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July 15, 2014

David Lee Jackie “Jack” Zorba

David Lee Jackie “Jack” Zorba, age 85 of Stillwater passed away Thursday morning, July 10, 2014, at home surrounded by his family.  

Jack was born May 9, 1929, in Tonkawa, Okla., to Toffick “Tony” and Anna Massad Zorba. His family moved to Ponca City, and then to Perry, in 1939 where Jack was raised.  He attended and graduated from Perry Public Schools in 1947 where he enjoyed playing basketball during his junior and senior years.

Jack began working in his father’s clothing store at the age of 10, stocking and working as a salesperson. After graduation, Jack attended Oklahoma State University, and then returned to Perry to work for his father at Zorba’s Clothing Store.

Jack was drafted into the Army on Jan. 16, 1952, going through Infantry, Basic, and Combat Engineers at Ft. Leonardwood, Mo.  He was appointed to attend the U.S. Army Language School at Presidio, Monterey, Calif.  He was assigned to the U.S. Army Infantry Center as an interpreter and translator in the Danish language.  

Jack finished his tour of duty at Ft. Benning and was honorable discharged on Jan. 14, 1955.  After discharge, he returned to OSU where he graduated in 1959 on the Dean’s Honor Roll and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Once again, Jack returned to Perry to work in his families clothing store.  

There he met and married Joyce Allen Yandell of Perry on Nov. 5, 1961.  After marriage, he and Joyce moved to Stillwater where they opened and operated Zorba’s Menswear, an upscale men’s clothing store in downtown Stillwater for the next 14 years.  After selling the store, Jack and Joyce began selling real estate before retiring.

Family was very important to Jack. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and extended family. Jack was an avid golfer. He also enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and especially training his own bird dogs. He loved his Labanese heritage deeply. Always enjoying it when Joyce would fix a big pot of grape leaf rolls, meat pies, humus, tahini or any other dish that would reflect on his Lebanese roots and remind him so much of his mother.

A vacant place now rests at the Zorba’s. With his recliner empty, we are reminded of who Jack Zorba really was.  His honesty and integrity, a great sense of humor, his faith in God, and above all, his contagious smile.  Jack was a true “Pokes” fan, always taking pride in OSU sports.  He will be greatly missed by so many.  It’s a fact, there was only on true, “JACK ZORBA’.

Jack is survived by his wife Joyce of the home, son, Chad amd Cindy Zorba of Flower Mound, Texas, daughter, Jill and Ronnie Dighton of Broken Arrow, Okla.; grandchildren, Austin Zorba, Andie Zorba, Cody Zorba, Jace Zorba, Nathan Zorba, Haley Vermillion, Hannah Dighton and  Hope Dighton; nieces and nephews, Judi Zorba Clark of Dallas, Texas, Dana Walton Fore of Ft. Worth, Texas, Keri Walton Gilbreath of Ft. Worth, Texas and Michael Zorba of Norman, Okla.

Jack was preceded in death by his father Toffick Zorba 1978, mother Anna Zorba 1984, brother Rudolph Zorba 1996, all of Perry.

Special thanks to Judith Karman Hospice of Stillwater, Dr. Daniel Hill, and other family and friends who have been so helpful during Jack’s brief illness.  

Memorial contributions may be sent to LifeChurch compassion fund at 1917 N. Country Club Rd, Stillwater, OK.  74075

Funeral services were held Monday July 14, 2014 at LifeChurch in Stillwater, Okla.

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