Henry J. Arvanites

Born: Sun., Jul. 25, 1943
Died: Thu., Feb. 24, 2011

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Henry James “Hank” Arvanites, age 67 of Greensboro, GA died Thursday, February 24, 2011 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Born in Suffern, New York on July 25, 1943, he was the son of the late James Arvanites and Edna Hoffman Arvanites. He was a graduate of Clarkstown Central High School in 1961 and the University of Georgia in 1965 with a BS in Chemistry. Hank was an entrepreneurial executive with twenty eight years of experience in high technology management positions. His career started as senior Scientist for Corporate Research and Development at St. Regis Paper Corporation from 1965 until 1972. He then became the Plant Manager over the Laminated and Coated Products Division from 1972 until 1981 and continued to move up the ladder as Director of Operations, Vice President and General Manager until 1986. He then joined Otis Specialty Papers as Vice President and General Manager and from there became Group Vice President for Rexam Inc. where he was responsible for papermaking businesses at Otis Specialty Papers, Chartham Paper Mill, Smith & McLaurin and businesses at Rexam Graphics, including European sites. He moved to Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee in 1997. Hank is survived by his wife, Geraldine “Geri” Arvanites of Greensboro, GA; three sons, Bob Arvanites and wife Laura of Spartanburg, SC, Bill Arvanites and wife Chris of Roswell, GA and Doug Arvanites and wife Angela of Salem, MA; two brothers, Thomas Arvanites and wife Janice of Sun City Center, FL and Michael Arvanites and wife Susan of Pearl River, NY; seven grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. Memorial Services will be held on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 202 W. Broad Street, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Rev. Richard Chewning officiating. The family requests that any memorials be made to Winship Cancer Center, Emory University Hospital, 1365 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322-1013. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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Jane Cobb
   Posted Thu February 24, 2011
Our sympathy to you. Jane and Howell Cobb

Mike Bloomfield
   Posted Fri February 25, 2011
I can't tell you how much we will miss Hank and you. We have grown to love you both in your times of need and hope and I pray we provided some comfort and hope for you both during these years. Seeing you at the lake the previous summers only brightened our days and gave us a real chance to see you outside our work areas. It was also a pleasure to get to meet your two sons in whom you both have left a fine legacy. I have no doubt they have some of Hank's sense of humor and big heart beating in their chests, too. I am working this weekend and won't be able to make the drive, but know that our thoughts and prayers will be with you then and forever more. You precious patients and caregivers are why we do what we do. Mike and I will drop by again this summer to check up on you and see if there is anything we can do. God bless and know in your heart that he is up there (pain free)waiting on you to join him. Mike

Donny Prevo
   Posted Fri February 25, 2011
Bob - I was sorry to hear of your loss. If there is anything I can do to lighten the load while you are out, do not hesitate to ask.

Wayne Mashe
   Posted Fri February 25, 2011
Bob, All our Longview employees and I are so sorry for your loss. Wayne

Diana Adrian
   Posted Fri February 25, 2011
Please know our love and thoughts are with you. Diana Adrian

Gary Vipond
   Posted Fri February 25, 2011
Bob, I am sorry to hear about your father. In looking at his picture, there is no doubt you are related! Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.

Mike and Beth Leahy
   Posted Sat February 26, 2011
We send our heartfelt condolences and prayers that Hank's 'going home' celebration brings you comfort.

Steve & Debi Teeters
   Posted Sat February 26, 2011
Debi and I send our deepest sympathy during your time of sorrow.

   Posted Sat February 26, 2011
hank and bob came to visit me in NJ to see Michael Jordan play when he was with the Wizards. We were new in on home so we did not have furniture yet. Hank sat on the floor in Cacki pants(sorry for the spelling) and drank bud cans and just joked for hours. I said to myself how could this regular great guy be a millionair. He made me realize what life is all about. Be yourself and know where you came from. Hours later we saw the Wizards beat the Nets. ON the way home Hank was in the back set of my K car when he yelled GO GO bar on right. I drove over a grass median and Hank flew off his seat to the floor. He smiled the entire time and said WERE HERE.

Tricia Kenton
   Posted Sat February 26, 2011
The sorrow of the faithful is not that of permanent loss, but the tender sense of sadness that comes in saying good-bye for now to Uncle Henry. May today's sorrow give way to the peace and comfort of God's love. Wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, and comfort in the midst of pain. REST IN PEACE UNCLE HENRY.

Pat Watson
   Posted Sun February 27, 2011
Arvanites Family, I know you will miss him terribly. I know we will miss him here in the lab. Wish i could make it today to meet the rest of the family. Love Pat

David Serpa
   Posted Mon February 28, 2011
Bob, I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. I’m sure your father will be truly missed. Our hearts go out to you and your family, we will remember you in our thoughts and prayers.

   Posted Mon February 28, 2011
My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family Mrs. "Geri". He was a good man and good friend. We,here at Emory,will miss him and hope only the best for you. I am truly gonna miss my friend. Lots of luck and more love to you and your family. Keep in touch ok.

Pete Gregory
   Posted Tue March 22, 2011
To Doug and Family, So sorry to hear about Hanks passing. He was a great guy and I really enjoyed working with him. Take Care, Pete Gregory

Ed McCarron, Sr
   Posted Fri March 25, 2011
I thought a lot of Hank. The company was in good hands when he was here.

Jim Farrand
   Posted Sat March 26, 2011
I was surprised and saddened to hear of Hank passing. I had worked with him years ago at James River. I was in the technical/R&D area and had frequent contact with him regarding work we were doing for the mills he was responsible for. I always found Hank to be a kind and thoughtful person, easy to work with and always willing to listen to suggestions. It's very sad to lose a good man like this and my sympathy goes to his family. I'm sure they have a lot of good memories of their life with him.

Joan & James Rooney
   Posted Sun March 27, 2011
Words cannot properly express the uniqueness of Hank. He was a wonderful friend, an ethical business associate and was a deeply devoted family man. We will miss his beautiful sense of humor and laughter. He will never be forgotten!

Brian C O''Leary
   Posted Thu March 31, 2011
On behalf of the Class of 1961 at Clarkstown High School in New City, NY we offer our condolences to the family of our classmate. You will always be remembered for your smile and friendly manner towards all. We will miss you at the 50th Class Reunion this fall. PEACE.

   Posted Thu July 05, 2012
I just Googled Hank and was astounded to learn of his passing. I first met Hank while working at St. Regis in W. Nyack, NY. We both worked for the infamous and highly respected "Sandy" Scheller. I later worked directly for Hank running a converting plant in Louisville, KY. Hank was a great boss, friend and sounding board. He had a magnetic smile and presence that people loved to be around and befriend. He made friends easily, laughed often and especially loved his wife "Gerri" and his sons. A true "Greek," Hank loved to have fun, loved life like no other I have ever met and will be truly missed. Heaven is a better place today with Hank in residence.