Stephen Jonathan Antalis

ANTALIS, Stephen Jonathan.

Lt. Colonel Stephen J. Antalis of Charleston, SC, affectionally known by many as “Papou” passed away in his sleep on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Dalton, Georgia at the age of 95 years old.

Steve was born in Weirton, WV on Sept. 19, 1918, to the late John and Anastasia Antalis.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 48 years, Erma Gelegotis Antalis.

Steve was raised in Weirton, WV and attended Fairmont College until he enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1941. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1951 majoring in Business Administration and received a Master of Arts from Central Michigan University in 1975. He served faithfully in the United States Air Force where he retired after 24 years as a Lieutenant Colonel. He served in World War II and also in the Auditor General Group in Washington, DC. His exemplary service was recognized with numerous awards. After leaving military service, he worked with the local Ford Company dealership as the Finance Manager and also with Neilson Electronics Institute as Business Manager and teacher. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Charleston. He had keen mathematical mind, was an avid reader, and loved crossword puzzles. He took pride in his extended family, and he especially enjoyed nurturing his grandchildren.

Surviving are his three children, John Stephen Antalis (Cathy) of Dalton, GA, Toni Marie Antalis of Potomac, MD, Darlene Antalis Johnson (Steve) of Yonges Island, SC; seven beloved grandchildren, F. Steven Johnson, Jr. (Erin), Michael Ziozias Johnson (Sarah), Stephanie Johnson Sanders (Seth), John S. Antalis Mattick, Christina Marie Antalis, Stephen John Antalis and Catherine Denise Antalis; five great- grandchildren, Emma and William Sanders, Steven Johnson, Scarlett and George Johnson; a sister, Mary Georges of Shadyside, Ohio and 28 nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by brothers: Angelo John Antalis, Stanley John Antalis, James Peter Antalis and sister, Liberty Marian Antalis.

The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 5 until 7 p.m., Jan. 14, 2014, at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, 347 Folly Road, James Island, SC. All are welcome to attend a celebration of his life service that will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Noon at Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 30 Race St., Charleston, SC. Interment with military rites will follow at Magnolia Cemetery, 70 Cunningham Ave. in Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place, Glen Vale, VA 23060- 9979, the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 30 Race St., Charleston, SC 39403, or the Wounded Warriors Project.