John Demosthenes Malatras

January 28, 2022

CHARLOTTE – John Demosthenes Malatras passed away on Friday, January 28th, 2022.   He is now rejoined with his lovely daughter, Toni Elizabeth who predeceased him. 

John was born and raised in Washington D.C.  He loved his Greek Orthodox faith and was an altar boy at Saints Constantine and Helen through the 1940s.  John had the great opportunity to serve as an altar boy and be blessed by Athenagoras, the late Archbishop and Patriarch of Constantinople.  John served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.  He came to Charlotte in 1970 with his family and joined Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral.  John served many years on the Parish Council, five of which were as president.  He also co-chaired the Yiasou Greek Festival for more than twelve years.  John was recognized for his outstanding service to the church by becoming an Archon of the order of Saint Andrew the Apostle by Archbishop Spyridon and Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.  This is the highest honor a lay person can receive in the Orthodox Church.

John was a kind and loving man that will be dearly missed.

John is survived by his lovely and gracious wife of sixty-five years, Lucille Helen;  his son, Mark Demosthenes Malatras and his wife, Christine;  grandchildren, John Demosthenes Malatras and Katherine Elizabeth Malatras.  He is also survived by his sister, Lula Strachan and many nephews and nieces.  John was predeceased by his parents, Demosthenes A. and Malamo Malatras; sisters, Alexandra Thornberg, Louise Kokenes, Amalia Collier; brother, Ted Malatras and brother-in-law, Steve Kokenes.

Funeral Services for John will be 1:00 PM on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Charlotte with Rev. Dr. Jonathan Resmini officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will follow at Sharon Memorial Park.  At the request of the family all those in attendance are asked to please wear a mask.  The service will also be livestreamed at for those unable to attend in person. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered in memory of John to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Attn: Foundation or Main Altar Restoration Fund, 600 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203.

May His Memory Be Eternal.

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

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  • Faye Castle

    I was one of the caregivers for Mr. John, and was glad that I was able to help with his care. My condolences go out to his wife, Helen and son Mark and family. I am praying for strength for them during this difficult time. Faye Castle

  • Stacy Kirk White

    I am sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Perry and Mary Diamaduros

    Our deepest sympathy on our good friend John. He will missed by many. Sincerely, Perry and Mary Diamaduros

  • Peter J. Thevaos

    May John's Memory Be Eternal and "Zoe Se Sas" To His Family And Extended Family.

  • Nick Kantsios

    So sorry to learn of John's passing. He was a kind and generous man who showed a passion for the church and it's members. He will be missed. May his memory be eternal.

  • Sue and Bob Smith

    Our sincere condolences to the family. We are so sorry to hear about John. He will certainly be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Sue, Bob, and Maxine

  • Teresa Jacob

    My prayers are with the family. May his memory be eternal.

  • Silva Kolja Awaimrin

    Memory Eternal!
    My Condolences to you and the family.

  • Jim and Barbara Copses

    Please accept our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy on the passing of John….Rest in peace…God Bless.

  • Frank Jones

    Always enjoyed seeing and talking with John at the Open Kitchen.
    We rejoice with the family in John's homecoming;
    We shed tears of sorrow with you for your loss;
    We lift you up in our hearts for peace and comfort;
    And pray that each day gets better and better.

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