GREENSBORO George James Sipsis, age 90, of Greensboro passed away peacefully Saturday February 23, 2013 at his home after a long illness.
A funeral service will be held 11:30 a.m. Monday February 25, 20013 Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church. Interment will immediately follow at Westminster Gardens.
George immigrated from Kalesmeno Greece to the United States in 1947 and immediately began his restaurant career. He was the long time owner and operator of the Garden Restaurant in downtown Greensboro where many businessmen, attorneys and judges frequently dined.
One of his greatest joys in his retirement years was spending time with his precious granddaughters, Jamie and Erin.
He was very active in the Evrytanian Association, a charitable organization which supports the State of Evrytania in Greece. He worked tirelessly as a member and past president for this organization. He was co-chairman of the Building Committee for the construction of the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church where he worshiped and served. After a long and successful career in the restaurant business, he became the managing partner of Oakcrest Center whose partners include a close friend and family member both of Winston Salem. He also enjoyed his membership in the 100 club for many years.
He is survived by his loving wife Bessie Gallins Sipsis, son Jimmy Sipsis and wife Linda, daughter Lula Culler and husband Hamp, all of Greensboro, sister Maria Tassiou of Athens Greece, and grandchildren Jamie Sipsis of Greensboro and Erin Sabas and husband Perry of Florida who are expecting his first great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his brother Frank Sispsis.
The family will receive friends between 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday February 24 at the church with a Trisagion prayer service at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro at 2500 Summit Ave. Greensboro NC, 27405, or Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church at 800 Westridge Rd. Greensboro NC, 27410.
Also the family wishes to give special thanks to Hospice for their kind, gentle care over the last year and to Helen Kuhn, his caregiver for the last two years.
The family is being served by Forbis & Dick N. Elm Chapel.
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