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Frank Shaff Elkouri

Oklahoman Published: November 12, 1995

ELKOURI Frank Shaff, 90, a longtime businessman in Anadarko, was born June 30, 1905 in Sherman, Texas, and died November 10, 1995 in Chickasha. When Frank was 4, his mother returned to her home in Lebanon, taking him and 2 sisters to live there until he was 13. He & his sisters, Edna & Rosa, returned to the United States through Ellis Island, and lived in Sherman, Texas, until moving to Holdenville, OK where the family operated a clothing store. At age 16, he started his career in the clothing business as a traveling salesman. On Sept. 5, 1926, he & the former Rose M. Toma were married. They moved to Roosevelt, OK in 1930, and to Anadarko in 1931, where he went into business with his sister & brother-in-law, Edna and Ed Jabour, in The Leader Store. Several years later he and Rose opened their own clothing & shoe business, The Famous Store, where they worked side by side for more than 30 years. She retired in 1977 and he in 1984. Frank was a member of the First Baptist Church of Anadarko, where he served on many committees. He also served his community through memberships in the Kiwanis Club, The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce, the Masonic Lodge and the Anadarko Lions Club. He was preceded in death by his parents: Ameen Elkouri and Nabeehah Shadid Elkouri, two sisters: Rosa Shadid and Ruby Misleh. Survivors include his wife, Rose, Anadarko: a son: Dr. Harvey Elkouri, and his wife Delores, of Chickasha; daughters: Kay Keys, Anadarko; Fay Davis, Downey, CA., Marilyn Silva, Sherman Oaks and Carmel, CA.; grandchildren: Sharon Elkouri, Paul Elkouri, Karen Elkouri, Frank Elkouri, Kayla Salazar, Dr. Roy Keys and William Silva; sisters: Edna Jabour & Delores Elkouri, both of Anadarko, and a brother, Henry Elkouri, Ft. Worth, Texas; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, thoughtful neighbors and loving friends. Funeral Services will be at 2:00 PM Monday, at the First Baptist Church, with Rev. J.T. Roberts & Rev. Sam Pace, former pastors, and Rev. Ron Chastine, Officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Lane Cemetery, Anadarko, under the direction of Steverson Funeral Home. BIOG: NAME:

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