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Lythea Chakeris Gatgounis
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  • Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity
    Building Fund
    30 Race Street
    Charleston, SC 29403

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1 of 12 | Posted by: R D Hosea 13:14 - SC

“John and Family,So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I hope you and your family find strength in all the wonderful memories you have of her...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Winnie Corbin - Charleston, SC

“Dr Gatgounis, George, Helen, John and Anastasia- We are soo very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a beautiful and absolutely amazing...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Jennifer Strock - Charleston, SC

“To the family of Lythea Chakeris Gatgounis, I am so sorry for your loss. I'm sure you will miss her dearly. Please find comfort in knowing that we...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Alphonso - FL

“Memory eternal to Miss Lythea. Many fond memories of the old days at Folly Beach and at your home on Folly Road. Gracious, generous, and gifted. I...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Jackie Morfesis - Charleston, SC

“Offering my condolences to family and friends. May the peace of God and the fond memories you cherish comfort and sustain you during this time. ...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“She was a lovely lady, very interested in Charleston's history and architecture. I had the privilege of documenting two of her historic houses. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Robert Stockton - Charleston, SC

“John and Family- My thoughts are with all of you and I can only imagine the loss that you must feel. Prayers sent.Heidi Hartwig ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Heidi Hartwig - Charleston, SC

“John and family, I am so sorry about your mother. I know how close you were to her from all the years we worked together a Roper Hospital. She was a...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Bobby Maguire - Charleston, SC

“Sorry to hear of your loss. God bless you all in the remembrance of the life that is in Christ Jesus. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Robert Nimmich - Detroit, MI

“Many fond memories of your sweet Lythea. She is characterized in my memory as loving and kind. May our great God and Father be with you all. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Terry Clark - Hollywood, SC

“Helen, my sympathy to yor and your family. Prayers for your family during this difficult time. Johnny ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Johnny Wesner - Folly Beach, SC

Lythea Chakeris Gatgounis, 82, of Charleston, South Carolina, entered into eternal rest Saturday, May 18, 2019. Her funeral service will be held Monday, May 20, 2019 at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, at 30 Race Street, at 1:00 p.m. EST. Interment shall follow at the St. Lawrence Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity with the funeral service to immediately follow.

Lythea was born April 29, 1937 in Charleston, S.C., the second of five children born to the late John Chakeris and Anastasia Tsatsaronis Chakeris, Greek immigrants from the Greek city of Phocaea.

Lythea was known for her indefatigable energy, constant loyalty, and peerless work ethic.

Lythea graduated from the MUSC School of Pharmacy second in her class, as second Honor Graduate (she was second only to her older brother Themistocles "Themy" John Chakeris).

In the era of her education, she was a pioneer of women's achievement, as one of the two women graduates of the MUSC School of Pharmacy, in a profession populated primarily by men at that time. Upon graduation at age 21, her dauntless drive and indefatigable energy found an outlet in her first business venture, her own pharmacy, which was a sterling success. Her "Corner Pharmacy" on the corner of Spring and Ashley Avenue served the Charleston community faithfully.

Her business acumen, entrepreneurship, and vision did not end, however, with her self-started pharmacy. She later managed extensive real estate, all the while serving her family as a devoted, beloved Mother.

A Renaissance woman of broad-based interests, she was a botanical pioneer who collected one of the largest begonia collections in the area.

Her academic gifts culminated in a unique publication. Her pharmaceutical knowledge and love of the Greek culture vortexed in her authorship of a unique book, "The Greek Heritage Low Cholesterol Cookbook," which is still available on All proceeds from her royalties she directed to charity.

Undividedly loyal and unshakably devoted, she served her family, friends, and all who knew her.

She has left a legacy without peer.

May her memory be eternal.

She is survived by her husband Dr. John George Gatgounis, M.D., Ph.D., and her four children, Rev. Dr. George John Gatgounis, Ph.D., Esq., Helen Gatgounis Ulmer (Gerald R. Ulmer), John John Gatgounis (Kristen Buongiovani Gatgounis), and Anastasia John Gatgounis, as well her surviving siblings, Eva Chakeris Henry, and Jimmy John Chakeris. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Daniel Arthur Ulmer, Ruslan Milling Ulmer, Mary Helen Gatgounis Churdar, and John David Churdar. Predeceased are her two siblings, her elder brother, Dr. Themistocles "Themy" John Chakeris, M.D., and her younger brother, Alex John Chakeris.

Memorials and donations may be made in her honor to the building fund of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity at 30 Race Street, Charleston, S.C.