Dr. Raja Ataya

February 07, 1941 - September 21, 2017

Dr. Raja Hani Ataya

Dr. Raja Hani Ataya, 76, of Beaumont, died Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Harbor Hospice, Beaumont. He was born on February 7, 1941, to Mohiba Jamal Ataya and Hani Ataya, in Abey, Lebanon. Dr. Ataya was a Pediatrician in Beaumont since 1985. He was a pillar and iconic member of the community who left a lasting legacy behind.

Survivors include his wife, Sousan Ataya; son, Hani Raya Ataya; daughter, Ramona Ataya-Dakour and her husband, Ramzi and their son, Dean Hani Dakour, all of Beaumont; brothers, Ramsay Ataya of Victoria, Canada and Ragheb Ataya of Vancouver, Canada; sister, Aida Abousaid of Venezuela; and many nieces and nephews.

A gathering of Dr. Ataya’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m., Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Broussard’s, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Southeast Texas Community Clinic, 365 Forsythe, Beaumont, Texas 77701, or to the Texas Game Warden’s Association, 4636 FM 1047, Hamilton, Texas 76531.

Gathering of Family and Friends
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Saturday, September 23, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Sunday, September 24, 2017
12:00 p.m.
Interment
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
4955 Pine St Beaumont, TX 77703

Comments (36)

  • Ruth etb

    28 September 2017 at 04:52 | #

    Sousan and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts are truly broken. Dr. Ataya was a kind, gentle, loving and caring doctor who always took such good care of us. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. Thank you so very much for sharing him with us for 19 years. We will never forget him. God bless your family always.

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  • Donna and Colin Sclerandi

    26 September 2017 at 07:57 | #

    Dr Ataya has a huge fan club in Beaumont. Colin and I are the Presidents. Dr. Ataya was a true love and friend to Colin and I. He loved Colin so much and we had a special bond with him. He taught us to eat labne and told Colin stories of his homeland. Colin will truly miss his Jido. Rest in peace. Beaumont has a broken heart. Susan and Ramona You are in our prayers.

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  • Donna and Colin Sclerandi

    26 September 2017 at 07:54 | #

    Dr Ataya has a huge fan club in Beaumont. Colin and I are the Presidents. Dr. Ataya was a true love snd friend to Colin and I. He loved Colin so much and we had a special bond with him. He taught us to eat labne and told Colin stories of his homeland. Colin will truly miss his Jido. Rest in peace. Beaumont has a broken heart.

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  • Guillory Family

    26 September 2017 at 00:12 | #

    To the loved ones of Dr. Ataya,
    Although we did not have the privilege of knowing Dr. Ataya, we have personally experienced the pain of losing someone we loved dearly. We extend our heartfelt condolences to each of you. Please be assured of God’s enduring love for you, his concern with your well-being, and his willingness to help you endure this difficult time. (1 Peter 5:7) We pray that God’s promise at Revelation 21:4 will provide you comfort in the days to come. For further comforting thoughts, please visit https://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/watchtower-no3-2016-may/when-a-loved-one-dies/.

    The Guillory Family
    Covington, LA

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  • Emily Everett Allen

    25 September 2017 at 22:37 | #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God grant you peace.. Chris, Emily, Aaron & Andrew Allen

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  • Lorraine Davenport

    25 September 2017 at 18:38 | #

    Years ago, Dr. Ataya was on call for our primary pediatrician, Dr. Derrick. Dr. Ataya was wonderful! I never minded him being on call after that first visit! After all these years, he has continually held a warm spot in my heart. I never forgot his kindness.

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  • Rosie Nixon

    24 September 2017 at 21:40 | #

    What a giant! My heart is heavy. My condolences goes out to the Ataya family. He was a friend doing some of the hardest times of my life. He touched my families life in so many ways from when I had my first child to my last. An angel in the storm you will be and are missed. .

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  • Ali & Eloisa Habibnia

    24 September 2017 at 21:24 | #

    Our sincerest condolence to the Ataya Family. Dr. Ataya will be missed by lots of people He made .lasting impression on so many families . Rest in peace Dr. Ataya..
    Ali & Eloisa Habibnia

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  • Kathy Thomas- Hamp

    24 September 2017 at 20:01 | #

    Thank you for all you have done for my girls as your patients, I first met you when nijiah was a newborn now she's 20 yrs old. Then we had lil Serenity you were there again you never turned us down she's almost 8 yrs old. When my girls were admitted it didn't matter if you admitted them are not you were always there coming to see them n made sure they were taking great care of. Thank you for showing us love, thank you for caring for me as there mother with a disability you always knew when I was feeling ill n you seen about me. It was a pleasure knowing you you were a great Dr we will miss you love always. Kathy, Vernon n our girls Serenity Hamp n Nijiah Sylvester

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  • Ed Collins

    24 September 2017 at 16:13 | #

    Thank you for the excellent care you gave my children and most of all for your friendship. I enjoyed our conversations on everything from medicine to Lebanon.. Condolences and God's peace and love to your wonderful family and friends.

    Rest In Peace my friend!

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  • Retha Duke

    24 September 2017 at 14:19 | #

    May the family find peace in their hearts and may God help them thru these sad times. You very special to me, you took care of my three children and when they were afraid you made jokes to ease their minds. Retha, Jodi, Jeannie and Ashton Sutphen. You will be missed.

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  • Retha Duke

    24 September 2017 at 14:17 | #

    May the family find peace in their hearts and may God help them thru these sad times. You very special to me, you took care of my three children and when they were afraid you made jokes to ease their minds. Retha, Jodi, Jeannie and Ashton Sutphen. You will be missed.

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  • Sheri & Morgan Reddell

    24 September 2017 at 12:39 | #

    My heart is soo heavy today. Dr. Ataya has been Morgan's Pediatrician since birth. He was absolutely the sweetest, most gentle, and generous man. He went above and beyond his duties and treated both me and Morgan Reddell just like family. His love for being a doctor shinned in everything he did. We are honored to have had him as our pediatrician for 17 years. You will always be in our hearts and we thank you for being the best!!! Fly High With The Angels.....until we meet again my friend.

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  • Misti Williams

    23 September 2017 at 23:03 | #

    Dr. Ataya was a wonderful person. He took excellent care of my daughter for many years. There are not many like Dr. Ataya he was so dedicated to the children and always good to everyone. You will be greatly missed. RIP

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  • Brown Family

    23 September 2017 at 17:35 | #

    We are so sorry to hear that a wonderful man is no longer with us. He was with me during the difficult births of both my children. He was kind, compassionate, and calming. I remember my son was very ill and Dr Ataya was at home and couldn't leave. He gave me his home address so he could see what was wrong. I will be forever grateful for him for his compassion to a new, young mother.
    May God bring his family and friends comfort with wonderful memories. RIP Dr Ataya! Will you be missed!
    Love always,
    Ralph, Kim, Brooks, and Katie

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  • Ethel Findlay

    23 September 2017 at 13:52 | #

    My deepest sympathy to Dr Ataya"s family. I was fortunate to work with him at St. E"s. He was kind, loving and generous to everyone ; he treated all his patients the same. I will miss him greatly. Rest In Peace, Dr Ataya.

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  • Joanne Leong-Pierce

    23 September 2017 at 12:12 | #

    Dr. Ataya was a pillar in the community. It was my privilege to provide therapy in the care of his sweet patients. He will be greatly missed.
    May God bless his family and all the lives he has touched!

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  • Joanne Leong-Pierce

    23 September 2017 at 12:10 | #

    Dr. Ataya was a pillar in the community. It was my privilege to provide therapy in the care of his sweet patients. He will be greatly missed.
    May God bless his family and all the lives he has touched!

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  • Brent LaForge

    23 September 2017 at 11:58 | #

    Rest In Peace Dr. Ataya. Thank You for the care you gave to my two children over the years. We will always remember you!

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  • Chérie (David Adams)

    23 September 2017 at 04:09 | #

    Dear Susan precious Ramona and Hani I Will Always Love You for the love you showed my precious David and his special needs I would actually drive David from Houston and later Dallas to see Dr. Ataya because he was the only pediatrician I really trusted with David. I also remember Hani driving Dr. Ataya to my house to check on David once when he was in a crisis and Ramona I've loved you ever since you were 4 years old playing in your daddy's office with David. You would walk in there holding David's hand and saying Daddy you better not give David a shot today! Susan I've always loved you and your family and I always will

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  • Emily Kavanaugh

    23 September 2017 at 03:30 | #

    When we moved to Beaumont, I was a sophomore in H.S. & you all had the clinic on Laurel St. I still vividly remember Ramona dancing around the playroom lobby area. Two years later he saved my life., seven years later he was a mentor, and always a respected friend, colleague, and community member. He is one of those people I wish were invincible. Prayers and condolences to all of the Ataya family.

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  • D.Quave

    23 September 2017 at 03:18 | #

    Prayers for you all during this difficult time. Doc will always have a special place in our hearts.
    Prayers and Blessings,

    The Quave Family

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  • Elizabeth Eger

    22 September 2017 at 23:45 | #

    Ramona, Sousan, and Hani, I am sending you lots of love and holding you in my heart. Raja was one of a kind, and I am so lucky to have known him. He was not only an amazing doctor and provider to all his patients and their families but also an incredible friend, parent, and person. It was a privilege to know him, and I will always miss him. Please let me know how I can be in support of all of you in this heartbreaking time.

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  • Brenda Newsum

    22 September 2017 at 23:33 | #

    Our hearts are so heavy to hear about Dr. Ataya. Our son and daughter we're with him from the beginning. He called our daughter Miss America. He has taken care of our grandkids since birth. There will never be a more caring and compassionate doctor for our kids. He truly cared for his patients and their families. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time. He will be very hard to replace as a doctor and friend.

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  • Susan Knabeschuh

    22 September 2017 at 23:02 | #

    My condolences to the family of Dr.Ataya.

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  • Leon M. Hicks, M.D.

    22 September 2017 at 22:50 | #

    It was a privilege to help in the care of his patients. He made a difference in so many children. A friend to all, he leaves a great legacy of service. The medical community and whole area shall miss him.

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  • Keisha Choate

    22 September 2017 at 22:23 | #

    Dr. Ataya will forever hold a special place in our hearts. He was our daughters pediatrician for 7.5 years. He gave us hope and believed in her when no one else did. May God give you all peace and comfort during this time of lost. Dr. Ataya will be missed dearly.

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  • Ali Walker Roam

    22 September 2017 at 21:47 | #

    Words cannot even begin to express what a great man and dr he was. Dr. Ataya had been my dr since I was around 3, I am now 40. He was also my cousins dr and my daughters dr. No matter what he told us to do to get better, we did it and it always worked. Can't think of one time that I ever doubted him. I went to school w Raj, as we are the same age. I can't imagine what the family is going hey at this time. They were all incredibly lucky to be able to call him their father or mentor. They broke the mold w him, I am extremely thankful for having the opportunity to learn from him and his wonderful wife.

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  • Emily McHenry

    22 September 2017 at 21:27 | #

    My deepest sympathies to the family! I used to use Dr.Ataya a long time ago and was one of my favorite doctors. He will be missed greatly!

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  • Courtney Faulk

    22 September 2017 at 21:11 | #

    Dr Ataya you will truly be missed , you were awesome doctor to my kids and we will forever hold memories of you close to our hearts❤❤

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  • Helen Ainsworth

    22 September 2017 at 20:54 | #

    Dr. Ataya will be greatly missed. My granddaughters really didn't like going to the doctor, however they always enjoyed seeing Dr. Ataya and they were always ready for his math questions! Rest in peace Dr. Ataya.

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  • Paula & Johnny Brown

    22 September 2017 at 20:41 | #

    Big Hugs to the Ataya Family, we truly loved Dr. Ataya!!!!!!

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  • Eneida Arroyo Sparrow

    22 September 2017 at 19:55 | #

    My deepest confolences to Sousan, Hani and Ramona. I have so many fond menories of Dr. Ataya. He was not only.my kid's pediatrician, but a dear family friend. He was very much loved.

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  • Kelly Bass

    22 September 2017 at 19:47 | #

    My heart is broken! Dr. Ataya was the most compassionate doctor....who truly cared about his patients and their families! I have been with him since he came to Beaumont. Thank you for taking care of my babies and grandbabies! Prayers to his family!! God Bless!

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  • Dana Rowland

    22 September 2017 at 18:52 | #

    RIP Dr. Ataya. What a great legacy of love you have given.

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  • Jessica Gray

    22 September 2017 at 16:26 | #

    We will miss you Dr Ataya!! Fly high sweet angel!! You touched so many lives!!!

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