Published in The Washington Post on August 19, 2012
EMANUEL JOHN PAPPAFOTIS "Mike" March 31, 1926 -
August 2, 2012
Emanuel John (Mike) Pappafotis, age 86, passed away
Thursday August 2, 2012 at the Hospice Home of
A native of Washington, DC, he was the son of John
Spero and Anne Korre Pappafotis and husband of the
late Christine Stephenson Pappafotis to whom he was
married for 53 years.
Mike was a proud Army Air Force Veteran of WWII.
He grew up in Washington, DC where he was an all-city
multi-sport star athlete at Eastern High School (1944) and at the Central Branch
Boys Club including Golden Gloves boxer and soap box derby winner. He was proud
to be recognized in 2003 in the local "Jocks Hall of Fame" from the 1940's.
He raised his family and retired in Columbus, GA, where he was a founding member of
the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. He was retired from Overnight
Transportation, was a past president of the Traffic Club of Columbus and an active
member of the Valley Seniors Golf Association.
He loved to walk, play golf, fish and spend time with his family. He always carried a
smile and lit up the room when he entered. Mike was a happy man and everyone who
knew him loved him.
Survivors include four siblings, Spero Pappafotis, George Pappafotis, Dena Melzer
and Toby Kinnahan; dozens of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews all of the
Washington, DC area; three children, eight grandchildren and eight
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Chris and his sister, Mary
A memorial service was held Saturday, August 4 in the Lowe Funeral Home Chapel,
Burlington, NC by Rev. Fr. George P. Vlahos.
The funeral was held Monday, August 6 (on the Feast Day) of the Holy Transfiguration
Greek Orthodox Church in Columbus, GA by Rev. Fr. David Hudson; and the Interment
You may sign the online register book at: www.lowefuneralhome.com