The Reverend George Demetrios Kontos died peacefully in Baton Rouge, Louisiana surrounded by his family on Saturday, February 1, 2014. He was 70 years old. He was born in Waycross, Georgia in 1943 into a family of proud Greek heritage. He graduated from the University of Georgia, and the General Theological Seminary in New York City, and was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1969. Father George (as he was commonly called) also graduated from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington D.C. His passion for teaching spiritual formation took him all over the country. This devotion for deepening spiritual life culminated in the development of the St. James Episcopal Center for Spiritual Formation in Baton Rouge, La where he served for 12 years. He was Rector of St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Innis, LA, and served as Rector of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Tallahassee, FL and a number of other parishes in Georgia, Florida and Louisiana for more than 45 years. His four life-passions were the love of his Lord, his family, his Greek heritage and college football. His loving heart was torn in three directions: the University of Georgia, Florida State University and Louisiana State University. He is survived by his wife Theresa; his children, Elizabeth (Hilton) Hightower, Tallahassee, Florida; Tassie (Mike) Sheridan, Tallahassee; Jimmy (Ashley) Kontos, St. Petersburg, Florida; granddaughters Sophia, Ava and Lily Hightower, Tallahassee, FL; and grandson George D. Kontos, St. Petersburg; his sisters Anastasia Kontos, Savannah, GA; Kathy Kontos, and Irene (Marion) Shadron, both of Waycross, GA, and much beloved extended family. Father George was preceded in death by his parents Jimmy and Tassie Kontos, his sister Virginia Kontos, and his nephew Michael Shadron. Memorial services for Father George are in Innis, LA at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11am and in Tallahassee, FL at St. John's Episcopal Church on Tuesday February 11, 2014 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in his name be made to Holy Comforter Episcopal Church and Day School, 2001 Fleischmann Road Tallahassee, Florida 32308.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Feb. 3 to Feb. 5, 2014