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
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Gender
Benny
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Middle name
Naifeh
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Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma 74135
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Benny Naifeh was born on in Kiefer, Creek County, Oklahoma United States
Birth
Benny Naifeh died on in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma United States
Death
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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Ethnicity & Lineage

Lebanese

Nationality & Locations Lived

United States

Religion

Syrian Orthodox

Education

Kiefer High School

Professions

Grocer

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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

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Aug 20, 1919 - Nov 13, 1999

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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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In 1916, in the year that Benny Naifeh was born, visiting nurse Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. at 46 Amboy St. in Brooklyn New York. Ten days after the clinic opened, Sanger was arrested for "violating laws against giving out birth control information" which was defined as obscenity. The clinic was not handing out birth control - just information about sex and birth control methods. (The Comstock law categorized information about abortion, family planning, and contraception as “obscene”.) The clinics and organizations that Sanger established later evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

In 1925, Benny was only 9 years old when in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

In 1979, by the time he was 63 years old, on November 4th, Iranian militant students seized the US embassy in Teheran and held 52 American citizens and diplomats hostage for 444 days. They were released at the end of the inauguration speech of the newly elected Ronald Reagan.

In 1988, at the age of 72 years old, Benny was alive when on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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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