HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Billy Fokakis, the owner of a restaurant that's been a staple in Hattiesburg for nearly 100 years, died Monday morning after a brief fight with a rare form of cancer.
According to a Facebook post by Fokakis's daughter, Kayla, he died at 10:18 a.m.
"There's no more pain or suffering. He is completely at peace," Kayla said in the heartfelt post, which has been shared hundreds of times.
Fokakis was a third-generation owner of Coney Island Café. Those who knew him say he never missed a day of work and was always quick with a smile and joke while serving his customers.
Fokakis was diagnosed with signet ring adenocarcinoma just before Christmas.
"The worst word we've ever heard," Kayla said of the disease in a previous interview with WDAM.
The family set up a GoFundMe account to help with medical expenses while Fokakis was sick. In 16 days, the campaign has raised nearly $29,000.