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Mr. Alexander "Greek" Athas Obituary


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“I felt Coach Athas was the best man that I ever met in my entire life. I enjoyed being a student of his and friends of his daughter Deborah and Steve...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Carolyn Jean Wharton-Bonck - LA

“Bill and I are so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Our prayers are with you, your mom and the rest of your family in this time of sorrow. His...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Pam and Bill Phillpott - Metairie, LA

“I was sorry to read that Coach Athas passed away upon my return from our second home in Tennessee. He was an important mentor to me and the first...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Johnny Carr - New Orleans, LA

“Athas Family, We are sorry for your loss. We hope you find comfort in that your dad's struggle is over. May you find peace and go forward with your...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Terry and Joe DiSalvo - Metairie, LA

“Alex ,We are so sorry for your loss. We didn't know if we had we would of been there for you . We just found out Sunday night . We will keep you in...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Sharon Lang & Lorraine Aufrecht - LA

“Dear Nancy & family, Our Deepest Sympathies go out to your entire family. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Bon Kontaxis & Athena Kontaxis - LA

“Our sincere condolences to you, Alex, and your family during this time of loss.You are all in our thoughts and prayers to comfort you.It was an honor...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Danny Curole - Metairie, LA

“Would express Sympathy and Deep Regret to the Athis Family. S J McGrew TU 76' ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Samuel J McGrew - Metairie, LA

“May 2, 2009 Dear Aunt Nancy, Alex, Debbie, and Steve, We will miss Uncle Alex, and we believe he is in heaven now with the angels and our Lord. I...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Sophia Kogos Hashek - Kenner, LA

“Coach Athas was not only a good coach but a man of strong character and determination. His strength to overcome events in his life were an...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Ronald Legendre - Georgetown, TX

“Debbie, I am so sorry to hear that such an active man has succumbed to such a dreadful disease. He must have been fun to be with. You are in my...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Linda Ryan - Hammond, LA

“I would like to send my condolences to the entire family of coach Alex. 1966 will be a year i will always remember in his class. Alex jr if you dont...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: BLAISE CORRER0 - slidell, LA

“Alex, We send our thoughts to you and your family at this time for the loss of your father. I know that the love and support your family has for each...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Maureen McKenzie and Allen Dufrene - LA

“I was saddened to hear of Greek's passing. He was a kind, giving person....except when you missed a layup at practice! On behalf of my wife, my son...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Mike McGill - Metairie, LA


Alexander “Greek” Athas, 86, passed on to our Lord and Savior at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born on October 6, 1922, he was the son of Peter Athanasopoulos (Athas) and Eugenia Poulos Athas. Alex was a three sport letterman (football, basketball and track) at Warren Easton and a four year letterman at Tulane (basketball and track). He was a three time All-Southeastern Conference basketball selection at Tulane University. Alex was also inducted into the Louisiana, City of New Orleans, Tulane, AHEPA and Warren Easton Halls of Fame. He served his country as a Petty Officer in World War II in the United States Navy in the Pacific theatre at the battle of Okinawa. “Greek” played professional basketball in the ABL at Kansas City, Utica and Elmira, New York where he met his wife of 57 years, Nancy. Over a 35 year period he taught and coached basketball, track and football at Warren Easton High School. He was a proud member of the Greek Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral and the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA).
Alex Athas is survived by his wife, Nancy Titus Athas, son Alex Athas (Karen), daughter Deborah Dardis and son Stephen Athas, four grandchildren, Alex (Holly) Athas, Christian Athas, Peter (Molly) Athas and Nancy Dardis, two great-grandchildren Drake and Branson Athas, numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Eugenia Athas, sisters Sophie Manthos (George), Helen Miramon (Charles) and Cecelia Blanda (Sebastian), and grandson Matthew Dardis.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at LAKE LAWN METAIRIE FUNERAL HOME, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. on Friday evening, May 1, 2009 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. A visitation will be held at GREEK ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY TRINITY, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., New Orleans on Saturday, May 2, 2009, beginning at 10:00 AM followed by the Funeral Service at 11:00 AM. Interment at Lake Lawn Park. In lieu of flowers, donations to the church or Serenity Hospice, 3712 MacArthur Blvd., New Orleans, LA. would be appreciated.