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Memory Eternal! + Subdeacon George Shakour

Subdeacon George Jacob ShakourSubdeacon George Jacob ShakourHis Grace Bishop Basil writes:

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Subdeacon George Shakour of St. Michael in Beaumont, TX, who reposed on Pascha. Condolences may be sent to his wife Sherridan c/o her parish priest Fr. Michael Pavez at Please join me in praying a rope for the repose of Subdeacon George's soul, saying, "O Lord Jesus Christ, grant rest to the soul of Thy departed servant." May he be granted Paradise, and may you be granted long life.

The following obituary was published on the Broussard's Mortuary website, Beaumont, TX: 

George Jacob Shakour, 69, of Beaumont, went to be with his Lord unexpectedly on April 15, 2012, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital. Mr. Shakour was born on November 8, 1942, in Beaumont, to George and Mildred Shakour. He attended Beaumont High, and continued his education at Lamar University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Government. He enlisted in the Army after college, and bravely served his country in the Vietnam War. During his service, he received an Orthodox cross from a priest in Italy which he never took off for the rest of his life. George was a devoted member of St. Michael’s Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church and served as a sub-Deacon there. He also dedicated many hours to the small church of St. John the Divine in Lake Charles, Louisiana.George’s life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family especially at his second home at Crystal Beach. Some of George’s hobbies included gardening, fishing, most of all “fiddling with anything.”

George is survived by his wife, Sherridan Pearce Shakour; son, Derek Shakour and his wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Stacy Stevens and her husband, Spencer; step-daughter, Tandy Tutt, all of Beaumont; sister, Carolyn Wright and her husband, Al of China; grandchildren, Avery Shakour, Beau Stevens, Anabel Stevens and Talya Tutt; his aunt, Doris Debbs of Beaumont; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves three loyal loving dogs that will miss him tremendously.

He is preceded in death by infant daughter, Hope Shakour, and his parents.

A gathering of his family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2012, with a Trisagion at 7:00 p.m., at St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 690 North 15th Street, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 690 North 15th Street, Beaumont, 77702; St. John the Divine Antiochian Orthodox Church, 5732 Bennie Lane, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605; or Humane Society of Southeast Texas, 2050 Spindletop Avenue, Beaumont, 77705.