Apostolos "Paul" Katopodis

July 3, 2022

Apostolos “Paul” Katopodis

Paul Katopodis, of Charlotte, NC passed away Sunday, July 3, 2022 at his vacation home in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, his “Happy Place”! He was surrounded by his loving family. Paul was born in Karya, Lefkada, Greece on February 15, 1937, the son of Dimitrios Katopodis and Ourania Stavrakas. He met the love of his life, Loula Kanos in 1959 and they married on December 10, 1961. Paul is survived by his loving and devoted wife of over 60 years, Loula along with their children: Jimmy Katopodis (Sandy), Kiki Ballas (Nickolas) and Tammy Katopodis. He was Blessed with four Grandchildren, Paul Katopodis, Angelika Ballas, Jaimee Ballas and Sydney Ballas; and Kristi Miller and Jordan Meggs and Great Grandson Davis Meggs. He is survived by his Brothers: Bill Katopodis (Theodoula), Art Katopodis (Olga), Phillip Katopodis (Maria) and Sister: Lula Katopodis (Angelo) and sister in law: Mary Koutsokalis along with many nephews and nieces. He was also predeceased by his sisters: Vickie Mikronis (Spiro), Effie Koucouliotis (George); Andy Koutsokalis and Daniel Meggs.

In 1956, at the age of 19, Paul journeyed to the United States carrying the vast sum of $7 in his pocket. There he met his Uncle and Aunt and Brothers and began a lifelong career in the Restaurant business. Paul’s restaurant ventures began with Greystone Restaurant, followed by Tammy’s Restaurant, Plank House Pizza and Coffey Creek Cafe. He simultaneously began a lifelong love of buying, managing and developing commercial real estate. He had an astute knack for finding opportunities that seemed hidden and leveraging them for greater things. He was an avid and loyal member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral as well as of Panagia Prousiotissa Chapel. He always lended a helping hand in all church and community activities and could be found annually at the Greek Festival singing along with songs as well as creating his own. As one dear friend stated, “Paul may have been a small figure in stature but had a PERSONALITY that was bigger than a House!” Whomever was Blessed to have had Paul cross their life’s path was left with a laugh, a love and an effervescent smile.

Paul and Loula hosted family and friends for over 41 years at their second home in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, which was his place of joy….yet the greatest times and moments of joy, (besides fishing) were sharing time with all of his loving family and friends.

Visitation will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 8, 2022 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral followed by Funeral Services at 11:00 AM.  Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Paul to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Foundation, 600 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 or the Panagia Prousiotissa Chapel at Elatos Park, 124 Jim Parker Road, Monroe, NC 28110.

May His Memory Be Ever Eternal!

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 www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Lauri Pistolis

    May his memory be eternal. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during such a sad time. He was a great man and his legacy lives on with all of you.

  • Jim and Barbara Copses

    Please accept our deepest sympathy….Rest in peace.

  • Peter J. Thevaos

    Ζήτω σε σένα και την οικογένειά σου Λούλα και ας είναι αιωνία η μνήμη του Αποστόλου.

  • Kymra Taylor

    My husband and I are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Paul. We had the pleasure of meeting and talking with him on several occasions, as well as staying at his beautiful beach home with Jimmy and Sandy. Our prayers go up for all of his family! Much love sent their way!

  • Rita

    Sending heartfelt condolences to the entire Katopodis family. May his memory be eternal.
    George and Rita (Gallis) Prassas

  • Marea Katopodis

    I will always love you Theo Paul! You are with LordJesus and the angels now. We will see you again one day!
    Your niece,
    Marea Katopodis

  • Rosa Alvarez

    Our deepest condolences from our family at Lili beauty salon, we’re so sorry for your loss
    Our prayers are with you and your family may God give you comfort and strength in these hard times that you’re going through. To us he was a very special person and will forever be in our hearts.

  • Christine Gallis

    Dear Loula and Family, We extend our heartfelt sympathies to all of you for the loss of your dear husband, father and grandfather. May God bring you peace and comfort in the knowledge that your loved one left you such a beautiful legacy. May he Rest In Peace and May his memory be eternal Nick and Christine Gallis and Family

  • Lisa Shealy

    Thinking you all as you go through this journey with love. Heaven has gained another angel. My heartfelt condolences.

  • Pam and Butch Gillinger

    Our deepest condolences Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow