Berry Highland Memorial

5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN


Sami Butros Natour

March 1, 1933January 14, 2020

Surrounded by family, Sami Butros Natour passed away at home on the evening of January 14, 2020 in Knoxville, Tennessee at the age of 86. He was born in Ramallah Palestine on March 1, 1933. Sami joined his father in the states in 1953 where they worked hard to make a better life for their family. He later traveled home and married his wife Abla in 1956. He then came back and settled in Arlington, VA. In 1972 along with his brothers, Samir and Naji moved the Knoxville, owned, and operated the Copper Kettle Restaurant. A big man with few words, he was most happy when he was spending time with his family especially during holidays. Sami was preceded in death by his parents, Butros and Mudallaleh Natour, his beloved sister, Sumaih and brother-in-law George Muhawi of Ramallah. Sami is survived by his wife of 64 years, Abla (Shatarah) Natour, his sons and spouses, Peter and Rita, Basel and Mervet, Bassam and Manal, his daughter Vivian and son-in-law Bassam Abdel-nour. Sami is survived by 10 of his grandchildren. Sami is also survived by his brothers, Samir and his wife, Mary, Naji and his wife Abla. Pallbearers are his grandchildren, Sami, Michael, Fadi, Joey, Mark, Cameron, Rami, Tony, Christina and Grace. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to All Saints Catholic Church or St. George Greek Orthodox Church. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 5-7pm at Berry Highland Memorial. Funeral Services will be held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11am with Burial to follow at Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery.


  • Visitation Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 18, 2020
  • Graveside Service Saturday, January 18, 2020


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Joe Robinson

January 17, 2020

Such a huge loss for the Natour family. So sorry to hear about Sami. I have known the Natour family for 46 years. Started working at The Copper Kettle at 14 years old. WOW what great memories I have and so so many laughs back then with Sami and the entire family. I could not have had better 1st job anywhere else!! What a great experience for a teenager in the 70's. $1.65 an hour and 1/2 price food, what could have been better, plus the food was really awesome. Best fried chicken & (what they called) Jo Jo potatoes ever! Then there was the soft serve ice cream cones, the best! Such great great people.

Pete and I were the best of friends, inseparable in the old days. School, work and pleasure time we were always together. Swimming in the back yard pool and listing to Deep Purple on the record player in the basement, but most of all, running the roads on the Honda! lol

Sami, thanks for opening your home and work for me during my important learning years as a teen. I'm glad I got to know you and your amazing family. RIP.

Dallas Osborne

January 17, 2020

Pete and Rita,

So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Dallas Osborne

Douglas Coram

January 17, 2020

Growing up across the street from this family ! Sami&wife&son worked long hours at The Copper Kettle on Western Av. Great place to eat. All while raising 4 great kids. Peter(Butros) Natour is simply one of greatest gentleman I know and owns very successful restaurant downtown , Pete’s Cafe.
Tremendous loss to a terrific FAMILY ! Condolences from the Coram family

John & Rhonda Dunn

January 17, 2020

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Natour. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Roger Cunningham

January 16, 2020

I only met Sami Nator one time, but I've been a recipient of his legacy for many years, as I've eaten often at Pete's and Sami's and know the quality of his food, the dedication of his son's to give their best to the communities they are in and the customer's they serve. While he will be greatly missed, his legacy lives on. Job well done Mr. Natour. We are the better for it. Thank you sir. RIP