Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX


Basil Germanides

April 3, 1936June 20, 2020

Basil S. Germanides, of Houston, Texas, passed away on Saturday, the 20th of June 2020, of complications related to Lymphoma of the central nervous system. He was 84 years of age.

Basil was born in Athens, Greece and immigrated to New York City in 1964, where he met and married Katerina Makris. He was a self-made man whose career was in the shipping industry and in 1980 he relocated to Houston to start his own business as a ship chandler. He successfully grew Gulf States Marine Supplies, Inc. to serve international ship owners in all U.S. Gulf ports. His greatest pride was that his son now manages the business he built.

Basil was an avid traveler and made new friends everywhere he went. He was passionate about Greek music and dancing, and was always the life of the party. Basil was a steward of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

Basil is survived by his children, Sophia and Edward Dryer of Baltimore, Mariland, and Orestes and Maria Germanides of Houston; and his grandchildren, William, Marina, and Veronica Dryer, and Lefkie and Vasilis Germanides. He is also survived by his brother, George Germanides, and his wife Lenore of Los Angeles, California; and his brother-in-law Nikos Mavrelis of New York City. His beloved nieces and nephews, William Mavrelis, Tina Christodoulou, Damon Germanides, and Justine Giannini and their families also survive him. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Katerina; and his sister, Anna Mavrelis.

Friends are invited to a visitation with the family from nine o'clock until ten o'clock in the morning on Thursday, the 25th of June, at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3511 Yoakum Boulevard in Houston.

The funeral service will immediately follow at ten o'clock, also at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, where the Cathedral clergy will officiate.

The interment will follow, via an escorted cortège, at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family encourages memorial contributions be directed to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, June 25, 2020


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Klinka and John Lollar

June 29, 2020

Basil was a wonderful gentleman who shared his friendship with us for 11 years across the hall at the St James. He showered us with tales and his delicious olive oil. We are in UT and we’re so sorry to hear that he has left our world. We will miss him but we’re blessed for having known him and his beautiful Katarina. Our prayers for his precious family whom he adored. May God Put His loving arms around you as you walk through this dark valley.


June 26, 2020

Eternal be your memory Vasile! You will never be forgotten! Give my love to Katerina. I will never forget the many years of friendship...eternal peace my friend!

Ertan Ozyardimci

June 22, 2020

Dear Germanides Family,
I deeply upset to hear that Mr. Basil Germanides passed away. I had a chance to met with him twice in my life; once in Greece and once in Turkey. He introduced me Orestes Germanides to develop business together. Time to time we did some jobs but besides of business I felt so confident with him and his son Orestes. They both became my first contacts to reach when ever I need a support close port locations to Houston.
Dear Basil Germanides, I would like to thank you for your kind and trustable humanity. I would like to thank you for a good name you left behind. I wish you a safe place in the Heaven, rest in peace.
With all my respect,
Ertan Ozyardimci

Paul Yannopoulos

June 22, 2020

Our families have been friends for over forty years both in New York and Houston. we had some great times together and lots of laughs.
Basil and I were a bit different, him
very outgoing, me a bit more reserved, people that knew us used to call us the
Odd couple. I bet they could have made a movie out of the two of us.
The last time we were together was last May in California visiting his brother George and his family. lots of good times, great laughs. i shall always keep that trip live in my memory. That’s how I want to remember my dear friend Vassili -
May he rest in eternal peace