Saleema Sabbagha Cobb

April 16, 1948September 27, 2020
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COLUMBIA - Saleema Sabbagha Cobb passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on September 27, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Agnes Davis Sabbagha and George Zachary Sabbagha. She was born on April 16, 1948 and graced us with love and affection for 72 years. She is survived by her sister, Farida Sabbagha Smoak; her brother, Joseph Christopher Sabbagha; her husband of 52 years, Jackson L. Cobb; her daughter, Christina Cobb Horton; her daughter, Wendy Shannon Sullivan; and three grandchildren, Grayson Andrew Horton, Parker Curtis Horton, and August Elsie Horton.

Saleema graduated from Columbia High School in 1966 and from the University of South Carolina in 1986 with a BA degree in art history. She joined Jack in operating Cobb & Sabbagha Realty and Carolina Carpet Corporation in 1983 when her brother George passed away. She worked along-side Jack for the last 37 years as a partner, mentor, and adviser. Carolina Carpets was an export company that sold carpet, carpet yarn, and furniture all over the world. She often traveled with Jack to attend trade shows in Germany and England, and combined work and pleasure by visiting many of the world’s great cities. She made two around the world trips but her greatest pleasure on these travels was visiting the great art museums, and the great architectural wonders of the world. She did an Independent Study while a senior at The University of South Carolina on the architecture of Egypt. She toured all the great sites in Egypt and along the way she gathered many of the fellow passengers on that trip to her side as she gave better tours of the wonders than the paid tour guide on that trip. Recently the South Carolina State Museum had an exhibition of replicas of the treasurers of Tutankhamun’s tomb. She served as docent for the museum and gave extraordinary tours of the exhibit. Her tales of the tomb and the symbology behind many of the items were a pleasure and privilege to hear.

In 1993 she cofounded with Jack Christy’s Christmas. Christy’s Christmas grew from a small, temporary store operation, to the largest store in Broadway at the Beach. The Broadway Store opened in 1995 and it was a showcase of her artistic talents. The store won national awards from the Christmas Industry for her innovative and decorative designs and her incredible Christmas Village displays. She was the merchandiser, the designer, and the overall manager of the operation. She attended trade shows all across the country and made friends with many of the owners of the top Christmas Stores in the nation.

She was a talented and published author. She had numerous articles published in local and regional magazines but her opus magnus was an historical novel she recently completed – “Sea Wind”. A novel she had long conceived as the appropriate sequel to Gone With The Wind.

Her decorating and artistic skills were supremely utilized in the building and design of our home in Myrtle Beach. “Cape Cobb” is a truly unique home with each room and bedroom decorated around a single theme. The bedroom themes include Egyptian, Gone with Wind, Oriental, Moby Dick, and Disney. It’s a beautiful and fun place to spend a week on the beach.

She loved all holidays and our home was always decorated for each occasion. She loved entertaining and her Halloween and New Year’s Eve parties are fondly remembered by all who were lucky enough to attend. She could do a dinner for four or seat 50 people to dine as the occasion required.

She was a member and past officer of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She proudly presented both of our daughters in turn as debutants and then members of the DAR. She was already planning the activities that will surround her granddaughter August’s introduction as a debutant.

Her talents and abilities were many but her greatest love was bestowed upon her family. She was constantly planning family events and kept us all close to each other as well as close to her heart. Her grandchildren were the source of some of her happiest times. She organized so many family trips to Disney World that we can no longer count the times. In the summer she had pool parties for the family every Sunday afternoon and no one’s birthday got by without celebration.

There will be a visitation at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2020. The funeral service will be held at St. Andrews Baptist Church, 230 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29210 at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2020, followed by a graveside service in Woodridge Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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DeAnna Weed

October 3, 2020

I knew Saleema because she was my sister Debbie Cobb’s sister-in law . I remember babysitting the girls when they were young girls. I always remembered thinking how beautiful Saleema was with her jet black hair and that red lipstick she always had on. But mostly how classy she was. I remember thinking when I grew up I wanted to be like her.
Everyone will miss her so much, mostly her family. She has left behind a beautiful Christ based family. My prayers for Jack ,Christy , Wendy and rest of family.

In, Christ DeAnna Weed

Katina Goodman

October 2, 2020

I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear about Saleema’s passing. We were close when we were younger but lost touch over the years. Our mothers were sisters, and we were first cousins who were very close in age. As children, Saleema and I enjoyed countless outings to the farm to swim in the lake with our siblings and other cousins, and we shared numerous fun weeks together with our families at the beach. She and I (and Jack) attended the old Columbia High School, and Saleema and I participated in several of the same school organizations. When she and Jack were married, I was one of her bridesmaids, and their wedding was an extraordinary celebration of love. In the following years , we both became busy with our individual lives and families and began moving in different directions. I have seen her occasionally throughout the years, and every time I saw her, she always looked exactly the same to me: she never appeared to age. My memories of Saleema, however, center primarily on her truly “larger than life” personality. In all situations, she displayed confidence, elegance, and graciousness. I think it is notable how many people have described her as a warm and welcoming hostess. After viewing the beautiful memorial pictures celebrating her life, I can conclude that her greatest joy was in being a loving mother and grandmother. Her most beautiful smiles are in the pictures with her family. Although she is gone far too soon, it appears that she wished upon a star and saw all her dreams come true - within her lifetime. We should admire and celebrate her rich, full life which was filled to the brim with limitless love, vast experiences, and incredible adventures. I think it is safe to say that she lived each day to the fullest, and she will be deeply missed. My warmest thoughts and prayers go out to her beloved Jack, her lovely daughters, her three cherished grandchildren, and all who knew and loved her. May God’s eternal light shine upon her, and may she rest in peace.

Teresa Milne

October 1, 2020

I was so sorry to read of Saleema’s passing. Be assured of my prayers for all of the family. I enjoyed looking at the entire album of pictures posted. This was a life well lived with so much love for her family. It was so obvious that Saleema (with Jack’s help) took the time necessary to plan and execute each adventure! Thank you for sharing her love of life and family commitment.
With sincere sympathy, Teresa Milne

Gary Davis

October 1, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cobb family. Saleema was beautiful inside and out. She will be missed greatly. Being cousins and growing up together brings back wonderful memories, especially at Christmas time. May God be with Jackie and family during this difficult time . Gary and Margaret Davis

Janice byars

September 30, 2020

I was friends with Saleema since the age of 8, honored to be her friend and sister in law. She cared so much about everyone else, and the better hostess in the south!!And so smart!! But to tell you who Saleema was, Saleema was the most beautiful ornament on the most beautiful Christmas tree in the world. Love her dearly!

Carol Padgett

September 29, 2020

I only met Saleema once, as a guest at a Christmas reception for Wendy’s MTC classmates. She was the consummate hostess! She made my husband & me feel like life-long friends of hers! Her home was warm & cozy & beautifully decorated for the season. (She even shared her asparagus sandwich recipe with me, which my husband says is the best sandwich he ever ate!)! I think Saleema lives on in her precious Wendy, my dear young friend, as an example of fun, creativity, talent, & kindness. I have been blessed by my acquaintance with both of them. May God bless that family!

Gretchen Wise

September 29, 2020

Deepest sympathy to my dear friend Wendy and all of Saleema's family and friends. She was such a treasure to all who knew her and made those in her presence feel special and welcome. I have never known a family so warm, generous, filled with love, and fun loving. I know Saleema will be missed beyond measure by all those whose lives she touched.

Janet Ramsey-Schmidt

September 29, 2020

Saleema was such a kind and loving person and very beautiful. I will miss her always. We became close friends at Wardlaw Jr. High School. One of the most memorable things that we did together, when we were 14, was copy an oil painting for one of our teachers to give as gifts at Christmas. The painting's subject was an old family grist mill, and Saleema and I each painted a copy. We set up easels in my parents' living room and happily worked for several months. She visited my childhood home again recently and remarked that the carpeting was no longer in the living room, just hardwoods. It impressed me that she remembered such a small detail after all those years. Requiescat in pace, Saleema. Janet Ramsey Schmidt

Gladys Grimaud

September 29, 2020

Saleema- one of the kindest ladies I have ever known. Joe & I rented the Cape Cobb house in Myrtle Beach for our family’s week long vacation every June. Joe & I celebrated our anniversary every year in January. Because of this connection, Saleema & Jack feel like part of our family. We have experienced goodness & grace from both of them. Our love & prayers are with you.

Lee Haltiwanger

September 28, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. She was an extraordinary woman and always so sweet to me. I am Elizabeth Davis Keeler’s granddaughter and Saleema was always so patient and kind to my grandmother. We had a few summers where grandma, Saleema, my cousin Paul, and I would go to grandma’s house once a week to play bridge. I always thought it was so cool of her to come and see grandma and to hang out with us. She was also an excellent bridge player! I will never forget her, she’s truly one of a kind.


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