George John Velonis

April 18, 2022

CHARLOTTE – George John Velonis, 89, of Charlotte, NC, passed away peacefully at home with his wife and daughters by his side on Monday, April 18, 2022.   

Born on May 1, 1932 in Aliquippa, PA to John George Velonis and Mary Panagiotou Velonis, the family moved to Greensboro in 1946. Upon graduating from Guilford College, he served in the United States Army during the Korean War (in his words, “fighting the battle of Waikiki every weekend”) and earned his MBA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  An exuberant stockbroker until retiring in 2002, he deeply valued his genuine relationships with his clients and exemplified an old-school personal touch. 

George loved life’s humble pleasures – a swim in the ocean, sharing a hot stock tip, the cafeteria “where you can get what you want”, dancing with his girls to big band classics or “Samiotisa”, and second helpings of dessert.  Prior to the progression of his dementia, you could find him six days a week on the treadmill at the JCC gym or catching up on the latest financial news at the Morrison Regional Library. 

His legacy of kindness, integrity and devotion to family will live on through his wife of forty-six years, Pauline Paliouras Velonis; daughters, Marianne George Velonis and Suzanne George Velonis and his sister, Chris Miller.  Also surviving are his nephews, John Miller and his wife, Cheryl of Matthews, George Miller of Charlotte, Evan Miller of Charlotte and Christopher Miller and his wife, Katy of Columbia, SC; the Paliouras and Poulos families and godsons, Jim Meletiou and George Vahamikos.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 PM on Monday, April 25, 2022 the feast day of Saint George, at Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church, 5108 Kuykendall Road, Charlotte, NC with interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery.  The family will greet friends an hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be offered in memory of George to your favorite library or Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, PO Box 470408, Charlotte, NC 28247 (

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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  • Deacon George Politis

    Please accept my deepest sympathy. May the Lord rest the soul of His servant George among His Saints and may the Lord comfort you. Memory eternal.

  • Bess Stassinos Gurley

    George was my stockbroker for years. He was always a joy to be around. Pauline, Chris and family, so sorry for your loss. May his memory be eternal.

  • Lila Frye

    I remember George from the Interstate Securities days on S. Tryon Street. George would stop by the cage area to speak to us. My sincere condolences to the family.

  • Kelly Weaver

    My sincere condolences to Pauline and the girls on George's passing. He was one of my all-time favorites during my days at Interstate/Johnson Lane. I think it is perfect that his service is on the same day as the feast of Saint George given many of the times I spent with George were spent bring introduced to the Greek restaurant scene in downtown Charlotte during my early years in the investment business. I always get a smile on my face when thinking of George. He was a terrific individual and left an indelible impact on many of us young brokers in the bullpen at I/JL.

    καλή επιτυχία George,
    Kelly Weaver

  • Young at Heart

    We will really miss George! Especially his War stories. With our deepest condolences and sympathy we send to His family. May he Rest In Peace!

  • Georgia Duncan

    My heartfelt sympathies to all of you. He was such a good man. Duke truly enjoyed talks with him.
    May his Memory be Eternal.

  • Jimmy and Barbara Copses

    Please accept our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy on the passing of George…a wonderful man..Rest in peace,

  • John & Aileen Pandapas

    Sorry to hear of George's passing and I miss you all
    over the years but health in the family make it hard
    to tarvle but I am sorry for your loss.
    As Ever, John & Aileen


    Our deepest sympathy to the Velonis family! May his memory be eternal!
    George and Tula Collias and Family

  • Maria Collias

    Always a gentleman: kind, courteous, and fun.
    Sending love and prayers to his family and friends.
    Maria L. Collias