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Oscar Dawahare

DAWAHARE Oscar Dee, 90 years young, has gone to enjoy eternity with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the other great saints on Thursday, February 20, 2014. Oscar is survived by his loving wife of 54 wonderful years, Patsy Darnell Dawahare, and four children: Teresa (Rick) Lyon, Kimberly Dawahare, Michelle (Stephen) Deaton, Stephen (Joy Beth) Dawahare. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren. Dawahare was born on March 15, 1923, in Neon, Kentucky. He was the son of the late Serur Frank and Selma Cury Dawahare, who emigrated from Damascus, Syria. He had seven brothers and three sisters. He leaves behind two brothers, A.F. (Jean) Dawahare and Martin (Beverly) Dawahare, and two sisters, Mary Dawhare and Sybil (Dick) Ajalat. Oscar Dee, also known as "Mr. Dee," was the former co-owner, vice president and head of operations for the children's department of the Dawahares chain of clothing stores. The Dawahares chain, including Hoover's Furniture, was 35 stores strong in Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Aside from working in the family business, Oscar was well known for his big and generous heart. He was an avid philanthropist and supported numerous charitable organizations in his state and community such as the Lexington Women's Club, where he devoted 13 years helping to provide clothing for underprivileged children and the Wounded Warrior Project. Oscar was instrumental in the formation of the Dawahare Hall of Fame in association with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. He served on the boards of the Community Trust Bank and Pikeville Hospital. He was the past president of both the Pikeville Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Mountain Club. Oscar valued higher education and enjoyed fundraising for many colleges and universities. He was a member of the University of Kentucky's Fellow Society. Dawahare received numerous awards and recognitions. He was a member of an award-winning local United States Post Office board comprised of Lexington citizens. The Kentucky Future Leaders foundation presented "The Kentuckian Award" to Oscar and his family members in 2007. He also received the Clothier Federated Clothier Award from the Clothiers Corp., a New York-based children's wear buying group. He was recognized for exceptional service to the Boy Scouts. Oscar received "The Humanitarian" award from the city of Lexington, and he was recognized as an "Unsung Hero" for "Lexington Stories." Oscar was proud to be an American citizen and considered it an honor to volunteer for the Army. He served his country honorably during World War II in Normandy, France and at the Battle of the Bulge. He held memberships in Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, and he held a certificate of appreciation for honorable service in the United States Army. His hobbies were stamp and coin collecting, playing the piano, going to all his grandchildren's events, and making his wife coffee and oatmeal every morning. Oscar was a true man of God and lived his life accordingly. He attended Immanuel Baptist Church but also enjoyed attending and supporting many different churches in his community. Oscar was known as a cheerful giver of his money and time to all who needed his help. Oscar's love for Jesus Christ, family, and friends were his greatest passions and possessions. His smile and laughter would light up a room. He knew no strangers and always welcomed people into his home to share a joke and a meal. If you complimented him on his tie, he was known to take it off and give it to you. That was his way of saying thanks for the compliment. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in honor of Oscar Dee Dawahare to one of his favorite organizations: the Lexington's Woman's Club (Clothe the Child Project) 1265 Higbee Mill Road, 40503, Hospice of the Bluegrass 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY or the Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate. A visitation will be held Sunday, February 23, 6-9pm at Kerr Brother's funeral Home on Harrodsburg Road. The funeral will be held on Monday, February 24, 10:30am at Southland Christian Church, Building B, on Harrodsburg Road. Burial will follow at the Lexington Cemetery.

Funeral Home

Kerr Brothers Funeral Home
3421 Harrodsburg Road Lexington, KY 40513
(859) 252-6767

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Feb. 22, 2014
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