COTSAKIS, Jr., George "Coty"
George "Coty" Cotsakis, Jr. of Allen, Texas passed away on December 28, 2020 at the age of 82. He was born November 3, 1938 to George James and Helen (Chotas) Cotsakis in Atlanta, Georgia. Coty attended Bass High School and graduated with a BBA from Emory University in Atlanta. At Emory, he served as President of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
Like his father and mother, Coty was active in church, civic affairs, and business. He worked many years for his family business, Atlanta Grocery Co., later designed and marketed a successful 8 oz. can for Shasta Beverages for health care, and then founded, owned, and operated the Tea Connection, a tea/coffee supplier/marketer of private label tea and coffee to several national restaurant chains and Pepsi bottlers. Coty was an avid golfer, won the Ansley Gold Jr. Championship several times and later Ansley's President's Cup (Club Championship) in Atlanta. In politics, he ran his father's Atlanta City Councilman's campaigns and later he ran for Georgia State Legislature. Coty was President of the Buckhead Exchange Club in Atlanta.
While growing up in the Greek Orthodox Church in Atlanta, he later served as Superintendent of Haygood Methodist SS, did Lay Witness work, served as a deacon in the Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, and was active in First Baptist Church in Allen, Texas where he resided. Coty founded and ran the Allen Job Transition, a support group for those going through job changes.
His goal was to serve God, his family, and community, and leave the world a better place than when he arrived.
Coty is survived by his loving wife, Patricia, children, George "Jim" Cotsakis, III of Atlanta, Georgia, Mark Cotsakis of Charlotte, North Carolina, Holly Zaprowski of Atlanta, Georgia and Patricia's children, Chris Pirtle and Holly Gardner of Dallas, Texas; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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