ANDERSON, SC - James J “Jimmy” Stathakis, age 82 , of Anderson, SC died on February 7, 2013.
James was born in Gastonia, NC to the late Alexandria and John P. Stathakis but moved to Anderson as a young child. Jimmy was married to the deceased Despo P. Stathakis and is survived by his sons William J. and John J. who is married to Diann Pelias with three beloved grandsons, James J, Gerald J, William J. all of Anderson. He was predeceased in death by his brother, Pete J. Stathakis and survived by two sisters, Mary S. Raftakis of Anderson and Ellen S. Coclin of Orange , CT as well as many nieces and nephews who shared in his kindness and love. Jimmy was a faithful member of the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Greenville SC and also supported the Paracletos Monastery in Antreville.
Jimmy graduated from Boys High School and was a proud member of the Class of 1948 with many enduring friendships. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, stationed in Vienna, Austria. He was a local Realtor, businessman and community volunteer until his death. He was owner of the first Pete’s Drive Inn No.5 in Anderson, Stathakis Realty Company, and for most of his adult life James J. Stathakis Liquor Store. His community activities included serving on Anderson City Council, Jaycees, as Past President, Mid Day Lions, Karyae Park, Anderson Board of Realtors, as Past President, the Elks Club, the Masons, and Shriners, past board member of the North Georgia College Foundation, the St. George Church Parish Council and was a Commissioner and Chairman for many years on the South Carolina Highway Commission. In most of these organizations he held various leadership roles always giving of his time and energy when asked. Through the Board of Realtors he led the Dogwood Planting Campaign of Anderson. He was also active in the Greek Festival of Anderson as a founder and one of its most ardent supporters.
A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Grace Episcopal Church in Anderson with Reverend Father Tom Pistolis as Officiate . Interment will follow at New Silver Brook Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Friday, February 8, 2013 at The McDougald Funeral Home, Anderson, SC. The Trisagion will be at 7:00 PM on Friday.
Flowers are optional, or memorials in his memory to the Building Fund, St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral , 406 North Academy Street, Greenville, SC 29601
A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com