The Rev. George Demetrios Kontos (Class of 1968) died peacefully in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, surrounded by his family on February 1, 2014. He was 70 years old. He was born in Waycross, Georgia in 1943 into a family of proud Greek heritage. He graduated from the University of Georgia prior to attending General Seminary.
Kontos also graduated from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington D.C. His passion for teaching spiritual formation took him all over the country. This devotion for deepening spiritual life culminated in the development of the St. James Episcopal Center for Spiritual Formation in Baton Rouge where he served for 12 years.
He was rector of St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Innis, Louisiana, and served as rector of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Tallahassee, Florida and a number of other parishes in Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana for more than 45 years.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa; his children, Elizabeth (Hilton) Hightower, Tallahassee; Tassie (Mike) Sheridan, Tallahassee; Jimmy (Ashley) Kontos, St. Petersburg, Florida; granddaughters Sophia, Ava and Lily Hightower, Tallahassee; and grandson George D. Kontos, St. Petersburg; his sisters Anastasia Kontos, Savannah, Georgia; Kathy Kontos, and Irene (Marion) Shadron, both of Waycross, Georgia, and much beloved extended family.
Memorial services were held in Innis, Louisiana at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on February 6, and in Tallahassee at St. John's Episcopal Church on February 11.