katie) Belissary of Myrtle Beach, George Bacogeorge of Huntersville, NC and Thrace Bacogeorge of Charlotte. He was "Poppa" to his family Toni Walton (Craig Manor), Nichole (James) Martin, and Kayla-Corrinn Wilkins and 6 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held at 12:00 on Saturday, August 11 at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Wilmington, conducted by Father John Emanuelson. Interment will follow in the Oakdale cemetery. A special thanks to Chris and Genie and the staff at Chris's Restaurant for taking delicious, hot meals to George at his home. Also, a special thanks to Lisa Radice who's loving care allowed him to stay at home longer. Thirdly, thank you to the memory care staff at Morningside—they cared for him like family. Memorials might be made to St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 608 South College Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28403. Condolences may be left at www.andrewsmortuary.com Andrews Market Chapel
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Aug. 10 to Aug. 11, 2018
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