Cotsakis, George

George "Coty" Cotsakis, Jr.

November 3, 1938 - December 28, 2020

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 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, 2525 Central Expressway North in Allen.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church in Allen, Texas and the Wounded Warrior Project.


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Sorry to hear of Coty's passing. It has many years since we last saw Coty, but seeing his obit in the Atlanta newspaper today brought back fond memories of our times together in the Buckhead Exchange Club at meetings and social events such as ladies nights and annual state conventions. We send our condolences to his family. Joel & Anne Joel H. & Anne Horne, January 7, 2021 Dearest family, We are totally devastated at the news of Coty’s passing. Though distance has always kept us far apart, in our hearts we remained and will always remain beloved cousins! Coty will forever be my second brother! God rest his beautiful soul! Farewell dearest Coty. Karen Basil Mavrides, January 3, 2021 To the extended Cotsakis family, especially Pat, Jim and Mark. Please accept my sincerest condolences for your collective loss. I always had the highest regard for Coty having known him probably longer than anybody, as we first met when my family moved to a house about 3 houses away from him on Briarcliff Road in Atlanta around 1950. I also knew his little sister. We became good friends as well as neighbors. I had dinner with his family several times and I remember his mother making spaghetti once that was the best I ever ate, and I had a lot of trouble getting the recipe for It years later. It was a Greek version that was delightfully different than the one my mother made. We were the same age and both attended Highland grammar school for our 7th grade. We were on several sports teams together as well as the safety patrol. Afterwards, we attended Bass High School which was an easy walk from our houses on Briarcliff. Subsequently, we spent our next five years there together, as we moved up from 8th through the 12th grade. He was a good basketball player and played first string on the varsity team, while I played football. Afterwards, I entered Ga.Tech, while he chose Emory. I didn't see too much of him after that, I ,and my wife, Alaine, moved away from Atlanta in 1960 and did not return to Georgia until 1973 when we moved to Athens. Coty also moved away, but we managed to stay in touch infrequently, by phone, mail, or by attending reunions. I was fortunate to be able to attend a very fun birthday party for him a few years back that they held in Atlanta, and we got to meet Pat and his two sons, Jim and Mark. Coty found it very amusing that we had grown up together, and also had two sons named Jim and Mark, and he would bring it up whenever we got together. I envied the trip that he took his family on to Greece. My wife and I also loved to travel but I never was able to get the family together with schedules flexible enough to allow me to take them to Italy or France where we loved to visit. Sadly, I lost my wife two years ago, and I remember getting a nice card from Coty, as he had been a long time friend of hers as well. He was an outstanding and caring human being, and I will miss him a lot, but I will think of him often. I am the acting Bass Reunion Committee person in charge of keeping the class alumni roll current. It's with a heavy heart that I must enter his name into our In Memoriam page where he will sadly join a growing number of our beloved classmates.. Jim Hanna, January 1, 2021