Chris Christopher, 95, passed away Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at his home in Hampton surrounded by his family.
Chris was born on Feb. 19, 1924, in the small village of Vasili, Cyprus. He married the love of his life, Anna Andonio, on July 10, 1949, and within a few months moved to the United States for the new opportunities that life in America could offer. He became a proud American citizen, but he never let go of his Cypriot roots, instilling his Greek heritage in his children and sharing Greek traditions with family and friends.
Along with his brother-in-law, he owned and operated George’s Music and Amusement Company in Phoebus. He was a member of the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church and a member of the AHEPA, the Masons and the Shriners. He was a health enthusiast. He loved the beach. He would swim and take long walks. He loved reading and doing crossword puzzles and enjoyed his scotch and poker buddies. But mostly, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Christopher; parents, Papayiannis (Yiasoumi) Hadji Papachristoforu, a Greek Orthodox priest, and Papathia (Evanthia); brothers, Trifonas and Andreas; and sister, Helen. He leaves behind his son, Chris Jr.; daughters, Toni Carter, Evie Christopher, Angela Christopher (Wayne Crump) and Joanne Garrett (Bob Hines); grandchildren, Zach Crump (Susan, great-grandson, Roman); and great-granddaughters, Lilly and Avielle; Juliana Carter, Niki Caperton (Brian), Alexa Crump, Benjamin Ellis Garrett III (Kayla, great granddaughter, Quinn); and great-grandson, Benjamin IV; and numerous nieces and nephews in Cyprus.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and aides for the care he received during his final days and a special thank you to Riverside Hospice and to Catholic Charities for all their assistance.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with Father George Chioros officiating. Burial will follow in Hampton Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association for research and the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 60 Traverse Road, Newport News, VA 23606. We are comforted in knowing that he is at peace.
Share online condolences with the family at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home.