Murphy Funeral Homes


Thomas Chris Sarris

2 agosto , 192412 julio , 2014


Thomas Chris Sarris, Age 89, passed in peace on Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Arlington, VA.

Thomas Chris Sarris was born August 2, 1924, in Easton, Maryland to Athena and Chris A. Sarris. Tom owned several restaurants in the Rosslyn area from 1952 to 2007; The Covered Wagon, Tom Sarris Steak House, and notably Tom Sarris Orleans House from 1965 to 2007.

He is survived by his son, Chris T. Sarris of Arlington, VA; niece, Helen Kiriakow Burns, nephew, Marcus K. Kiriakow; and great-nieces and nephew and a host of friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Anna Sarris Kiriakow, brother, Frank C. Sarris, and former wife, Bernice A. Sarris. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, from 1-3 pm and 7-9 pm, at Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA. A prayer service will be held at 7:30 pm.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014, 11:00 am, at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 3149 Glen Carlyn Road, Falls Church, VA.

Interment will take place at Cedar Hill Cemetery, 4111 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suitland, MD.

In lieu of flower, contributions may be made in Tom’s name to the charity of your choice.


  • Prayer Service

    miércoles, 16 julio , 2014

  • Visitation

    miércoles, 16 julio , 2014

  • Visitation

    miércoles, 16 julio , 2014

  • Burial

    jueves, 17 julio , 2014

  • Funeral Service

    jueves, 17 julio , 2014


Thomas Chris Sarris


Diane Adams

21 junio , 2020

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Tom Sarris. I only have a child’s memory of Mr. Sarris but they are wonderful! My mother and Mr. Sarris were friends for a time and I would accompany her to various outings on his Salty Gal yacht as well as dine at New Orlean House. I remember being very young - maybe four - and being picked up and walked around the salad bar to choose all of my salad toppings! I dined at NOH my entire life and celebrated there on many special occasions. My husband worked there briefly in the early mid- 80s amd was one of Bernice’s favorite waiters. He remembers how kind Chris was to him. I remember seeing “Tommy”, as he was affectionately called by many, sitting at his special table. As I grew to be a young woman, I never spoke with Mr. Sarris when I would see him. I felt shy and uncertain that he would not know me having only know me as a child. But I admired him from afar and hold to this day a special place in my heart for the positive experiences afforded me through Mr. Sarris’ generosity. When I learned the New Orleans house was being demolished, I was fortunate to snag a few pieces of that iconic building that are saved in a memory box. My husband and I judge salad bars against the one offered at New Orleans House and NONE have measured up! I had limited male influences growing up since my parents divorced when I was two so the memories of how loving and generous Mr. Sarris was, and how he appeared bigger than life, really made an impression on me. My husband and I were talking about boating experiences in our lives this morning and I immediately recalled Mr. Sarris and the Salty Gal, which led to even more fond memories for both of us. God bless Mr. Sarris for his kindness to me as a child and for providing such good and lasting memories that have lasted my lifetime.

Diane Adams
Arlington, VA


1 mayo , 2015

Talk about a legacy. For years to come, Tom Sarris will be remembered and associated with the good feelings his restaurant provided to so many. His very name makes me smile.

Michael Newman

27 septiembre , 2014

I only "met," Tom Sarris from a distance seeing him on numerous occasions at his usual corner table near where the prime rib was carved at the Orleans House. As a kid this was our "special occaision place," to eat and we always got dressed up to go there. The Orleans house was a staple in Arlington my entire life and it is truly missed! (W-L class of '98, father W-L class of '65, grandfather GW class of W-L back then!)

Dr George Bakalis

24 julio , 2014

Hello Chris,
Sorry to hear of the passing of your father.
Tom was a good friend of my dad Nickie Bakalis.
We alway enjoyed visiting with your father at his restaurant or on
his beautiful boats.. The Kismet and Miss Orleans were great memories
for me, cruising down the Potomac River.
My father passed away at age 49, thirty six year ago. You were blessed
to have your dad 89 years.
Everlasting be his memory!
Dr George Nicholas Bakalis

Staci McCoy

23 julio , 2014

Aw, Chris. I heard so late or I could have come. I'm so sorry. See you soon.

Ed Dodson

17 julio , 2014

Chris my deepest sympathy to you and your family

McGilton Jeoffrey

17 julio , 2014

May Mr. Sarris rest in piece, he will be missed!!!!. take care Chris. Jeoff (aka) DR.Jeoff

17 julio , 2014

Precious Chris.. With deep and sincere sympathy on the loss of your dad. With fond and beautiful memories of fun and good time gatherings. With love that is beyond expressing for your grandmother; "aunt Mary" and for your mom elegant and gorgeous Bernice.. It's been decades since they were called to Glory but they are never forgotten. May the Peace that Surpasseth all understanding be with you Chris. With love, Dolly.
Adele D. Hazel

Ellen Lewis Hirsch

17 julio , 2014

So sorry for you loss. I remember him and your family from my many visits to the Orleans House. Ellen Lewis Hirsch (San Diego Ca.)

Patti Gagliemo-Prior

16 julio , 2014

Chris - My sincere condolences on the loss of your father. We certainly enjoyed all the years eating at his wonderful restaurants. God Bless.