Xenophon James KoinisAugust 29, 1931 ~ April 5, 2017 (age 85)
Xenophon James (“Xenny”) Koinis, 85, of Charlotte, NC, passed away on April 5, 2017. Born on August 29, 1931 in Toledo, Ohio, he was the youngest of six sons of the late Pauline and James Koinis.
Xenny attended Scott High School and worked with his father and brothers on the family popcorn wagon, making and selling caramel corn and sugared peanuts. During the Korean War, he served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1954, stationed at Williams Air Force Base in Chandler, Arizona. Xenny enjoyed a lifelong love of flying and sharing stories of his time as a pilot. Upon completion of his service to our country, he graduated from the University of Toledo. Xenny worked as a mechanical engineer for 20 years at Dana Corporation in Toledo and and for a time after the family moved to Charlotte in 1977. He enjoyed playing golf and visiting with family and friends. All who knew him will always remember his beaming smile.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers Frank, Raymond, and Christopher.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eftilia, and two children, Sophia Koinis Hazlehurst (Yates) of Charlotte, NC and Theodore X. Koinis (Pauline) of Pearland, TX as well as six grandchildren, April (David) Roberts, Catherine (Jeff) Whittaker, Sarah (Gregory) Poole, Anastasia Koinis, James (Valerie) Koinis and Nicholas Koinis. His greatest joy came from his six great-grandchildren, Hazel, Emma, Yates, Margot, Louise and Hugh. He is also survived by his brothers, William (Patricia) Koinis of Madison, GA and John Koinis of Novi, MI, and many loving nieces and nephews.
He was an active member of Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church and could frequently be found walking and visiting with friends at the Siskey YMCA. People loved his delicious sugared peanuts and caramel corn, which he thoroughly enjoyed making from his family’s secret recipe.
The family will receive friends at St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church, Charlotte, NC, on Friday, April 7, beginning at 6 p.m. The Trisagion Prayer Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. Kenneth W. Poe Funeral Services are providing arrangements.
Visitation will be offered on Sunday, April 9, at Reeb Funeral Home, Sylvania, Ohio, from 5 - 7 p.m. Funeral services will take place at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Toledo, Ohio, on Monday, April 10, at 10 a.m. with interment to follow at Toledo Memorial Park. Reeb Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church (Charlotte), Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Toledo), Levine Cancer Center, or Hospice & Palliative Care-Charlotte Region.
The family would also like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff members at MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX), Levine Cancer Center (Charlotte, NC), Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, and Hospice & Palliative Care-Charlotte Region for their kind and caring treatment of Xenny as he courageously battled cancer.
For those wishing to offer condolences to the family, please visit www.kennethpoeservices.com /obituaries or www.reebfuneralhome.com.