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Al Sharis was born on February 19, 1940 in Tehran, Iran to Ismail and Mansoureh Sharif. He was a beloved father, grandfather, wrestling coach, and restaurant owner.

Al came to the United States at age 12, and grew up in Chariton, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, and wrestled for the National Champion Cyclones. He was a devoted member of Sigma Chi fraternity. After a short stint with Stouffer Food Corporation in New York City, he moved to Atlanta and opened his first Nibbles. He successfully operated Nibbles for over 50 years, with locations in Decatur, Lithonia, Conyers, Marietta, and most recently, Acworth, GA.

Al was devoted to his family and to Nibbles. He felt honored and privileged to be a community coach at The Westminster Schools for ten seasons, often bragging about his wrestlers as though they were his own sons. His talents included “thrifting” and crafting deception regarding his age.

Al demonstrated a tireless work ethic, determined perseverance, and kind generosity. He made everyone feel welcomed, and never turned away a hungry soul. “Pay me later” were frequent words from his mouth when customers were short of funds. He was a proud supporter of law enforcement and active duty military, whom he served free of charge.

He is survived by his loving wife and business partner, Anita May Sharis, a sister, Farah Sharif in Boston, MA, and a brother, Bijan Sharif (Pauline) in Cobham, Surrey, England; much loved daughters Zari Callahan (Don), Alexis DiPiero, Marci Kochman (Chris), Wanda Sharis, Farah Sharis, and Sandra Sharis; adored grandchildren, CC, Gray and Sands Webber, and Caroline and Alex Kochman; and much admired nieces, Fahti Self, Nini Donovan, and Louise Black.

A celebration of Al’s life will be held at Nibbles Grill on Saturday, April 30th from noon to 3 pm.  Come hungry!

9 Comments To "Al Sharis"

Amber Greaves On May 02 2022 at 9am
When I was a new business owner in the community I came into Nibbles to get the latest city news. Al always helped me network and told everyone to come get there haircut with me. Al was selfless, had the best personality, and made everyone feel comfortable that came into his restaurant. He made such a legacy in our community. Reply to this comment
Billy Kellner On May 02 2022 at 9am
A great man with a heart of gold. I have known Al for several years working at UPS. I really enjoyed our daily conversations. He taught me many things about being a great father and husband to my beautiful daughters and wife, and how to never give up and always work hard and stand up strong. He was there for me when my father and mother passed and I needed someone to talk to and give me a hug if I needed. I looked up to Al as my second father and I will always cherish our laughter and our conversations together. I honor him with my heart and soul and I know he is in a better place. Rest in peace my friend you are home now.. I will see you again my friend. Love Billy Kellner. Reply to this comment
Charles Brooks On May 02 2022 at 9am
You will be missed old friend. I have always enjoyed eating your great food. RIP Al. Reply to this comment
Curtis Endicott On May 02 2022 at 9am
Al was agreat guy, always had a smile on his face and a kind word whenever you saw him. He will be greatly missed in the community. We love you Al!!! You will be missed!! Reply to this comment
Vivian wallace On May 02 2022 at 9am
Al was a sweet and caring man who loved his family. Always fun with a great sense of humor. A great man loved by all. Reply to this comment
Zach Andreasen On May 02 2022 at 9am
I moved to Acworth in 2015 and stumbled upon Nibbles shortly after. Al and Anita welcomed me with open arms and were integral in helping me adjust to a new place as a young adult here with no family or friends. I formed a quick bond with Al over our mutual association with Sigma Chi fraternity. Al was passionate about living positively and he is one of the most genuine and candid people I have ever had the pleasure to be around. I’ll miss your breakfasts and lunches, but most of all I’ll miss our conversations and your advice and your one-of-a-kind demeanor. You certainly made a positive impact on me and I know you are resting in riches now that your work is done. Strong arms and In Hoc Signo Vinces! Reply to this comment
James Durham (Jimmy) On Apr 29 2022 at 6am
My business relationship with Al went back to the ‘70’s. We shared the good times and the bad times. Al was always a man of his word, dedicated to his family and his work. He will be sorely missed. Reply to this comment
Jimmy Durham On Apr 29 2022 at 6am
A true Acworth landmark now closed with the passing of Al Sharis. A friend to many will be sorely missed. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with his devoted wife and business partner Anita and all his family who he loved dearly. RIP my friend. Jimmy and Carolyn Durham. Reply to this comment
William C McDowIII On Apr 29 2022 at 6am
I will always remember Al as a great guy who was always quick witted with a great sense of humor that seemed to have the utmost respect for his entire family. I’m sure our father in heaven has a very special place for for your presence my friend. Reply to this comment
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