WARREN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – James J. Panagis, 86, formerly of Warren, passed away Monday, April 1, 2019, after an unexpected diagnosis of lung cancer a couple weeks earlier in Washington D.C. where he has lived since 1965.
He was born November 14, 1932, in Warren, Ohio, the son of the late John and Margeta Panagis.
He was a former graduate of Warren G. Harding High School.
As a child, he learned to love school plays and magic and would have gone on a showboat had there been no Korean War draft looming.
He attended Youngstown College as a member of ROTC and served in Germany in the Army from 1954 to 1956. Later, he did postgraduate work in economics at Youngstown State and in public administration in D.C.
After the Army, James worked at his father’s business in Warren. In 1963, he began work as an Internal Revenue Service officer in Columbus and Chillicothe, Ohio. In 1965, he was accepted into the Administrative Intern program of the IRS in Washington, D.C., where he was a personal staffing specialist and labor management relations specialist. In 1970, he worked at the new Federal Labor Relations Council. In 1972, he was Chief of the Personnel Division at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, from which he retired in 1995.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Panagis of Washington D.C.; a son, John Panagis of Brooklyn, New York; a sister, Sylvia Stathis of Warren and his nieces and nephews, Margaret Lockwood, John P. Panagis, Pamela Dudley, Dean Strathis, Marietta Morris and JoAnne Baker.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Domestic Juvenile Judge Peter Panagis.
Family and friends may pay their respects Monday, April 8 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 429 High Street Warren, OH 44481.
A service will be Monday, April 8 at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Fr. Constantine Valantasis, officiating.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Warren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in James name to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 429 High Street, Warren, OH 44481.
Arrangements are being handled by the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road NE, Warren, OH 44483. Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to sign the guestbook and send condolences to Jim’s family.