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Yperochos “Perry” Kiousis
Southern Shores – Yperochos “Perry” Kiousis passed peacefully into eternal life in his home with his family by his side, October 24, 2014 in Southern Shores, North Carolina.
Born April 6, 1934 in Mavrilo, a mountain village outside Lamia, Greece, he started life in poverty. With less than a second grade education, he toiled his way to America by accepting every opportunity to work from washing windows to delivering groceries. On May 21, 1955, Perry arrived into New York Harbor. He managed his uncle’s “New York Hot Dog Shop” in Pittsburgh for 5 years, 15 hours a day without a day off. He was determined to make enough money to return to Greece, marry his sweetheart, Kiki, and bring her to America. That goal was achieved in 1960.
The newlyweds were deeply involved with the Greek community of Pittsburgh through St. Nicholas Church. Their adopted hometown was also the birthplace of their two sons, Steven Gregory and Ulysses Nicholas. After 15 years Perry had grown his hot dog business into 5 shops. Having grown tired of the endless work and cold winters, he went on vacation to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. His then 2 young sons, took him to the top of Jockey’s Ridge. From that vantage point he surveyed a quite desolate beach and exclaimed, “This is the place for me.” Perry bought the Point Harbor Restaurant in 1969 and moved the family to North Carolina in December of that year. He and Kiki ran the grill, famous for its seafood platters and corn cakes, for 11 years. In 1981, Perry and Kiki sold the Point Harbor Restaurant and opened the Outer Banks’ first breakfast restaurant, Stack’em High Pancakes & So Forth in Kill Devil Hills. A second location opened in 1986 in Kitty Hawk. Both locations are still family owned and operated by his sons.
Perry was a tireless tinkerer, inventor, and voracious reader. He supported the local rescue squads, school fundraisers and countless other philanthropic endeavors. He never met a stranger and made all those around him feel at ease with his mirthful smile and gentle way.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kiki, in Southern Shores. Son, Steven (Kristine), Southern Shores. Son, Nicholas (Dawn), Point Harbor. Grandchildren (Andrew, Madeline, Emilia, Eleni, Theo). Sister, Aspacia Alexopoulos, Elizabeth City. Brothers, Lambros and Manthos, Macracomi, Greece.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 29th at All Saints Episcopal Church, 40 Pintail Trail, Southern Shores, NC, 27949 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will also be held at All Saints Episcopal, Thursday, October 30th at 10 am. Graveside service to follow at Southern Shores Cemetary. Father Tom Wilson of All Saints and Father Joseph Birthisel of Holy Myrrhbearers Orthodox Mission will officiate.
Donations can be made to the Holy Myrrhbearers Orthodox Mission Building Fund, 257 Caratoke Hwy, Unit C, Moyock, NC 27958. The family would like to extend its deepest gratitude to Community Home Care & Hospice for their compassionate services and guidance.
Condolences to the family may be expressed via the on-line register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.