PHILEMON MOSS Obituary

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PHILEMON PETE MOSS

May 5, 1930 - December 23, 2013
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Phil passed away Monday, December 23, 2013 after a brief illness. He was born May 5, 1930 in Houston, the son of Greek immigrants Pete A. Mousouliotes (Moss) and Julia Lardas Moss, the youngest of three brothers. His mother's family arrived in Houston from the island of Icaria in 1895. His father came to Houston from the town of Koroni in 1912. Phil was preceded in death by his parents and his older brothers, Arthur and Manuel. Phil graduated from Lamar High School, class of 1948 and from the University of Texas, class of 1952. While at the University of Texas, Phil served as President of the Young Republicans Club and as President...
Phil passed away Monday, December 23, 2013 after a brief illness. He was born May 5, 1930 in Houston, the son of Greek immigrants Pete A. Mousouliotes (Moss) and Julia Lardas Moss, the youngest of three brothers. His mother's family arrived in Houston from the island of Icaria in 1895. His father came to Houston from the town of Koroni in 1912. Phil was preceded in death by his parents and his older brothers, Arthur and Manuel.
Phil graduated from Lamar High School, class of 1948 and from the University of Texas, class of 1952. While at the University of Texas, Phil served as President of the Young Republicans Club and as President of the Chi Phi fraternity.
While in the business graduate school at the University of Texas, he joined the United States Air Force and spent two years at a base in Amarillo. Phil continued as a reservist and attained the rank of Major. While serving in Amarillo, Phil attended a Christmas Party in 1954 in New York City where he met the love of his life, the beautiful Anastasia (Stacey) Tsamisis.
They married May 12, 1956 in Manhattan and settled in Houston. After serving in the Air Force, Phil went to work as an oil scout for Houston Trunkline Gas Company, which later became Panhandle Eastern. Then Phil established his own real estate business, focusing on retail and multifamily properties. Always creative and willing to provide an opportunity, Phil befriended a young and charismatic entrepreneur, George Zimmer, and leased the first Men's Wearhouse location in his Briargrove Shopping Center in 1973.
In 1964, he was the Republican nominee for Texas State Representative in Harris County. He continued to stay active in Republican Party politics for the rest of his life. Throughout his life, Phil supported his church, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, which his father helped establish in 1917.
Phil was known as a dapper and debonair gentleman, with charm to spare. Phil loved to sing, and he had a mellifluous voice. He never met a microphone he did not like. Frank Sinatra and Cole Porter songs were his favorites. He sang at his three sons' wedding receptions, and whenever he was inspired, which was often. A true Renaissance man, Phil was very artistic, and he painted Impressionist Parisian scenes--par excellence.
Phil is survived by his wife of 57 years, Stacey; their three sons, Chad and his wife Melissa, Gary and his wife Louise, John Eric and his wife Tracey; and his six grandchildren, Chadwick Philemon, Reed McCollum, Anastasia Christina, Nicholas Madigin, Carolina Camille, and Alexander Harrison; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ernest and his wife Marietta Tsamisis (Gigi) Pekmezaris and their children Eleftheria Pekmezaris and John Alexander Pekmezaris, cousin Marietta Voglis, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The Moss Family will receive family and friends on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014, from 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm, with Trisagion Prayers beginning at 6:30 pm. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, January 3rd, 2014, followed by a Makaria luncheon in S.P. Martel Hall, adjacent to the church. Both services will be held at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3511 Yoakum Boulevard, Houston, Texas, 77006. Burial will then follow at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery, 12800 Westheimer Rd., Houston, Texas 77077.
Active and honorary pallbearers include: Peter Chadwick Moss, Gary Philemon Moss, John Eric Moss, Chadwick Philemon Moss, Reed McCollum Moss, Nicholas Madigin Moss, Ernest Pekmezaris, John Alexander Pekmezaris, President George H. W. Bush, The Honorable James A. Baker, III, Edward H. Andrews, III, Jay D. Kelley, Paul Loupakos, Thomas J. Lykos, Carl "Bud" Mengden, Michael Mengden, Jimmy Menutes, Kerr Taylor, Jimmy Verges, Jimmy J. Younger, and George Zimmer.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Phil Moss's memory be made to the Moss Fund/AGOC, in care of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3511 Yoakum Boulevard, Houston, Texas, 77006, (713) 526-5377, or to the charity of your choice.

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