William George Poletes

February 26, 1935April 30, 2018

William G. (Bill) Poletes, a resident of Bedford, passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018. Born to Greek immigrants in Toledo, Ohio, Bill graduated from Woodward High School and attended the University of Toledo. Thereafter, he enjoyed a five-decade career in restaurant management and ownership in Cleveland, Ohio and the DFW Metroplex. Bill was a dedicated Greek Orthodox Christian and expressed his faith through liturgical choral music, serving as an accomplished choir vocalist and director for almost 70 years. In Cleveland, he met fellow choir vocalist, Rena Svokos, whom he married in 1963. After his relocation to Texas in 1983, he became an active member of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver Church Music Federation and its parent organization, The National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians. Bill was awarded the Archbishop Demitrios Years of Service Award to Choir Directors and the Patriarch Athenagoras Award for Distinguished Metropolis Service. Bill is preceded in death by his parents, George and Angela, his brother James, and his sisters Stella and Irene. He is survived by his wife, Rena, his sons George (wife Paige) and John (wife Jackie), daughter Lea, and grandchildren, William "Wells" and Jillianne Franchesca. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, two godchildren, and his beloved in-laws, Mary and Michael “My Bro” Mavias. Visitation on Thursday, May 3rd, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. with Trisagion service at 7:00 pm at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 303 Cullum Road, Euless, Texas. Funeral service Friday, May 4th at 10 a.m. at John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 303 Cullum Road, Euless, Texas. After the funeral service, Makaria memorial luncheon will be served in the church’s community center followed by interment at Restland Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas. The family requests contributions in Bill’s memory be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund.


  • Visitation Thursday, May 3, 2018
  • Trisagion Service Thursday, May 3, 2018
  • Trisagion Funeral Service Friday, May 4, 2018
  • Makaria Memorial Luncheon Friday, May 4, 2018
  • Trisagion Graveside Service Friday, May 4, 2018

William George Poletes

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Lynn Sager

May 9, 2018

Dear Rena and family.

Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Memories last a lifetime and cannot be taken away, always keep them alive as they will comfort you.

My Sincere Sympathy .
Lynn Sager ( worked with Rena)

Peter Talleos

May 5, 2018

To The Poletes Family, Bill was an important part of our Church. He was one of our main servants every Sunday. He will be missed. Our Choir will carry on his tireless dedication. You should be proud of his work. May his memory be eternal.

Kathy Moore

May 3, 2018

Rena, I am so sorry for your loss. I'm happy that I got to meet Bill when we ran into each other not long ago. You and your family will be in my prayers and I hope the comfort from happy memories is plentiful and the sorrow you feel now is quick to lessen. Blessings to you.

Stan & Marilyn Henderson

May 2, 2018

Stan and I enjoyed Bill. When I think of him, I remember him full of fun and kind. He was a great guy. He will be missed😘.

Judy Stockstill

May 2, 2018

Certainly the world is less without William George Poletes, but because he lived, it is a far better world.

Sending love and prayers to the family.

Judy Stockstill

May 1, 2018

Bill was simply a "GREAT" guy and will be missed by all who knew him. He was always a great friend to George and me, and he and George (along with Wiley) will be singing in heaven... My love goes out to the family.
Sending prayers and love your way....