Central Restaurant
2906 Washington Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607

Owned and Operated by Mike Yeapanis, 1951-1986
Courtesy of Bill Sasser (HHS - '61) of VA - 08/21/17
Thanks, Bill!


Mike C. Yeapanis

NEWPORT NEWS - Mike C. Yeapanis, 81, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, after a brief battle with cancer. Mr. Yeapanis was born in Famagusta, Cyprus, in 1925, and immigrated to the United States in 1948, living in North Carolina until he settled in Newport News in 1951. Mr. Yeapanis was a well known and highly regarded local restaurateur in Newport News. His Central Restaurant, located on Washington Avenue from 1951 until 1986, fed many who worked in the Newport News shipyard and the judicial and financial districts of the city. Mike, alongside his wife, continued to operate the relocated Central Restaurant in Oyster Point until their retirement in 1994. A dedicated member of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Newport News, Mike was recognized as Steward of the Year in 2002. Additionally, he was a 50-plus year member of the Woodrow Wilson Chapter of the Order of AHEPA, and he was recognized for his meritorious service to the organization in 2004. Mike was preceded in death by seven brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Catherine Yeapanis of Newport News; his daughter, Demetra Yeapanis Kontos, and her husband, Dr. Christopher D. Kontos, and their two sons, Michael Hermes Kontos and Alexander Apostolos Kontos, all of Durham, N.C.; his sister, Katina Hadjitheodosiou, of Limassol, Cyprus, and many nieces and nephews throughout the world. A Trisagion Prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 60 Traverse Road, Newport News. Family will receive friends until 8 p.m. at the church. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, also at the church, and will be officiated by Father George Chioros, Father Peter H. Makris and Father Andrew Koufopoulos. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. Memorials may be offered to Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church or a favorite charity. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press from 1/29/2007 - 1/30/2007.
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