Jimmy G. Stathos, 83, passed away on January 16, 2021. Survived by his adoring wife of 59 years, Elsie (Whitmire). Beloved father of Voula Hajimihalis (Alec) and Elaine Plesiotis (George). Loving grandfather of Dimitri, Peter and Niko Hajimihalis and Spyro and Dimitri Plesiotis. Caring brother of Gus (Eva), sister-in-law, Kathy and many nieces and nephews. Son of the late George and Voula (Konidis). Jimmy was predeceased by his brothers Sam, Pete and Louis and sister-in-law Litsa.
Jimmy was born March 30, 1937 in a small village, Koumousta, outside of Sparta, Greece. Early in his life in Greece, he was a shepherd and grew olives. In 1958, he immigrated to the U.S., settling in Greenville, SC where he met his future wife, the love of his life, Elsie Whitmire. With his business partner and brother, Gus, he entered into what became a long and successful restaurant career beginning with Pete’s Drive-Ins. Shortly thereafter, his loving daughters were born. The family relocated to Myrtle Beach, SC in 1971 and with Gus, expanded their restaurant business, opening the 20th Century Restaurant, Eastside Calabash and Tony’s Pizza. A man of devout faith, he was a founder of the St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach. He enjoyed traveling to Greece with his wife and spending time with his family and friends. Jimmy loved life, his family and his Church. He will be remembered as a joyful man that could make everyone smile. May his memory be eternal.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM-6:30 PM on January 22, 2021 at McMillan-Small Funeral Home.
A Trisagion service will begin at 12:30 pm Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church (3301 US 17 South MBSC, 29577) followed by a funeral service at 1:00 PM at the Church. A private interment will follow. The service will follow CDC and local guidelines with regards to COVID-19 precautions. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled in the future, when safe to do so.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed in Jimmy’s memory to: St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 3301 US 17 South, Myrtle Beach SC 29577 or Regency Hospice (www.curohealthcare.com) or by mail to Regency Southern Care Hospice 600 Garden City Connector, Murrell’s Inlet, SC 29576.
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