Services for Barsoum Eltom, who died on Oct. 12 in Ardmore, will be on Saturday, Oct. 17 at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. Father Steve Bilsbury will conduct the services, which will begin at 1 p.m. at 516 McLish Ave. SW, Ardmore.
Barsoum was born on Sept. 11, 1970, in Khartoum, Republic of the Sudan. He was baptized at an early age in the Coptic Orthodox Church there. His family moved to Cairo, Egypt when Barsoum was a child and he attended school there until he moved to The Netherlands to live with an uncle and attend high school and college. He later operated a successful business in London, England before moving to the United States in November, 2007. In a short time here, Barsoum thoroughly enjoyed living in Ardmore and was proud to call it his home.
Barsoum Eltom was a kind, brilliant man with a generous spirit. During the years he lived in Ardmore, he became well known and offered unparalleled technical services in computer technology and software applications. Barsoum loved his work as I.T. Director at Oak Hall Episcopal School and looked forward to seeing the students, faculty and administrators there on a daily basis. Although Arabic was his native tongue, Barsoum had superb skills in writing and speaking English and Dutch. He was also conversant in the German language.
Barsoum was preceded in death by his father, Kamil Eltom.
He’s survived by several loving family members who reside in Europe. Also surviving this fine, decent man is the love of his life, Betsy Clark of Ardmore and several persons he truly loved, including Stephanie Jordan, Jaye Foster and David B. Jordan Jr., all of Ardmore, Karla Clark of Duncanville, Texas, Mike Clark of Los Angeles, and Maria Calil of São Paulo, Brazil. Barsoum was also particularly fond of Jaye Foster’s children, Brinton, Ande and Natalie Foster.
During the last two years of his life, while battling cancer, Barsoum lived with his host parents, James and Cheri Clark of Ardmore. They express profound thanks to the countless numbers of persons who visited and comforted Barsoum during his last days and especially wish to thank dedicated attendants of Cross Timbers Hospice of Ardmore. Jane Ann Bramlett, Mike Carr, Father Steve Bilsbury, Rev., Ted Clark Sr., the Rev. Ted Clark Jr., Mark and Martha Riesen, Jennifer Evans, Terrell Fuller, Darla Herndon, Paula Pierce, Doretta, Madison and Paige Anderson, Dr. Ron Bulard, Julian Bulard and many others frequently came to visit and comfort our dear family member in his last days. Barsoum also had a wonderful business relationship with Heidi Chapman and the outstanding employees of The Cloverleaf Boutique of Ardmore. James and Cheri also extend sincere thanks to the many people who contributed funds for Barsoum’s many trips to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for treatment.
In lieu of flowers, friends of Barsoum are asked to send gifts in his memory to Oak Hall Episcopal School, 2815 Mount Washington Road, Ardmore, OK 73401.
After cremation, Barsoum’s ashes will be placed in the Columbarium at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Ardmore.