Bill R. Marakos

August 9, 2023

Bill Marakos, aged 84, passed away on, August 9, 2023, at his home in Toano, VA, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 3, 1939, in Koutsi, Nemea, Greece, the son of the late Haralambos Marakos and Martha (Hareme) Marakos. He was a proud veteran of the Greek Army and in 1967 he immigrating to the USA.

Bill’s life was one of determination and love. After meeting and marrying his wife Nancy in Chicago, IL, they eventually moved to Iowa City, IA, and in 1986 they settled in Williamsburg, VA. Bill enjoyed a successful career in the restaurant business, including ownership and operation of two restaurants in Iowa, as well as a cook in several establishments, including with WJCC Schools.

Bill was deeply devoted to the Greek Orthodox Church. His spiritual beliefs were a cornerstone of his life and provided him with guidance and strength. Beyond his professional and spiritual pursuits, he also enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, often spending time fishing and working on various projects.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Nancy, of 55 years; his children, Robert Marakos and Martha Marakos (Holt); and his adored grandchildren, William (Samantha), Bella (Connor Morgan) Marakos, Athena (Alex Phillips), Patrick and Thomas Holt; along with his great-grandchildren Carlisle, Alexander, Lilia Holt, and Sophia Phillips. He leaves behind a network of nieces, nephews, and cousins in both Greece and the USA, along with the Barker family, Godchildren, and many dear friends who were like family.

Bill’s presence was endearing and universal; he was fondly known as “Pappou” to all who knew him.

A memorial service to honor his life will be held on Saturday, August 19th, 2023, at 1pm, at the Bucktrout Funeral Home in Williamsburg, VA. A small reception will follow at the same location. All arrangements are being handled by Bucktrout Funeral Home, located at 4124 Ironbound Rd, Williamsburg, VA, 23188.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, as a tribute to Bill’s enduring faith and legacy.

The service will be live streamed, if you have any issues streaming the service, the service will be recorded and will appear on the website to view later that afternoon.


Saturday, August 19, 2023
1:00 PM

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Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  • August 19, 2023
    Rhonda Mertens says:
    So very sorry for your loss. Worked with Bill many years at Norge elementary and Warhill. He was a great co worker and I always enjoyed talking to Bill. Memory eternal ☦️

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  • August 16, 2023
    Tonya Hardy says:
    I worked with Bill at Warhill. Bill was an angel here on earth. He was always willing to help in any way he could. I loved Bill like a Dad. Because, he always gave me advice. I will miss him. He was a pleasure to work with. To the family keep your hands in God's hands and he will lead the way for you. I'm just a phone call away.