Mary Chris Koutsogeorgas

February 10, 2020

CHARLOTTE – Mary Chris Koutsogeorgas, 97, of Charlotte, passed away Monday, February 10, 2020. She was born July 31, 1922 in Chester, SC, daughter of the late Chris G. and Paraskevi Siarris Koutsogeorgas, natives of Arahova, Sparta, Greece.

Mary moved to Laurens, SC with her family in 1924. At a very young age, she began managing her family’s business, Laurens Candy Kitchen. Upon moving to Charlotte in 1948 with her family, Mary became a cashier and buyer for Ship-O-Hoy Restaurant in downtown Charlotte. From there, Mary worked for 32 years, before retiring in 1992, as accounts payable supervisor for Ivey’s Dept. Store, now known as Dillard’s.

A great admirer of film and stage, Mary greatly enjoyed both local theatre productions and traveling to Broadway in NYC. After her retirement, she took great joy in spending time with family and friends, some of whom she helped settle in America after their arrival from Greece. She was an exceptional cook. She was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

Mary is survived by her brother, George Koutsogeorgas and wife, Patsy; niece, Paula Duringer; nephew, Chris Koutsogeorgas; and great-nephews, Lucas and Wyatt Duringer. She was predeceased by her sisters, JoAnna and Christine Koutsogeorgas, and great-niece, Chloe Duringer.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 AM on Friday, February 14, 2020 with the funeral service following at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203.

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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  • Vivian Couchell Bacalis

    George and Patsy,
    Fr. Nick and I were so saddened to learn of the passing of both of your dear sisters, Christine and Mary, just a couple of weeks apart!! Mary left us on the second anniversary of my mother, Tasia’s death. I can just imagine the joyful reunion with all our departed dear ones!!

    George, I have fond childhood memories in your beautiful family home on East Boulevard— the generous and warm hospitality of
    your parents whom we called Θείο Χρήστο and Θεία Χρήστενα! Your family helped us acclimate in our new home in America and your mother was a beloved mentor to mine. Mary and Christine were beautiful, kind, gracious,cultured, well spoken, southern ladies!
    And the more gregarious, full of life, JoAnna got me my first executive secretarial job! I am thankful for those happy memories and pray that you and your family find comfort in your own special remembrances!

    May our Lord grace you with His strength, comfort, and peace at this time of great loss; and may Maty’s and Christin’s memory be eternal!!

    With deepest sympathy and love,
    In Christ,

    Vivian and Fr. Nick Bacalis
    Richmond, VA