October 10, 1933 – August 31, 2020
Demetrios Angelo Bakis, 86, passed peacefully in his home in Mooresville, NC, on the 31st of August, 2020, after battling Kidney Disease.
He came to America at the age of 3 and lived in Marion, SC, where the family had a restaurant, one of the first of its kind featured on early USA highway maps. Later, moving to Charlotte, NC, where he went to school and repeated the first grade, the first year to learn, the second year to teach his mother the English language. He was a 1952 graduate of Central High School, Charlotte. Upon graduation, he went straight into the US Air Force and served four years during the Korean War Era flying the F86 Sabre and later earning his bachelor’s in Business from UNC. He was married with two children. While working for Van Ness at Cotswold Mall in Charlotte was approached with a position in Pharmaceuticals that would span 40+ years, making him #1 out of 800 representatives and reaching Hall of Fame Status in his company. Remarried in 83′ and later moved to Mooresville, where he retired.
In the later years, he enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow and evolve. He was an avid angler and fisherman and enjoyed traveling the world, including visits to his hometown in Greece. He was preceded in death by his father, Angel Chris Bakis, his mother, Penelope Zormpala Bakis, his sister, Elizabeth Bakis Harakas, and an infant brother Chris. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl of Mooresville, NC two sons: Chris of Charlotte, NC and Jamie of Point Harbor, NC, and two grandchildren: USAF Tsgt. Nick Bakis of Stanley, NC and Stephanie Bakis of Newton, NC and his sister, Frances Bakis Pistolis of Greenville, SC.
The Bakis Family will receive friends from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Ellington Funeral Services on Thursday evening, the 3rd of September, 2020. The Trisagion Service will be held Thursday, the 3rd of September, 2020, at 7:00 PM at the funeral home. The funeral service will be held Friday the 4th of September, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Holy Trinity Greek Othodox Cathedral in Charlotte, NC. Burial with military honors will immediately follow the funeral service at Evergreen Cemetery on Central Avenue in Charlotte, NC.
The family would like to thank Lake Norman Medical Group’s Dr. Aubrey Calhoun and his staff for all of the care and support during his illness with Kidney Disease. They also wish to thank Iredell Hospice and Palliative Care’s Nurse Kyle Haynes, Dr. Catherine Carnes, and Nurse Robin Kline for all of their help, support, and kindness to Jim and the family during this tough time.
In Lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that contributions be made to the Pew Renovation at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Charlotte, NC.
May his memory be eternal.
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