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 Chris Joseph Maya, Sr

Chris Joseph Maya, Sr

Birth
Madaba, Jordan
Death 3 Jan 2006 (aged 96)
Weber City, Scott County, Virginia, USA
Burial Weber City, Scott County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 110175891 · View Source
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Chris Joseph Maya Sr., (Issa Yousef Ma'ayeh), 96, of E. Jackson Street, passed away Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 3, 2006) at the Brian Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Weber City, Va.
Born Jan. 1, 1910, he was a son of the late Yousef Salman and Gamra Giries Sunna Ma'ayeh, in Madaba, Jordan. At an early age after his mother's passing, his father moved him and his family to the Holy City of Jerusalem, which was at that time the country of Palestine. While there he was educated at St. George's School where he was one of the top students.
He was employed during his early adult life at Barclay's Bank in Jerusalem. In 1938, he filed for immigration papers which, due to World War II, were delayed until 1948. On arrival of his papers he boarded a steam-liner for his 6-week journey for a dream, and new life - to become an American.
Upon arrival in the United States, he searched for meaningful employment, eventually moving to southwest Virginia, with his cousins, Mike and Farid Salaita. In 1952, he established his own business in Clinchport, Va. In 1953, he hired a sales clerk named Mary Nell Roberts, whom he married in 1954. In 1956 they were blessed with twin children, Chris Joseph and Camellia Nell.
After that time they relocated to Gate City, Va., to establish Chris Department Store, which still today is a downtown Gate City icon and maintains much history of the area and its culture. Eventually their store became their home, with their customers as their family.
Along with his parents, Mr. Maya was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Nell Roberts Maya (May 19, 2005); six brothers, Geries, Zakie, Elias, Fayez, Jubran and Michael; and three sisters, Katrina, Sabat and Virginie.


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  • Created by: Susan Harrington
  • Added: 7 May 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 110175891
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Chris Joseph Maya, Sr (1 Jan 1910–3 Jan 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110175891, citing Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, Scott County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Susan Harrington (contributor 48033562) .