A prominent long-time Beaumont pediatrician passed away Thursday at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont.

Dr. Raja Hani Ataya, 76, of Beaumont, who died Thursday, was described in his obituary as a "pillar and iconic member of the community who left a lasting legacy behind."

Ataya had worked as a pediatrician in Southeast Texas since 1985 according to his obituary.

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A gathering of Ataya's family and friends will take place on Saturday evening from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Broussard's Funeral home at 1605 North major Drive in Beaumont.

Services for Ataya will be at noon on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Broussard's Funeral home on North Major with interment at Beaumont's Forest Lawn Memorial Park following the service.

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.