Give rest, O Lord, to the souls of Thy servants who have fallen asleep!
Anthony J. "Tony" Thomas Sr. THOMAS, ANTHONY J. "TONY" SR., 92, passed away Thursday, April 9, 2009. He was born in Hamat, Lebanon and immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1923. He and his wife, Jean, founded A. Thomas Meat Market on the Haymarket. He was a charter member of St. Michael Orthodox Church where he served on its parish council as president for many years. He also served as a member of the Archdiocese board of trustees and was a member of the Order of Saint Ignatius of Antioch. He was a founding member of the Lebanese American Country Club and also served on its board as president. For decades Tony greeted his customers at the Haymarket with a smile, a joke or a song and children sought him out because they knew he had a piece of candy for them. You knew he was the kind of person we all strive to become when you heard countless stories from people telling you what he had done to help them or what he meant to them. Tony was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Jean George Thomas; his parents, John and Mary Thomas; brothers, Nicholas and Louis Thomas; sisters, Henrietta Thomas, Carrie George, Sue Gabriel and Emerald Coleman. Left behind to cherish his memory are his children, Phyllis Miller, A.J. Thomas Jr. (Sarah), Dennis Thomas (Kim) and Gayle Hobbs (Ken); 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Martha Asseff (Jim) and Nancy Owen (John), of Nashville, TN. Expressions of sympathy may be made to either St. Michael Orthodox Church, 3701 Saint Michael Church Dr., Louisville, KY 40220 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.
Alyce Samen Hamatie was born in 1912 in Manhattan, N.Y. to the late Usta Samen and Alia Hatem Samen, both originally of Lebanon. In her early years Alyce owned and operated her own independant salon in New York City. During her younger years Alyce worked dilligently always helping her family and siblings. She was one of five children; her eldest sister Mary Samen passed away at a young age, as did her sister Najla Samen. Alyce had an older brother, John Samen, who besides being a World War II veteran also owned and operated many successful restaurants and venues. Alyce also had a younger sister, the late Virginia Samen Khouri, who passed away in 2004. In November of 1942, Alyce married the late Edgar D. Hamatie, who himself was a success story in business. They had two sons. The first, was the late Douglas Alexander Hamatie, who was in the U.S. military and was tragically killed in 1962 at 19 years of age while visiting the Pocono Mountains with his family at their summer home. The second was John Edgar Hamatie, who for over 35 years has been the Very Rev. Fr. John E. Hamatie of Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church of Orlando, Florida.
John Yacio Jr. of Arlington, Texas, departed this earthly life on February 6, 2009. A "cradle Orthodox," John grew up in Chisholm, Minnesota. He was a past Board president and Church School Superintendent at St. Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Church in Omaha, Nebraska. John and his family were parishioners at St. Luke's Orthodox Church in Garden Grove when they lived in California. He served on the Vestry and was Usher Coordinator at St. Peter's Antiochian Orthodox Church in Fort Worth, Texas. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Judy, and children and spouses Kathleen and John Sargent, Deborah and Cesar Garcia, and John Yacio III. May his memory be eternal.
Fr. George Shalhoub writes:
Beloved in the Lord,
We are saddened to inform you of the falling asleep in the Lord of our son-in-law Jason Zogaib.
For any clergy who will be able to visit with us, we request that you only bring your cassock and purple stole.
For anyone coming to town, we have blocked off rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott (734-462-2000) or the Marriott Hotel (734-462-3100) under St. Mary Church/Shalhoub-Zogaib family. Please call the church office if transportation is needed.
Below is Jason’s obituary. Please note that the burial service will be private.
Mrs. Daad Saliba-Shalhoub, 54, niece of Metropolitan PHILIP and sister-in-law of Fr. Elias Shalhoub of St. Mary/West Palm Beach, FL, fell asleep in Christ this morning in Beirut, Lebanon. The funeral is scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday, December 20th) in the village of Douma.
Our condolences to Metropolitan PHILIP and Fr. Elias. May her memory be eternal!
The servant of God, Fr. Thomas Moffatt, fell asleep in the Lord at his home in Anchorage, Alaska, early Tuesday morning on September 2nd. He was buried at the Cemetery of St. John Orthodox Cathedral in Eagle River, Alaska, on Saturday, September 13. Please remember Fr. Thomas in your prayers. Condolences may be sent to Lynn Moffatt & Family, 7151 Beaumont Cir., Anchorage, AK 99502.
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