Fr. Tommy Vlahos

January 3, 2019

CHARLOTTE ā€“  Fr. Tommy Vlahos, 80, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020.  He was born in Stenoma, Evritanias Greece on November 17, 1939, son of the late Fotini and Deonisios Vlahos.  Fr. Tommy was married on June 2, 1968 in Greece and moved to Fayetteville, NC shortly afterwards.  He worked for a few family restaurants in Fayetteville before moving to Charlotte in 1972 where he eventually opened Sedgefield Restaurant.  In 1977, Fr. Tommy moved back to Greece with his family to continue his education to become a priest.  In 1981, he moved back to Charlotte to become the parish priest for Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral where he served until his retirement in 2006.  After his retirement, he still spent most of his time at Holy Trinity assisting the other priests and chanting during the services.  In his free time Fr. Tommy enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family and friends.  He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who touched the lives of many in the Charlotte community.

Fr. Tommy is survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Presbytera Ioanna Vlahos; children, Danny Vlahos and wife, Sandy and Fay Zaharopoulos and husband, George; grandchildren, Taxe, Panos and Demi Vlahos, Jenny and Kostas Zaharopoulos.  He is also survived by his nieces, Kikie Manalis and husband, George, their daughter, Nasia, and Faye Kefalas and husband, Danny.  He was predeceased by his sisters, Maria Triantafillis and husband, Spero, and Nikie Delenikas and husband, Kostas.

Visitation will be from 6:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, with a Trisagion Service at 7:00 pm at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Charlotte.  Funeral Services for Fr. Tommy will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 beginning with Orthros at 8:45 AM followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30 AM. The Funeral will follow at 11:00 AM officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, Fr. Vasileios Tsourlis, Fr. Christian Siskos, local priests and Deacon George Politis.  Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. The family will greet family and friends following the interment at Holy Trinity in Father ā€œCā€ Hall.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Taxe and Panos Vlahos, his nephews, Giorgos Manalis, Danny Kefalas, Nick Ballas and Gus Pappas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral or Panagia Prousiotissa Chapel at Elatos Park c/o Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 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 can be shared at



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  • Mr. And mrs. Augustine Kizis

    Deepest condolences,
    Father Tommy Vlahos touched our lives in so many ways. He truly was an exceptional servent of God. He is now in his arms. Love and prayers to his family, friends and our Greek Orthodox community

  • Jim and Barbara Copses

    Please accept our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy of a wonderful man and truly a man of God.Rest in meant so much to our family.

  • James & London Zogzas

    We are saddened to hear of his passing.
    He was so wonderful, kind and caring.
    I have great memories of him.
    Heaven has gained another angel.
    May his memory be eternal.

  • Heather Guard

    Fr. Tommy was such a heartwarming, kind soul. He welcomed you with open arms and a warm heart. May your memory be eternal.

  • Dina koutsoupias

    Fr. tell me was an amazing priest he will truly be missed always enjoyed conversations with him always enjoyed him preaching at church teaching Sunday school when we were kids . He had an amazing voice and always kept our orthodox traditions in tact ! Just an amazing person I will truly truly miss him . May his memory be eternal !

  • Maria Collias

    Deepest, deepest sympathy on the passing of Father Tommy. My family will always remember his kindness, loving support, humor, and Christ-like example. He helped so many people. God rest his soul. Sending love and prayers for his family.