Murphy Funeral Homes

4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA


Thomas Chris Sarris

August 2, 1924July 12, 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 Wednesday, July 16, 2014
  • Visitation Wednesday, July 16, 2014
  • Visitation Wednesday, July 16, 2014
  • Burial Thursday, July 17, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 17, 2014


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May 1, 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

September 27, 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 1918..no W-L back then!)

Dr George Bakalis

July 24, 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

July 23, 2014

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

Ed Dodson

July 17, 2014

Chris my deepest sympathy to you and your family

McGilton Jeoffrey

July 17, 2014

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

July 17, 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

July 17, 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

July 17, 2014

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

Ellen Bart;ett

July 17, 2014

Chris, I remember the night that Orleans House got the first liquor-by-the-drink permit but I forget what year it was! You were my student at the time [at Wakefield]. . . so I heard about what an exciting night it was! I knew your father only through you, but I am so sorry to hear about his death. Please know you and your family have my sympathy.