Nemr Gene Abou-Hamdan passed from this life into the next on Aug. 26, 2007, exactly one year and one month to the day that his mama, Joy, passed away.

He is survived by his baba (father) Lee Hamdan; his 16-year-old brother, Neal; his 8-year-old sister, Michelle; his stepmother, Najah; and stepbrothers; his grandparents, Joyce and Gene Reagan, and Teta (Grandmother) Inam Abou-Hamdan in Lebanon; Aunt Laurie Reagan-Andrews; and cousins Dana and Jordan, all of Austin.

In addition, he leaves many great aunts and uncles with extended families and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Lebanon to cherish his memory. Nemr had many friends, but the one he treasured most was Mae Reaves. He and Mae were true soulmates, both of them with brilliant minds who discussed everything from politics and theories to religion and favorite books. We know she is devastated because of her loss.

Nemr was born June 5, 1990. He gave his family so much joy through his short life - words fail in expressing how much we loved our bright and shining star. His mother and father gave him so much love; Nemr’s mama started teaching him when he was still in the womb, as she did with Neal and Michelle. As he was growing up, his baba taught him the meaning of true strength and showed by example the value of having goals and working hard. Nemr and his brother, Neal, were best friends and could talk for hours about music, games, school - or just “stuff.” Michelle’s big brother played with her, watched over her; he also joked and giggled right along with her. Nemr is leaving an emptiness in their lives that only God can fill.

Nemr was a lanky 6-foot tall, handsome 17-year-old with curly black hair, a beautiful smile and laughing eyes. He was full to the top with so much knowledge that we had to listen very closely; however, some of the time it still zapped over our heads. He enjoyed researching and reading, but was down to earth.

Nemr was a student at Bowie High School and would have graduated in spring 2008. He loved music of all genres. He played the cello, bass guitar and piano. He had played cello for three years at Covington Middle School and this school year would have marked his fourth year to play in the Bowie High School orchestra.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, Texas (512) 443-1366); interment will follow at Forest Oaks Cemetery in Oak Hill, William Cannon and Highway 290 West, Austin, Texas.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the funeral home.

“In my ongoing attempt

to shape myself as a better person,

I wish to obtain three things;

The Eyes

of an artist, the mind of

a philosopher, and the

hands of a scientist.”

— Nemr G. Abou-Hamdan

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