OBITUARY

Afeef Shafeek Hamra

October 20, 1936January 28, 2020

Afeef Shafeek Hamra was born in 1936 in Jdeidet Merjayoun, Lebanon. He was the eldest son of 6 siblings to his parents, Laura and Shafeek. He attended high school at The Souk El Gharb Boarding School for Boys, then traveled to Oklahoma in 1954 to attend college. He graduated from Oklahoma A&M in 1959 with a degree in Civil Engineering and returned home to Lebanon a few years later to be near his parents and siblings. Afeef was devoted to the care of his parents, sisters, nieces and nephews. He married in 1977 and had two daughters, Lauren and Cindy, who he always said were the joy of his life; the apple of his eye; his right eye and left eye; his life and his soul. Afeef worked as an engineer at the Ministry of Transportation in Lebanon for twenty years. In 1981, he came to Oklahoma with his family for a two-week break from the civil war in Lebanon. As the war continued, he and his family remained in Oklahoma and began making a new life in Oklahoma City. Afeef worked as a highway engineer at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation until his retirement in 2001. Afeef was extraordinarily warm and generous; he modeled his values of living an honest life and never taking anything for granted. He selflessly gave to those around him and took immense joy and pride in his daughters and his grandson. He had an amazing memory for facts, dates, and details, making him a master storyteller. Fiercely proud of his origin and family history, Afeef shared his many stories and proverbs with all his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Shafeek and Laura Hamra, his sisters Afaf, Jamal, Souad, Diana and his brother Jamil, his nephew Chukri Mouaikel and niece Jane Ghazi. He is survived by his daughter Lauren Hamra, his daughter Cindy Hamra, son-in-law Jacob Dishion, and his long-awaited grandson Nathan Dishion, who loved his Jiddo so much. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 3, 2020 at St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Memorial donations may be made to the Flowers That Do Not Wither fund at St. Elijah, 15000 N. May Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73134. The family would like to thank the caregivers at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital South for their extraordinary care and kindness and especially cardiologist Dr. Naeem Tahirkheli for giving us so many extra years with our Dad and Jiddo. https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby017246/

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his daughter Lauren Hamra, his daughter Cindy Hamra, son-in-law Jacob Dishion, and his long-awaited grandson Nathan Dishion, who loved his Jiddo so much.He is preceded in death by his parents, Shafeek and Laura Hamra, his sisters Afaf, Jamal, Souad, Diana and his brother Jamil, his nephew Chukri Mouaikel and niece Jane Ghazi.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jacob Dishion, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Joseph Mouaikel, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dr. Sam Hamra, Honorary Pallbearer
  • David Massad, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dr. Paul Massad, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Sameera Murad, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, February 3, 2020

Memories

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Nancy Joyner McKinnis

February 2, 2020

So sorry to the family for your loss. I first met Afeef when he came from Lebanon to Lawton,, Oklahoma and lived with the Hamra family next door to my family. I remember how kind he was to me. I wish I had known he & his family lived in OKC, since I too live near by. I just read this notice tonight & sorry I cannot attend his service & to see the family. My prayers to the family for peace in the days to come.

Christopher Hamra

January 31, 2020

Uncle afeef was a great person who loved his daughters a lot.He used to make me smile with his jokes .I will always remember his as a true good hearted man .I will miss him a lot.Rest in peace uncle and hope that the Lord always protects your loved ones keeping them safe and love.

Christopher Hamra

Christopher Hamra

January 31, 2020

Uncle Afeef was a great person who loved his daughters more than anything and always made me smile with his jokes .I will always remember him as a loving and caring person and will miss him a lot.Rest in peace Uncle and may the Lord protect your loved ones and keep them healthy and happy.

Frédéric Hamra

January 31, 2020

Uncle Afeef was an excellent reference on Hamra family and Marjeyoun history, we really enjoyed his storytelling.
May his soul rest in Peace.

Freddy and Dula

Margaret Burgess

January 31, 2020

I knew uncle Afeef from church many years ago and May your blessed memory be eternal and god give your family strength during this difficult time love margaret and Robert burgess and family

Caroline Uhalde

January 31, 2020

Dear Lauren,
We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved father. You always spoke of him with deep love and great affection. We know you have given yourself entirely, selflessly to caring for him. Be assured of our prayers for his soul and for you and your family to be comforted and to draw ever closer to Our Lord and His Mother.

steve harbour

January 30, 2020

We met Afeef at St. Elijah and spent many coffee hours talking with him about his old country and the difficulties he faced when he moved his family to Oklahoma City from Lebanon. He was a sweet soul and will be missed.

Ramona and Steve Harbour
Littleton, Colorado

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Biography

Afeef Shafeek Hamra was born in 1936 in Jdeidet Merjayoun, Lebanon. He was the eldest son of 6 siblings to his parents, Laura and Shafeek. He attended high school at The Souk El Gharb Boarding School for Boys, then traveled to Oklahoma in 1954 to attend college. He graduated from Oklahoma A&M in 1959 with a degree in Civil Engineering and returned home to Lebanon a few years later to be near his parents and siblings. Afeef was devoted to the care of his parents, sisters, nieces and nephews. He married in 1977 and had two daughters, Lauren and Cindy, who he always said were the joy of his life; the apple of his eye; his right eye and left eye; his life and his soul.
Afeef worked as an engineer at the Ministry of Transportation in Lebanon for twenty years. In 1981, he came to Oklahoma with his family for a two-week break from the civil war in Lebanon. As the war continued, he and his family remained in Oklahoma and began making a new life in Oklahoma City. Afeef worked as a highway engineer at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation until his retirement in 2001.
Afeef was extraordinarily warm and generous; he modeled his values of living an honest life and never taking anything for granted. He selflessly gave to those around him and took immense joy and pride in his daughters and his grandson. He had an amazing memory for facts, dates, and details, making him a master storyteller. Fiercely proud of his origin and family history, Afeef shared his many stories and proverbs with all his family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Shafeek and Laura Hamra, his sisters Afaf, Jamal, Souad, Diana and his brother Jamil, his nephew Chukri Mouaikel and niece Jane Ghazi. He is survived by his daughter Lauren Hamra, his daughter Cindy Hamra, son-in-law Jacob Dishion, and his long-awaited grandson Nathan Dishion, who loved his Jiddo so much.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 3, 2020 at St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Memorial donations may be made to the Flowers That Do Not Wither fund at St. Elijah, 15000 N. May Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73134. The family would like to thank the caregivers at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital South for their extraordinary care and kindness and especially cardiologist Dr. Naeem Tahirkheli for giving us so many extra years with our Dad and Jiddo. https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mby017246/