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Robert A. Shakir

Robert A. Shakir was born May 30, 1915 in Ensley, Alabama to the late Henry and Amanda Jarvis. Robert was one of eighteen children; sixteen of whom proceeded him in death. Today, only one sister remains, Viola W. White of Akron, Ohio. They were a close knit family, yet each lived in different states. Truly a person of high standards, Bob loved to read, study, fish, hunt and was an avid gardener. Maybe you tasted his great spinach, tomatoes and/or green beans from his garden. Bob was a great black history historian and was affectionately called “the professor”. He converted to Islam in 1958 and remained a devout believer his entire life.

With a sparkle in his eyes, he joined in Holy Matrimony on February, 15, 1959 to Juanita Smith. They were blessed to enjoy 52 years of love and happiness. They were proud parents of a blended family of six children. Bob was self-motivated and determined to succeed; he had a powerful will. He retired from Chrysler Corporation in Highland Park in 1975. This loving, caring man leaves a legacy of love to those he knew. May the peace and blessings of Allah (God) be upon him.

On Wednesday, February 16, 2011, a grateful servant of Allah (God) made his transition. His life is celebrated by his wife Juanita M. Shakir, daughters; Bobbie J. Davis (Joe), Dolores A. Moss (deceased), and Harriet-Marcia Shakir, his sons; Gerald Raines (Gloria), Michael Smith, and Alan C. Smith (Aldonna); his sister, Viola W. White; his niece Mary Johnson (Herbert); 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; and a host of other nieces and nephews.

“There is perfect joy and beauty in this everlasting light. All the pain and grief is over. Every restless tossing passed. I am now at peace forever. Safely home in heaven a host.”

Your loving daughter, Bobbie J. Davis

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