John Phillip Triantis

February 19, 2021

CHARLOTTE – John Phillip Triantis left on his final journey to be with our Lord on Friday, February 19, 2021. He was born May 17, 1929 to the late Phillip and Spiridoula Triantis in Marathia, Greece.

John came to America at the age of 16 and reunited with the love of his life Paraskevi Karras, whom he married on February 24, 1952.  Together, they settled in Charlotte, NC and raised their family of five children. John was proud of his service in the military at Fort Jackson where he learned to cook for a crowd.  He was a dedicated member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral where he put his talents to good use cooking for countless weddings, festivals, funerals and many other events at the church.  

John loved sports and coached little league baseball and girls softball for the church, going so far as taking his teams to Atlanta for a Braves game.  He owned several restaurants during his lifetime including the Clock Drive-In, Babe Malloy’s and Bob’s Family Restaurant in Midland where he became a beloved member of that community.  John was a member of the Masonic Lodge # 261 Excelsior.  

John was an avid gardener and supplied his neighborhood with an abundance of tomatoes and vegetables each summer.  He enjoyed playing golf in his early years and later his weekly card games with his friends. John’s philosophy of life was simple... put your faith in God, love and provide for your family and be charitable to those less fortunate.

John is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years Paraskevi (Voula); children, Maria Triantis, Nick Triantis and his wife, Kim, Phillip Triantis and his wife, Elaine, Frances Tsiabassis and her husband, Bobby and Stefanie Oxendine and her husband Bruce.  He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Alexa Richards and her husband, James, Leah Tsiabassis, Jonathan Triantis, Alex Triantis, and Evy Oxendine; two great- grandchildren, Barrett Michael and Riley Phillip Richards; brother-in-law, John Polites; five godchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Trifon and his sister, Lemonia Polites.

John may have been small in stature, but he was always bigger than life!!

Funeral services for John will be held at 12:00 PM on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of John (whose father was a devoted chanter) to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Attn: Chanter Stand Fund, 600 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203.

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

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  • Maria Collias

    No matter what was happening at the church, John was there to help. What a generous and kind man. Deepest Sympathy, love and prayers to his family and friends.
    Maria Collias

  • Peter J. Thevaos

    I have known the Triantis family for most of my life. I offer my sincerest sympathies to Voula, children and extended families. "Zoi Se Sas" to all of you and "May John's Memory Be Eternal."

    Peter J. Thevaos

  • Peter Calomeris

    Very sorry for your loss. The Triantis family was separated many years ago when my grandfather Nick moved to DC but you will always be in our hearts

  • Jenny Formon

    It was always a great day to stand next to Popul to watch a softball game....South Park, travel, AG and Myers Park. He loved to get on the umpires, question the coaches decisions and give pointers. I am happy to have known him and for his love to my own children.

  • Safwat Wassef

    Our condolences to the family and we ask our lord to repose his soul in heaven.

  • Dawn Hubbs

    John was a wonderful neighbor and an extremely generous friend. Deepest sympathy to his family.

  • Steve Flaherty

    I'm sorry for the family's loss, especially to Nick & Kim and MIFrances & Bobby. May his memory be eternal.

  • Rhonda Gordon

    I cared for vula john wife in 2019 because I couldn't speak greek vula allways welcome me with a hug and a smile mr john was a pleasant man I could never forget I loved his garden and how he took pride in his garden and how he loved his vula and his family I thku u all for allowing me to taking care of mom and enjoying them both prayers are with you all

  • Tess Gianiks

    John Triantis, a man of integrity, dedication and kindness. A coach who was present, listened and who taught us the greatness of sportsmanship. My deepest condolences to the Triantis Family.

  • Richard V. Anderson

    Nick, I was deeply saddened to read of your father's death. It would seem, however, that he lived a full and rich life, and that he gave to us a very talented son who makes his customers look better than they have any right to. I look forward to our next appointment on the Ides of March. With warm regards, Richard

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