March 22, 1918 ~ September 23, 2018
John was born Ioannis Emmanuel on March 22, 1918 in Kalamata, Greece. John was the first of six children born to Emmanuel and Evthoxia Horaitis, three brothers, Stavros, George and Christos and two sisters, Nitsa and Penelope; all have preceded him in death. John celebrated his 100th birthday this year. When John was a young man, in his home town of Kastri, he spent a lot of time with his grandfather and developed a passion for gardening, growing vegetables and planting fruit trees. He definitely had a green thumb.
In 1940, when the Germans invaded Greece, at 22, he was the first to join the army to protect his family and his country. He was in the 3rd Brigade and was proud to have earned praise from his superiors.
John came to America in July 1951. While working for his Uncle in his coffee shop, he met Lenora Raines. They were married January 18, 1953. They have enjoyed a long and loving marriage for 65 years. Of this union they have 3 daughters.
In 1963, they purchased a home in Los Angeles, where he could continue his love of gardening in the beautiful back yard of their new home. John had a lot of friends and enjoyed when they would visit. He would often play his guitar and sing to them.
John worked for Wolf Range company making commercial stoves before following his dream of owning a restaurant. In 1976, he purchased Molly's Coffee Shop in Inglewood and retired from the restaurant business in 1980.
John was a strong religious man, attending church until he was unable to drive himself. He taught his family the same values and love for God he had. John also loved cats and had many, all his life.
He will be missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.
John leaves his wife Lenora, his daughters, Nitsa White, (Robert), Gloria Horaitis and Niki Guillory, (Steve); his three grandsons, Eugene Young, Joshua Guillory and Justin Guillory, as well as extended family and friends.
We want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support during this time, phone calls, texts, cards and donations. We love and appreciate your kindness.
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