This collection was donated by [Mitchell] Carter and Stephen Carter Rabil. It contains material related to their branch of the Rabil family who settled in Smithfield and Rocky Mount, North Carolina. It contains material about their extended family as well as images of their parents and grandparents.
Carter and Stephen Rabil descended from Edward George Rabil (1987-1974). Edward Rabil was born in 1897 in Hammana, Lebanon. He immigrated from Lebanon at the age of twelve, in 1909, and settled in Smithfield, North Carolina.
At least one of Edward’s brothers, Abdallah George [A.G.] Rabil, also immigrated; the two lived in Smithfield for most of their lives. In 1921 Edward married Mary Farfour Shelby (1892-1986), who had also been born in Hammana. While Abdallah opened a department store in Smithfield, Edward and Mary entered the restaurant business. They owned and operated Ed’s Café in Smithfield for many years.
Together, Edward and Mary had two children: Edward George Rabil, Jr. (1923-2007) and Mitchell George Rabil (1924-1987). Edward Rabil Jr. married Cecil Mae Bradley and Mitchell Rabil married Gertrude “Trudy” Marie Carter. Carter and Stephen Rabil were among their children. This generation of Rabils were talented in various sports, and pursued sports even as they received their college educations. The third generation of Smithfield Rabils were mainstays in both North Carolina and Lebanese-American communities.
Scope and Content
This collection contains official documents, newspaper articles, and photographs related to the Rabil family of Smithfield and their extended family throughout North Carolina. The collection has an emphasis on the athletic activity and achievement of the Rabils. A number of additional research--including newspaper clippings, obituaries, and documents--gathered by Khayrallah Center staff during research, are available upon request. These restricted materials relate to branches of the Rabil family beyond Smithfield and throughout North Carolina.
This collection is a part of a larger collection that has been divided into more specific collections.