Nick H. Katapodis
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Nick H. Katapodis
  • May 21, 1932 - February 28, 2017
  • Sandy Spgs, Georgia

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Nick Harry Katapodis, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 after his two and half year struggle with dementia. Born on May 21, 1932 in Birmingham, Alabama, he lived his life with integrity and possessed a strong work ethic, as well high moral standards, virtues taught by his parents, Haralabos and Angeliki Katapodis. His family left the island of Lefkada, Greece and immigrated to the US by way of Havana, Cuba en route to Ellis Island in 1907, before they finally settled in Alabama to raise their son. Nick graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1955. Katapodis obtained his BS in Business Administration and went on to pursue a career as a bank executive. Prior to that, Nick earned a commission in the U.S. Army through the ROTC program in Alabama and served active duty at Fort Lee Virginia. He served until June 1956 and was honorably discharged with the rank of First Lieutenant. During his time in Virginia, Nick met his beloved wife, Frances Kustos, in Richmond, and were married on February 24, 1957 in South Hill, Virginia and recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. After returning to Birmingham, Nick continued to serve in the U.S. Army Reserve as an instructor for 14 years and attained the rank of Captain, before moving to Atlanta to the purchase of the Rose Bowl Restaurant until 1972 when he went to work at Wachovia in their retail/credit card division, retiring in 1994. While living in Atlanta, Nick diligently focused on helping a number of causes close to his heart. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral for 16 years, including acting as the board’s Treasurer and Hellenic Festival, Finance Chairman. Nick also served as Treasurer of the Archdiocese for the southeastern United States. Additionally, he was on the Board of Directors for the Hellenic Towers. Katapodis was also elected President of the Evrytanian Association of America “Velouchi” and served as a member of the Danaos Society. He was also a loyal member of AHEPA, the American Hellenic and Educational Progressive Association. Moreover, Nick was a huge supporter/donor of the Diakonia Retreat Center. Katapodis cared about young people and mentored them on behalf of Junior Achievement and as a basketball coach for the Greek Orthodox Youth Association. He was an active volunteer at the Dorothy Benson Center in Sandy Springs, Georgia as well as doing mission work for the homeless at St. John’s Greek Orthodox ministries. As a result of his religious devotion to Christ, he was selected to be a member of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, which is comprised of Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Nick Katapodis leaves behind a wonderful Greek Orthodox Christian legacy for his loving wife, Frances Katapodis, his son and daughter-in law, Harry and Tasia Katapodis, his daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Pano Kordonis, as well as his four respectful grandchildren, Nicole, Paulina, Frank, and Harrison who adored their grandfather, as they fondly remember their enchanted visits to Chuckie Cheese. Additionally, he leaves his three sister-in-laws and two brother-in-laws, Nickie, Vivian, Paula, Dino, and George and multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins, in addition to several godchildren. Visitation will take place at H. M. Patterson & Son - Oglethorpe Hill Chapel in Brookhaven on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. with the Trisagion Service to follow at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Clairmont Road. Burial services will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham, Alabama. In lieu of flowers, please send all memorial donations to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral - 2500 Claremont RD NE Atlanta GA 30329, Diakonia Retreat Center - Chapel at 455 Quail Ridge Road, Salem, South Carolina, 29676 or the Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at 1762 Clifton Road, NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30322.