George Chris Leventis Sr.
June 26, 1949 – October 27, 2018
George Chris Leventis, Sr., 69, passed away in Greenville, SC on October 27, 2018, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was surrounded by family and is finally at peace.
George was born on June 26, 1949, in Columbia, SC to Chris P. and Kathryn K. Leventis. George’s life was filled with laughter, family, faith, and friends by whom he will forever be remembered for his big warm embrace, gentle nature, and outgoing spirit. George loved his children and is survived by his daughter Kristianna Cantrell (Todd) of Simpsonville, SC; his son George Chris Leventis, Jr. (Tricia) of Greenville, SC; his daughter Renee Leventis of Atlanta, GA, and his son Gabriel Leventis (Mary) of Simpsonville, SC. George also loved being “Papou” to Zoe, Marley, and Jack Leventis; Samuel and Gabbi Cantrell; and Maxwell Leventis. George is also survived by his sister, Georgianna Paul (Dennis) of Washington, DC; his sister, Trula Wright (John) of Charlottesville, VA; his sister-in-law, Laura Leventis of Columbia, SC; his sister-in-law, Jean Cox of Reston, VA; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. George was predeceased by his brothers James C. Leventis and Christopher A. Leventis.
When asked, George would say that his greatest joys in life where his children and their grandchildren. He also loved his siblings deeply, and thoroughly enjoyed being part of such a large Greek network and community. George completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia, and then later his law degree at the University of South Carolina. Professionally, he worked on the Education Committee at the State House in Columbia, SC, and was later an attorney for the South Carolina Department of Education working closely with several Superintendents.
There will be a receiving of family and friends at 9:30am on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Grace Church, 204 Harrison Bridge Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680, immediately followed by a Memorial Service celebrating his life. We welcome all to stay for refreshments and fellowship with the family afterwards.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Greenville County Schools at https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/gcsf/main2.asp?titleid=giving, USC Law School Scholarship Fund at https://giving.sc.edu/giving/givenow/education, or University of Virginia Alumni Association at https://alumni.virginia.edu/give/make-a-gift/.
- Visitation Friday, November 2, 2018
- Memorial Service Friday, November 2, 2018
George Chris Leventis Sr.
Mildred J. Cannon
November 6, 2018
Dear Leventis Children:
I am so sorry to hear of George's passing. You will remember me as your preschool teacher ( Trenholm Road United Methodist Preschool ) during the late 1970's. I enjoyed a close friendship with your family ,visiting your Columbia home many times.
Since our Dad also suffered from Parkinson's, we understand how difficult George's condition must have been. My sister Catherine also sends her sympathy; she dated George while he was in law school.
Our deepest condolences to you.
Mildred J. "Joey " Cannon and Catherine Cannon
November 4, 2018
George was one of my closest boyhood friends. From grade school through high school we were often together in each other's home. My life was blessed in many ways by George and his family. They were my "second" family and they spoke into my life in many wonderful and life impacting ways. I am grateful to have been his friend and I will miss his thoughtful ways and his heartwarming smile.
To the family, I offer my deepest condolences. May you rest well in the memories of how much he loved you. And my you take comfort in knowing his struggle is over and he rests in peace.
Rev. Robert "Bobby" Clarke
November 4, 2018
I just read about the passing of your father. It is with deepest sympathy that I write this note.
Jean McIlhenny Gaskins
November 2, 2018
George was the first person I met from UVA. I cherished his friendship as we have kept in touch all these years. I will forever have a place in my heart for George. He will smile when I say that he mever could dance well. I will miss our communications. LOVE YOU GEORGE!
Dennis Paul JR
October 31, 2018
we really knew him 30yrs ago, when we were in our teens
he was still in that nuclear family with all of you kids, and your sweet mother
He was such a smart man
so interested in whatever we were doing in school — at the time that was high school or college
(And he had a temper if you did something wrong, that I remember too!)
But most of all for me, it was thatvhe so so so genuine and authentic and real
There wasn’t anything false about him
Straight down the fairway
as a young kid, that authenticity and truthfulness was very real
I guess b/c kids can feel that better about people than adults sometimes?
Anyway, that’s the strongest sense memory that I have of him — his character and his honesty and directness
I respected him very much for that
Love to you all