Steven A. Kontos
June 22, 1921 – July 9, 2018
Steven Alex Kontos passed away at his home surrounded by his family July 9, 2018. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama June 22, 1921. He was the son of Alex Chris Kontos and Stella Karamichas Kontos of Geraki, Greece. He is preceded in death by his wife Annette Vlahos Kontos and son Chris Steven Kontos. He is survived by his children Alex Kontos and wife Marty, Stella Grenier, George Kontos and wife Kristine, Steven Kontos Jr. and wife Ann, Elene’ Baker and husband Kenny, Anne Clancy and husband Sean. He is survived by his grandchildren Eric Kontos and wife Erin, Anna Thuston and husband Walker, Nicolas Kontos, Steven A. Kontos III (Steedy) and wife Jenny, Katherine Baker, Lee Baker, George Kontos Jr., Stella Christine Kontos, Alex G. Kontos and Miles Clancy. He is also survived by his seven great grandchildren. He graduated from Phillips High School. He served in the United States Air Force during World War II and was stationed in Boise, Idaho. It was a place he never forgot and commonly referred to as “God’s Country.” Steve was a standout basketball player at Phillips. He also played on military teams during the War and traveled from base-to-base entertaining troops. Upon returning to Birmingham, he joined the family business, Alex Kontos Fruit Company. Under Steve’s competitive leadership, his family grew the business until his retirement in 2001. Steve enjoyed many passions in life, especially holding court with friends and family at his corner table at Birmingham’s best. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed a friendly wager on any sporting event. Later in life, he was fondly referred to as the “Guru” because of his sage advice and knowledge on all matters. As he liked to say, “Love and finance are my specialties, but I can help you with anything.” His family is especially grateful to longtime friends Billie Jean Ransom and Darryl Redwine. Special thanks to our team of wonderful caregivers. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Holy Trinity Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral. All donations will be dedicated to the new chapel in Harpersville, Alabama. The visitation is Wednesday, July 11, beginning at 5:00 p.m., followed by the Trisagion service at 7:00 p.m. The funeral is Thursday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m. All services will be held at Holy Trinity Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 307 19th Street South, Birmingham, Alabama 35233.
Holy Tinity Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral
319 19th Street So, Birmingham, Alabama 35233
- Visitation / Trisagion Wednesday, July 11, 2018
- Funeral Service Thursday, July 12, 2018