William James Kanos
Christian, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather
WAYNESVILLE — William “Bill” James Kanos passed away at his residence Aug. 25, 2014, at the age of 93. He was a native of Fayetteville and was the son of the late James V. Kanos and Lucy Underwood Kanos, of Fayetteville.
He was married to Kathryn Eleanor Blalock for 58 years, before the good Lord called her home. Mr. Kanos was visiting his family in Waynesville when he met Kathryn at Gunn’s Corner on Main Street in Waynesville. After several weeks, they were married.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by sisters, Magdaline Katsoudes and Olga Fermanides.
Bill is survived by his daughter, Linda Carroll Ethridge and husband Mark, of Waynesville; three grandchildren, Brad Leatherwood (Stephanie), Brooke Nickol (Josh) and Linc Leatherwood; and five great-grandchildren, Jacob Leatherwood, Lexie Underwood, Ben, Luke, and Kathryn Grace Nickol and several nieces and nephews and many friends who were very special to him. He is also survived by two sisters, Helen Gantsoudes, of Danville, Virginia, and Marie Keretses (George), of Florence, South Carolina; two step-brothers, Chris James Kanos (Elaine) and Nick James Kanos (Rose Marie), of Tarpon Springs, Florida.
Mr. Kanos was a member of the Hazelwood Baptist Church for over sixty-years and served as a Deacon for 57 years. He was a York Rite 32nd Degree Shriner, a member of HAWA and member of NCGE.
He was a combat veteran of WWII. He volunteered for service in the 82nd Airborne near the end of the war. In a practice jump prior to the invasion of Normandy, his parachute failed to fully deploy and he suffered compression fractures of four vertebrae. He spent four months in a body cast in a hospital in Nottingham, England. After several weeks of rehab, he jumped again at the invasion of Holland and was soon captured by German SS Troops. He was a POW for nine months before Gen. Patton freed the camp prisoners. He later received the Purple Heart.
Bill worked in the building industry for 17 years in the Waynesville area. He started several subdivisions in that time.
In 1969 he accepted a teaching job with Haywood County Schools, teaching construction industry and carpentry at Tuscola High School. He was always very proud of his students’ accomplishments.
While at Tuscola he started the first boys’ tennis team, coached JV boys basketball for eight years and varsity girls basketball for four years. Several of his tennis and basketball athletes went on to play in college. He retired after teaching and coaching for 21 years.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at the Hazelwood Baptist Church with the Revs. Tim Lolley and Kathy Wilson officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday prior to the service at the church. Burial will be held at Green Hill Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be the deacons of Hazelwood Baptist Church. Graveside military honors will be by the local VFW and American Legion.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hazelwood Baptist Church, 265 Hazelwood Avenue, Waynesville, NC 28786.
A message of comfort may be left to the family and guest registry may be signed at www.garrettfuneralsandcremations.com.