Pamela Karres Dizes

July 27, 2019

CHARLOTTE - Pamela Karres Dizes fell asleep in our Resurrected Lord, Jesus Christ, on Saturday July 27, 2019. Pamela was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 27, 1962 to her parents Theodore A. Karres and Demetra V. Karres of Karyes and Sparta Greece respectively. Her parents moved the family to Charlotte in 1966.

Pamela attended the schools of Cotswold Elementary, Randolph Junior High and East Mecklenburg High. At East Mecklenburg she participated in Junior Achievement and various school organizations and programs. While growing up in Charlotte, she worked at the family restaurant of Mr. K’s Soft Ice Cream and Hamburgers and was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral where she worshipped and attended Sunday School, Greek School, GOYA and girls’ basketball.

Upon graduating from East Mecklenburg High School in 1981, Pamela was admitted to North Carolina State University in Raleigh where she became a big fan of the Wolfpack. She graduated from North Carolina State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in Business and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and thereafter lived in Raleigh, worked in the Triangle Area, attended Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Raleigh where she worshiped and taught Sunday School.

In 1994, Pamela returned to Charlotte, to take over the family restaurant with her brother, George T. Karres upon their father’s retirement. On December 27, 1997, Pamela married George Louis Dizes who was born in Toronto, Canada and who later became a United States Citizen. They later took ownership of the family restaurant where they worked side by side every day. Together they had two children, Louis and Mimi Dizes. Pamela and George raised their children in the Orthodox Christian faith and are members of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Charlotte, where Pamela also taught Sunday School and participated in different church organizations. Pamela’s greatest joy and strength came from her family.

In 2000 Pamela was diagnosed with breast cancer with reoccurrences in 2007 and February 2015. In 2015, the cancer had become metastatic. She received treatments at the Levine Cancer Institute. She was very grateful for the care and attention she received from her Oncologist, Dr. Antoinette Tan, the surgeons, and all the nurses and staff members. They helped her fight against cancer for nineteen years.

Pamela is survived by her loving husband, George L. Dizes, and her incredible children, Louis and Mimi. She is also remembered by her parents, Theodore A. and Demetra V. Karres; her two brothers, Andrew T. Karres and George T. Karres and his wife, Valerie Kiki Karres; niece and nephews, Demetra, Theodore and Andrew Karres; Pamela’s in-laws Louis G. Dizes and Anastasia Dizes; sisters-in-law, Olga Dizes and Stella Ekonomides and her son, Chris Ekonomides and many other family members in Canada, Greece, California, Illinois and Charlotte.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC with a Trisagion held at 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the Cathedral. The family will again receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

Pamela humbly requested that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Levine Cancer Institute, c/o Atrium Health Foundation, 208 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 or Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Renovation Fund in Charlotte, NC.

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


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  • Alice Reon

    I am sorry for your loss George and family. I always loved Pam’s sweet personality and how she always remembered my name. I will be praying for your family as you figure out life without her. She is with her Heavenly Father now and no longer in pain. We have the promise of being together again and that is what we hold onto. Praying for all of you.

  • Jerri Holevas

    Pam will forever remain in my heart. She was an inspiration to all. May her memory be eternal.

  • carol

    Sweet so many ways an inspiration. I know that your strength came from our Lord and your blessed family. I'm humbled and so grateful that you touched my life. Love and prayers for you.

  • Mike Shrader

    I send my deepest heartfelt condolences to you all in this sad time. I’ve visited Mr. Ks since for over 40 years. You all are such a beautiful, kind family! Peace and love to you all during this tough time. I will always remember Pam and her kind smile. May she rest in God’s peace.

  • Maria Collias

    Deepest sympathy. Pam was a real fighter...God rest her soul...and give His Grace to her grieving family and friends. Sending love and prayers.
    Maria Collias

  • Stella Dizes

    Sending love and condolences to George, Mimi, Louis and my entire family in Charlotte. I will always have fond memories of the times I came to Charlotte to visit with my family and I would share my Cousin Pam's room where we would stay up late talking, laughing and sharing our dreams for the future. May you rest peacefully my sweet cousin in the arms of our Lord. Love you.