H. Mirza Amirkhan Jr.

January 19, 1927December 24, 2012

H. Mirza Amirkhan, Jr., passed away surrounded by his family on December 24, 2012. Mirza was born January 19, 1927 in Dallas, Texas, the son of H. Mirza Amirkhan, Sr. and Norma Snow Amirkhan. Of Armenian descent, H.M. Sr. escaped Turkey and arrived in the United States in 1909 and in 1911 founded The Oriental Rug Cleaning Co. on Ross Avenue in Dallas. He married Norma Snow of Bangs, Texas in 1923 and operated the business until his death in 1955. H. Mirza, Jr. attended Miss Taylor’s, graduated valedictorian from Terrill Preparatory School for Boys in 1943 and attended Georgia Tech before entering the service in 1945. A member of “The Greatest Generation”, he served in the 5th Army Air Force, 13th Air Service Group in the Army of Occupation in Japan. Mirza met Inez Hunter on a blind date at SMU and they married in 1950. He graduated with a B.A. from SMU in 1951 and was admitted into the State Bar of Texas in 1954. He operated the family business from 1954 until his retirement in 2010. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Rug Cleaning and was a widely acknowledged expert on oriental rugs. His daughter, Ellen, entered the business in 1980 and serves as its president. Mirza enjoyed travel, dining out, photography and sports. Most of all, he took care of his family and was a friend to many. He will be fondly remembered for his quick wit, generosity, gentle spirit, a kiss on the ladies’ hands and a big “Hi, Ho!” Mirza is survived by his wife of 62 years, Inez Hunter Amirkhan; his son Dr. Nelson Amirkhan and his wife Dr. Robin Amirkhan; daughter Ellen Amirkhan; sister Dr. Mary Outlaw; brother-in-law Philip Hunter and his wife Maxine; several nieces and nephews and many friends. The Amirkhan family would like to thank the staff of The Legacy at Preston Hollow for their special care in Mirza’s final months. Visitation will be held 6:00- 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2012 at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home. A Memorial Celebration will be held Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Sparkman/Hillcrest Northwest Hwy. Chapel. Memorials may be made to Northaven United Methodist Church, 11211 Preston Rd., Dallas, Texas 75230 or The Legacy at Preston Hollow, 11409 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75243. A reception in honor of Mirza will follow at the Sparkman/Hillcrest Family Lounge following the Memorial Service.


  • Visitation Friday, December 28, 2012
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 5, 2013

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Jim Schutze

January 4, 2013

Mirza's take on current events and the city was always enlightening for me. He was such a smart man, and he had experienced such a broad spectrum of the world around him. For me, chatting with Mirza was like reading a really good book.
Jim Schutze

Mariana Greene

January 4, 2013

Oh, I think so highly of Mirza and his family. He was such a delightful and kind man, interested in everyone who came through the door of the Ross Avenue shop. He loved Dallas, cherished its history as the place he called home, and stayed interested in the daily life of the city, its past and its future.
I will very much miss his cheerful greeting and his love of life and his dear family. It was clear he loved you all so much. I am so grateful to have known him.
Mariana Greene, Dallas

January 2, 2013

Dear Ellen,

Just want you to know that we love you and pray for you and your family in this time of grief. Mirza was an incredibly gentle, sweet, honorable man and we were privileged to know him.
Much Love,
Brenda & Flay Mohle

Janice Mitchell

January 2, 2013

Rest well, Uncle Mirza!

Lucy & Rick Lane

January 1, 2013

Dear Amirkhans,
Your loss is surely felt and shared by all who knew Mirza, who was always a joy to see when we visited the shop. His obituary reveals such an impressive life of accomplishment, not only personal, but as we know, that of having so many friends who admired him and enjoyed his company. He will clearly be missed, but our memory of him remains with those who knew him.
Lucy and Rick Lane

Sharon and Jerry Dickinson

January 1, 2013

It was such an honor to have met Mr. Amirkhan a few times. He was so very gracious. I remember him sitting at his typewriter, one that predated him in age, and efficiently working away on it. We salute him for his service to our country and being part of "The Greatest Generation" that made our comfortable way of life possible. "Thank you, Mr. Amirkhan."

Our sincerest sympathies to Ellen and all the family.

Beverly Morris

December 31, 2012

Our sympathy and prayers are with you and your family. Beverly Morris

Kim Kolker

December 31, 2012

To Ellen and the Amirkhan Family,
On behalf of all of us within NTISA, we send our condolences for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

December 28, 2012

Mrs Amirkhan, Ellen & Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mirza was just an absolute classic with a program for everything and everyone. We also will miss him so.
Ken and Harriet Adams

Quin Mathews

December 27, 2012

Dear Mrs. Amirkhan, Ellen, Nelson, and family,

Mr. Amirkhan was always a joy to talk to. We had several long conversations because of our shared Snow/Bangs connections. My grandmother was Vera Azalea Snow of Bangs, so let's assume we are all family!

I pass by the business daily and always think of your family. Mr. Armirkhan was a gentleman and pillar of Dallas.

Wishing you happiness in the new year. You have my condolences now.

Quin Mathews (Quinten Snow Mathews Jr.)