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Zefter Constantine "Gus" Xefteris

Died: August 24, 2017

Capt. Zefter Constantine Xefteris, USN, Ret, died peacefully at home on August 24, 2017. “Gus” was born on the lower East Side of Manhattan in 1923 and was proud to have attended NYC Public School #1. In wartime 1942 he joined the Navy, as did many family and friends. He attended Mount St. Mary’s and was then chosen to attend the University of Virginia, where he lived on the coveted Range with friends he kept close to until their deaths. His duty tours as a Supply Corps Officer included Trinidad, BWI, Charleston, S.C. and Bayonne, N.J., before attending Stanford for his Masters. He then served in Camp Hill, Washington DC, and for JUSMAGG in Athens, Greece, before coming to Norfolk.

After his retirement in 1978, he worked closely with his friend Bill Wood in commercial and industrial real estate. He established his own commercial real estate office, Teris & Co, in the Haygood Executive Park, which he operated for the next 20 years.

He was full of life and his life was full, with travel, theater, his Redskins seats since 1969, his Oceans beach house, but most importantly, his beautiful bride of 71 years, his Katherine.

He leaves behind two sons, Capt. Constantine L. Xefteris, USN, Ret. and his wife Kathleen “Pixie”, Mr. Philip Alexander Xefteris; two daughters, Mrs. Marie Jackson and husband Robert of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Mrs. Diane French and husband Lawrence; six grandchildren, Mrs. Melissa Thomas and husband Mr. Rock Thomas of Daleville, Virginia, Mrs. Desiree Henry and husband Major Russell Henry, US Army Stuttgart, Germany, Mrs. Kelly Chaparro and husband Mr. Mark Chaparro of Redmond, Oregon, Mr. Lawrence C. “Trey” French, Ms. Katherine R. French, and SSGT Charles P. French, USAF and wife Christina of Okinawa, Japan; 10 great-grandchildren, Cassidy Schlemmer, Russell Henry Jr., Rock Thomas, Dominick Thomas, Robby Henry, Anthony Chaparro, Ryan Henry, Thaddeus Zefter Chaparro, Ethan French and Emma French. Also left to mourn him are his nieces and nephews, Louis, Paul, Julia and Patricia from Sedona, AZ., Sunnyvale and Los Altos, CA., and McLean, VA.

We would also like to thank the caregivers from Sentara Hospice Service and Senior Corps for their loving support and kindness to Pop and to our whole family.

Visitation will be held Thursday evening, August 31, 2017 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, VA. Beach. A Christian Burial service will be conducted by Father Gabriel Mensah at the Little Creek Amphibious Base Chapel on Friday, September 1, 2017 at 11:30am. A reception courtesy of the Ladies Altar Guild will follow in the Chapel Annex, across the street. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Those wishing to attend the funeral must call Altmeyer Funeral Home at 757-422-4000 with driver’s full name, driver’s license number and issuing state for security clearance onto the base.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.altmeyerfh.com.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel

5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Service Information

Date: Friday, September 1, 2017

Time: 11:30 am


Little Creek Amphibious Base Chapel

1160 D. Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23459

Cemetery Information


Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, VA

Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

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