In Memory of
George Moussa Abdallah

George Moussa Abdallah, age 76, born on Pentecost Sunday, June 13, 1943 in Tanbourit, Lebanon, was called home to be with the Lord on Good Friday, April 10, 2020. He was predeceased by his loving parents Moussa Abdallah and Teresia Sader, his brother Elias, his sisters Marroun Moussa and Souad Wehbe, his nephews Razzouk Moussa and Bassem Saade.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Latifeh (Laurie) Kmeid, and their children George David, his son Jayden; Rita, her husband Nabil Joubran, their children, Anees (AJ), Tanya, and George; Susie, her husband Fares Hage, and their children, Yasmeen, Nour, and Raymond, all of Houston; special nephew and second son, Fouad Kmeid, his wife Vera Nader, and their children Vanessa and Sammy of Pasadena, Texas. He is also survived by his sisters Ghalieh Ata of Houston, and Sophie Saade of Kfarhbeb, Lebanon, along with many nieces and nephews.

Growing up in his village, young George used to walk to school every day “uphill both ways, barefoot in the snow”. At least that was his tale to his grandchildren.

After a short stint serving in the Lebanese Security Forces and working in catering in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in the early 1960s, George returned to Lebanon at the age of 22 to marry the love of his life, Latifeh. After they eloped, the young couple moved to the United States to pursue the American Dream, moving from Pittsburgh, to Waco, then Dallas, before finally settling in Houston, their beloved home for the last 50 years.

Frustrated that there was no Lebanese bread in Houston, George and his brother opened the first Lebanese bakery in Texas in their backyard. People used to come to their house to buy bread, and Abdallah quickly became a household name among the Lebanese immigrant community in Houston. Fourteen years later, Abdallah’s Bakery and Deli was opened to bring a part of Lebanon to Houston. For many young Lebanese immigrants arriving in Houston, for whom George Abdallah provided opportunities for employment and housing, the Abdallah home became their home away from home.

George was always determined to promote the Lebanese identity in the United States. Representing the American Lebanese League, he was part of the delegation that planted the first Cedar tree at the White House during President Jimmy Carter’s administration in the mid-1970s. Then in the early 1980s, he accompanied the Lebanese president on a visit to then-President Ronald Reagan. Another important part of George Abdallah’s heritage was his Maronite Catholic faith, “the Faith of the Mountain.” Before there was a Maronite church in Houston, George used to organize community trips to San Antonio for special religious celebrations at the Maronite church there. Then when the Maronite Bishop in the United States decided to establish the Maronite church in Houston, George Abdallah was one of the community figures selected to see that the endeavor was successful. And from that point forward, George was the biggest supporter of the clergy serving the Houston parish.

The past 21 years saw a transformation in George Abdallah into the role of grandfather, or “Jiddo” to his grandchildren - his pride and joy. He used to bring them lunch at school, attended all their school events and after-school activities, and always wanted them to join him in Lebanon for the summer, where he built his dream family home for all to enjoy. They will miss him dearly.

George is a two-time cancer survivor. When his health declined in the last few weeks of his life due to non-cancer related complications, he was confined to hospitals and long-term care facilities, where at the end, it was impossible for anyone to visit him due to the current pandemic restrictions. Not being by his side was especially hard on the members of his family, who wish to express their sincere appreciation to all the nurses, doctors, and healthcare professionals who took care of him with dedication and compassion.

Rest in peace, dear husband, father, grandfather, and patriarch of the extended Abdallah family. No one can fill the void you left in our lives and in our hearts. We will miss you and promise to keep your legacy and cherish your memory with the future generations of our family. And as it has always been your wish, we will make sure that your final resting place will be your beloved Tanbourit, the land you so loved. Due to the current pandemic-related restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date. In the meantime, the family appreciates the prayers and thoughts of all those who loved and respected George, and kindly asks his extended family and dear friends to refrain from sending flower arrangements. The family would appreciate it if people would make a donation in George's memory to Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Catholic Church.

“Jesus said: I am the resurrection. Anyone who believes in me, even though he dies, will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11: 25, 26)


Message from
Sari Altman and family
Thu, 04/16/2020

George was always so kind and engaging whenever I saw him in the restaurant. I last saw him in January or February of this year and we sat and talked about how he was feeling and I remember thinking he seemed a bit different but he talked to my daughter about college and me about business. He loved his grand kids and it was so evident to watch his eyes light up when they were around him. He will be missed and I always looked forward to seeing him when I came into the restaurant. Love to the family and may his memory bring you peace.