George Peter Leventis

March 30, 2022

Mr. Leventis, 90, passed away on March 30, 2022. He was born on September 30, 1931, to the late Peter George Leventis and Barbara Maydanis Leventis in Tarboro NC. “Tarboro” was to become his nickname in the young Greek community of Charlotte NC, where he would spend the remainder of his childhood.

Mr. Leventis attended the Georgia Military Academy (now Woodward Academy) in Atlanta GA, an experience he proudly referred to as “…the next best thing to ever happen to me.” Upon graduation in 1950, further studies were postponed as he enlisted in the United States Navy, 1951. A Commissaryman Seaman USN-1 aboard the USS Fairbault and USS Alstede, Mr. Leventis would share “… the first meal I ever made was Yankee pot roast, combination salad and cherry pie from scratch… I didn’t know what I was doing but with a ship full of hungry sailors, you figured it out fast.” He remained in the service of his country during and in the aftermath of the Korean War, through 1955.

Mr. Leventis began his college studies at Charlotte College (now UNC-Charlotte) before earning his bachelor’s degree at the University of South Carolina, in 1960. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, many of those fraternal friendships enduring for the remainder of his life. After college, Mr. Leventis served as a manufacturer’s representative in the men’s clothing industry before becoming the Food Director of Canteen Corporation. In 1965, he married the former Miss Dianne Azouri of Great Falls SC, his beloved bride of 57 years. Mr. Leventis would frequently and proudly share that Dianne was “…. the best thing that ever happened to me.” After pursuing restaurant businesses in Charlotte and then Myrtle Beach SC, the couple returned to Charlotte and were partners in the busy Law Building Coffee Shop.

Mr. Leventis initiated what became a long and distinguished career as a trusted, loyal and invaluable professional in investments, real estate and insurance. Among his many interests, Mr. Leventis so enjoyed golf with his friends at Carmel County Club, loved the company of his cats and may well be most remembered as a tireless reader and relentless, intrepid seeker of knowledge and wisdom, particularly with regard to matters of history and faith. An impeccable dresser, Mr. Leventis was a lifelong subscriber to good health through fitness, while also finding joy in a dessert with most every dinner meal. A signature big smile and “never having met a stranger”, Mr. Leventis was a stalwart and essential fixture to so very many that will miss him dearly. On behalf of her dear George, Dianne extends her heartfelt thanks to all his wonderful friends and family that stayed by his side until the end of his life and her very special thanks to Dr. Peter N. Copsis for so many years of love and attentive, exceptional medical care.

Mr. Leventis was predeceased by his parents and sister Nellie L. Boudoucies. In addition to his wife Dianne, he is survived by his brother Dr. Sam Rigas (Ann) of Rome GA, sister Sophie L. Kametches of Raleigh NC and sister Christine L. Pfister (Walter) of Charlotte.

A Trisagion Memorial Service will be held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. Mr. Leventis having been interred at a private, graveside service previously, on April 6, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Charlotte Humane Society or Charlotte ASPCA.

George Peter Leventis, 90, of Charlotte, NC died March 30, 2022. Interment will be private. A complete obituary will appear and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

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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  • Nancy Ratcliffe

    Dianne- my deepest sympathy to you and extended family. Georg was one of a kind and so much fun. He brought many laughs to us - what a personality! Thinking of you at this time. Nancy


    We continue to send you our love and prayers at this very difficult time! Our hearts and minds are full of wonderful memories of our daughter's Nouno and our great friend!
    Much love,
    Tula and George Collias and Family

  • Jim Miller

    Dianne - I just heard the news from Chris Miller - I'm so sorry for your loss.

  • Marie Mitchell

    Dianne, my condolences on your loss!! Keep me informed re services, etc.


  • Joe&Bert Bistany

    So many years have passed from the Great Falls days to the present.We are truly sorry to learn of your lose.Our prayers are with you Diane and family
    during this sad time.Joe &Bert Bistany.

  • Wayne Cashion

    I called him Gorgeous George and he called Plain Wayne. Great friend. Always enjoyed his birthday card wishes. Will miss him!

  • Kathy Katopodis and Family

    Our deepest sympathy to you Diane and Family. George was a caring, humorous and optimistic person who will be dearly missed. May his memory be eternal.

  • Kathy Katopodis

    Our deepest sympathy to you Diane and family. George was an optimistic and caring and humorous person. He will be sincerely missed. May his memory be enternal.

  • Chase Saunders

    Carolyn and I would like to express our deepest condolences to you and your family. George was a good and great man whose congeniality, humor, and good will contributed to the quality of life of all of the folks in Charlotte whose days he brightened! I and we enjoyed the time we spent with him and with you both. George will be long and fondly remembered by everyone fortunate enough to cross his path.

  • Georgia Andrews

    Our deepest sympathy to you Diane. George was a wonderful person. May his memory be eternal.

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