Nick Pete Karras

April 13, 2018

CHARLOTTE - Mr. Nick Pete Karras of Charlotte passed away on April 13, 2018. He was born on December 6, 1925 in Paparousi, Evrytania Greece, moved to Madisonville, Kentucky in 1951, and has lived in Charlotte since 1952.

Little Nick, as he was affectionately called, was a successful restaurateur co-owning Queen’s Restaurant, High Boy Drive In, and The Crimson House. He was a long-time member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, serving on the parish council for 26 years. During that time, he served as vice president of the parish council, treasurer of the building fund committee, chairman of the narthex committee, chairman of the stewardship committee, and after retirement worked as the church building supervisor for four years. In addition, he is fondly remembered for cooking at the Greek Festival and for many Greek weddings and church functions. In his leisure time, he watched the Atlanta Braves and enjoyed gardening and grafting fruit trees. He never met a stranger, made sure to remember everyone’s name, and always looked on the bright side. A true humanitarian, he was a dedicated member of the Evrytanian and Paparousiotison Philanthropic Associations and he will be remembered for his kind and generous spirit.

Little Nick is survived by his loving wife, Dafni Karras, of 62 years, his daughter Loula and her husband Johnny Kontoulas, and his daughter Maria and her husband Johnny Kleto. In addition, he has three grandchildren, Erica Kontoulas, Nicholas Kleto, and Charlie Kleto. He is also survived by two sisters Helen Toufekias and Maria Kostopoulos, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Sunday, April 15 from 6:30-7:30 PM, with the Trisagion following at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, April 16, 2018 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral with Rev. Fr. Vasileios Tsourlis and Fr. Theodore Ehmer officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Building Fund, 600 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC, 28203.

May his memory be eternal. 

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at


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  • Perry & Mary Diamaduros

    Nick was an outstanding member in the community. He always had a smile for everyone and will truly be missed by all.
    May his memory be eternal.

  • Maria Collias

    Because of his character and accomplishments, Nick was a giant. A dear, kind, and gentle man-- a beautiful soul --that all of us who knew him will miss. Deepest, deepest sympathy to Kyria Daphne and all of his family. God rest his soul.

    With love and prayers,
    Nick and Maria Collias

  • Tula and Spiros Pappas & Family

    Our heartfelt condolences to the Loving family of Mr. Nick Karres, his wife Daphne and daughters Loula and Maria and their families.
    We will always remember his kind and gentle spirit. He will greatly be missed in the Charlotte Greek Community. May God rest his soul and his memory be Eternal. Zoe se sas. Love and prayers to all of you.
    Spiros & Tula Pappas and Family

  • Tula and Spiros Pappas &Family

    Our heartfelt condolences to the Loving Family of Mr. Nick Karres, to his wife Daphne, daughters, Loula and Maria and their families. He will always be remembered for his kind and gentle soul. May God grant you strength and comfort, in the days ahead. May his memory be Eternal. Zoe se Sas. ???

  • Peter J. Thevaos

    Adored Nick who was one one of the finest men I have ever known. Always friendly, smiling, happy to see everyone and dedicated to his God, Church and his Family. "μνήμη αιώνια" "και zoi se sas"

  • Steve & Elham Flaherty

    We offer our sincere condolences. May his memory be eternal.