Plant Memorial Trees
Monday, July 24, 2023
11:00am - 12:00pm (Eastern time)
Monday, July 24, 2023
12:00 - 12:30pm (Eastern time)
Chris James Hondros fell asleep in the Lord on July 20, 2023. He was born on August 15, 1934, in Fidakia, Greece, to Demetrios and Panayota Hondros. In 1950, at 16, Chris left Greece and the painful reminders of the Greek Civil War to immigrate to the United States with the financial help of his older brothers, Nick and Dennis. Eventually, Chris reunited with his parents and siblings in Winston-Salem, NC. In 1959, he married the love of his life, Nicky, after a brief encounter during the Greek Convention held at the former Robert E. Lee Hotel. Chris was a lifelong member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, where he devoted much of his time volunteering, especially for the annual Greek Festival. Chris was an entrepreneur who worked tirelessly at many Winston-Salem restaurants before opening The Cup and Saucer, Akron Drive Restaurant, and the Plaza Restaurant in Kernersville. He boldly stated many times to family and friends, "I've cracked so many eggs, they would fill the Coliseum."
During retirement, Chris was a member of a small group of men who met regularly for coffee at the Grecian Corner to discuss church, politics, and life. He loved walking around Thruway Shopping Center for moderate exercise and eating with family and friends at locally owned restaurants. Chris also devoted his life to his loving daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Chris was preceded in death by his parents, Demetrios and Panayota; his wife, Nicky; a devoted son-in-law, Jimmy Chrysson; brothers Stavros, Nick, and Dennis; and his sister Katherine Paloumbas. He leaves behind his daughters Patty Collins (Jon) and Rita Chrysson; his grandchildren, Christopher Chrysson (Jennifer), Nicole Blaylock (Jackson), Nicholas Collins, and Christian Collins; his great-grandchildren, James, Jax, Rita, Robert, and Leo; his sisters, Voula Zourzoukis (Steve), Hrisoula Kontos (Gus), and Bessie Stabolitis (John). Chris also leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews who he loved dearly. His family will greatly miss him and will forever remember his sacrifices, strong will, sharp wit, and love for his family and faith. The family would like to thank Trellis Supportive Care for their support in the last week of Chris’ life. The trisagion and funeral service will be held at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Monday, July 24, 2023, at 11:00 am; followed by the interment at Forsyth Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in memory of Chris Hondros; 435 Keating Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27104. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com