Benny Naifeh (1916 - 1998)

Benny Naifeh
1916 - 1998
updated February 06, 2019
Benny Naifeh, father to 3 children, was born on December 18, 1916 in Kiefer, Oklahoma. He was born to Shahada Naifeh. He married Matilda Pando on July 7, 1944 and Benny died on November 13, 1999. They gave birth to Jerome Jay Naifeh, Bonnie Lou (Naifeh) Smith, and Benny Joseph Naifeh. Benny died on August 13, 1998 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at 81 years of age.


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Benny Naifeh was born on in Kiefer, Creek County, Oklahoma United States


Benny Naifeh died on in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma United States

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at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens, in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma United States


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United States


Syrian Orthodox

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Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma 74135


Kiefer High School



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Served in the US Navy during WWII as a Chief Petty Officer

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Benny Naifeh & Matilda Adelaide (Pando) Naifeh

July 7, 1944 - November 13, 1999
Cause of Separation: Death


Aug 20, 1919 - Nov 13, 1999


Mar 19, 1956 - Feb 15, 2011
1945 - Unknown
1953 - 1988


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NAIFEH-- Benny, of Tulsa, OK, passed away on August 13, 1998 of complications following an extended illness. He was 81 years old. He is survived by: his wife, Matilda; his son, Jerome; his daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and David; 4 grandchildren, Paul Jerome, Kendall, Benny and Robert; and 2 brothers, Jimmy of Tulsa and George of Aiken, SC. A native of Kiefer, OK, Mr. Naifeh was a WWII veteran and long-time grocer in the Tulsa area. He had been retired for several years from the family business, Banfield's in North Tulsa. There will be a Trisagion service at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 1998 at St. Antony's Orthodox Christian Church, 2645 E. 6th. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 15, 1998 at St. Antony's. Interment will be at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens. Memorials should be sent to Saint Antony's in lieu of flowers. Floral Haven, 252-2518.

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1916 - 1998 World Events

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In 1916, in the year that Benny Naifeh was born, the Battle of Verdun was fought from February through December. It was the largest and longest battle of World War I, lasting 303 days. The original estimates were 714,231 casualties - 377,231 French and 337,000 German, an average of 70,000 casualties a month. Current estimates are even larger. The Battle of the Somme was also fought from July through September of the same year. Original estimates were 485,000 British and French casualties and 630,000 German casualties.

In 1925, he was just 9 years old when gangster Al "Scarface" Capone took over the Chicago bootlegging racket at age 26. Previously right hand man to boss Johnny Torrio, Capone took over when Torrio was shot and severely injured and decided to resign. The bootlegging and brothel organization was massive and when asked what he did, Capone often replied "I am just a businessman, giving the people what they want".

In 1977, by the time he was 61 years old, on May 25th, Star Wars premiered in theaters. Eventually, it became the highest-grossing film of all time - until E.T. surpassed it a few years later. It was an immediate hit with theatergoers.

In 1987, when he was 71 years old, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

In 1998, in the year of Benny Naifeh's passing, on December 19th, the movie Titanic - based on the 1912 sinking of the ship and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet - was released. Winning 11 Oscars, it was the first film to gross over a billion dollars and eventually grossed over $2 billion.

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