September 20, 1922 - March 30, 2014 ANADARKO "The greatness of a man can always be measured by his willingness to be kind."George Salamy, 91, of Anadarko, Oklahoma, surrounded by his loving family, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 30, 2014. George was born September 20, 1922, in Mayfield, Kentucky, to T.J. and Eva (Jabour) Salamy. He spent the majority of his youth in Borger, Texas, where he developed a love for music through playing his trumpet in the band and singing. His family settled in Anadarko, Oklahoma, in 1939 where George completed his education. He began his career in retail with his uncle, Ed Jabour, at the Leader Store where he worked for 9 years with exception to his military service in the Air Force. With the help of his uncles, Ed and Sam Jabour, he established George's Department Store in October 1948. He always greeted his customers with a genuine smile and the best customer service known to man becoming an icon in the business community. George's Department Store continues to serve as Anadarko and Caddo County's oldest department store providing shoes and clothing for the family. George married the love of his life, Dorothy Shadid, on August 26, 1956, in Drumright, Oklahoma. She was the perfect help mate supporting him to pursue the joy he found in loving and serving others. Words cannot express what an amazing husband, father, and son he was. He enriched with his kindness and compassion the lives of his children serving as the perfect role model and hero to them both. His generosity was consistently demonstrated through support of his church and community. He was one of the oldest members of the First Christian Church of Anadarko where he served as a Deacon and sang in the choir. He was active in the Anadarko Kiwanis Club where he was a longtime member. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Anadarko Masonic Lodge #21. He was a lifetime member of the University of Oklahoma Parent Association. George was a wonderful example of how to put God, family, and business in the correct order. He was a member of the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce who presented him with the 2011 Small Business of the Year Award. The City of Anadarko declared March 13, 2007, as George Salamy Day. In 1998 he received a Governor's Commendation recognizing him for "honorable and faithful service to the Great State of Oklahoma for 50 years." He is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, his parents, aunt and uncle Ed and Edna Jabour of Anadarko, and two brothers Dr. Joseph Salamy of Tulsa, and Victor Salamy of Oklahoma City. Survivors include his son and best friend, Dr. Stephen Salamy of Oklahoma City, his adoring daughter, Pamela Salamy of Norman, and his two sisters, Josephine Naifeh and Victoria Hamra of Tulsa, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family will receive friends on Friday, April 4, 2014, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Smith Funeral Home. Donations in George's memory may be made to: The First Christian Church, 212 SW 2nd Street, Anadarko, Oklahoma 73005. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the First Baptist Church in Anadarko with Reverend Garry McDevitt officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Lane Cemetery in Anadarko under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
Published in The Oklahoman on Apr. 3, 2014