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Raja Y. Khoury

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Raja Y. Khoury Obituary
GEORGETOWN - Raja Y. Khoury, age 72, of Georgetown,passed away on November 5, 2018. Raja was born on January 14, 1946 in Acre,Israelto Yacoub and Beikeh Khoury. He immigrated to the United States in 1975, settling in Texas, and living in Dallas, Odessa and Georgetown over the next 43 years.Raja was trained as a woodworker and carpenter's apprentice as a young man in Israel. In America, he worked as a tradesman and carpenter, a liquor store operator, and as a maintenance man. Raja wasa devoutChristian and one of the first members of SaintsConstantine and Helen Orthodox Church congregation in Dallas, Texas. A sweet and genuine man, Raja made friends easily wherever he went. He was generous and charitable, and he believed in community. In his church, or amongst neighbors and friends, he was always quick to volunteer his time, his energy, or his considerable opinions, if he felt he could help in any way. He could not pass a person on the street without saying 'hello', or inquiring about their family. Raja was a one-of-a-kind spirit with boundless energy. He lived a life of motion and of joyful industry, and he passed his time away from work on carpentry projects, gardening, bowling, exercising, cooking, and singing Arabic songs. He loved to travel with his sister Nabiha and his brother-in law Stephen. Active even after his retirement in 2010, he continued to build smallinstruments and to undertake carpentry jobs for his neighbors, always singing while he worked. He continued to build, cook, bowl, exercise, and love his family and neighbors. He never coveted material things. Instead, he cherished his family and the time he spent with them. It was only the onset of Parkinson's disease in 2015 that caused Raja to slow down, and eventually to stop. He was deeply loved and will be deeply missed. He was preceded in death by his parents; by his brothers Gabriel and Constantine;and by his sister, Samira.Survivors include his sister, Nabiha Driscoll and husband Stephen; brothers:Samir Khoury, Nabeeh Khoury and wife Doris,and Elias Khoury and wife Carolyn; nephews:Eddie, James, Michael, Andrew, Gabriel, Jacob, and Matthew; as well as hisnieces:Becky, Jasmin, Emily, Theresa, and Sophie.The family asks that memorial donations in memory of Raja Khoury be made to theHabitat for Humanity of WilliamsonCounty, Texas (williamsonhabitat.org). The Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in the Abbey Chapel located at Restland Funeral Home And Cemetery, located at 13005 Greenville Ave, Dallas, Texas 75243. Burial will follow in Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery. All services are under the care and direction of Ramsey Funeral Home. You may share a message or memory in the online memorial guestbook at www.RamseyFuneral.com.
Published in Odessa American on Nov. 11, 2018
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