It's hard to believe that it's been over a year since I last called you "Mayor". There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about you and miss our moments here together in the Mayor's office. It was such an honor to work for you and to learn from you. I still come by and "talk" to you each week as you rest peacefully and I know that you are watching over me and your family. My life was so blessed by you. God bless you always, Mayor.
Congratulations sir on your OUTSTANDING, DEDICATED service to the United States. I was privileged to attend the services for Mr Combs. The turn-out was evidence this man was loved and admired by many people. My observations are that he was a great man, father, and grandfather. His surviving family is now the testament of his accomplishmentsg; and a glowing testament they are!
Dear Mrs. Combs, Cathy, Bob, Carol, Ken, and Francis,
Kit and I would like to extend our sympathy. The last time I was able to see you all was when mama was in the hospital. Your dad pulled through. I'm sorry we couldn't make Mr. comb's funeral, we wanted to be there for you the way you were for us. It's hard. I have great memories of your dad. I can see Beauty Belle greeting him in the driveway when he came home from work. He was always friendly to us kids. He was a great mayor for Gulfport. Mrs. Combs, et all, I give you a great big hug. Love, Jane and Kit Glenn
Carol...you & your family have my sympathy in the loss of your father.
Carol, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time. May your many memories be of great comfort.
Mrs. Combs, Cathy, Bob, Carol, Ken, and Frances--Please accept my deepest sympathy on the death of Mr. Combs. I have many fond memories of Mr. Combs growing up on 55th Street. I even had the opportunity to baby sit a few times. Mr. Combs was a very kind and caring person. He was a good father and a great family man. You must all be so proud of all of his lifetime accomplishments. He was a great mayor for Gulfport and he will always be remembered as a strong leader for our city. He will be sadly missed by all. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. Love to you all!
Dear Combs Family, Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family . Mr Combs was a great man and a great Mayor to our city while he was in office . He will be missed .
A pleasure and 'my honor' serving with you Sir!
I'm so sorroy for your loss as he was a great man and so many loved him.
May God bless your family during this time of sorrow.
I join my brothers, Lee and Evans, in sending heartfelt love and sympathy to our mother's brother's family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord be with you. With love, Caroline
My deepest sympathy in your loss. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow. Dot (formerly of Gulfport, MS)
To the Combs family - my thoughts, prayers and love are with you at this sad time. He was a great man and I feel fortunate to call him friend. Thank you so much for letting me visit him during his last hours. It meant the world to me. I will miss him dearly.
Our commander will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure to serve under Him, We have also lost a great friend, Msgt's retired Jake & carol Jacobson.
Mrs Combs, Ken(Jr), Carol, Frances, Bob, and Cathy: I am saddened to hear of your loss. I fondly remember as a boy, Tommy and I spending a lot of time at your home. I especially remember Mr Combs always made a point to say hello and ask how we were each day. I also remember his wonderful sense of humor. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Ken Combs will always be remembered for the truly outstanding individual he was. He definitely left his mark in time.
Deepest sympathies to the family. I will keep you all in my prayers.
I had the distinct privilege of knowing and working for Ken for many years. Ken was the right man at the right time for Gulfport, and the city certainly thrived under his leadership. He will be sorely missed, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.
We extend our deepest sympathy to your family along with our thoughts and prayers. He was a joy to talk to and work with.
As the Department of MS,Americanism Chairman Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States(VFW)I wish to offer the following prayer on behalf of our 100 plus Posts:
To the family of Kincheon V arner"Ken" Combs,
Our Heavenly Father, the march of our comrades is over and he lieth down in the house appointed for all the living. The Master saith, Thy brother shall arise again, for I am the Ressurection and the Life, and he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. We beeseech thee to look in mercy on his bereaved family and to Thy name shall be praise forever and ever amen.
VFW post 2539 shall drape their charters for one month in honor of Life Member Ken Combs,our beloved comrade.
VFW Department of MS, Americanism Chairman
What a treasure we have lost. His love for his family, city, and state is truly an example for us all. We shared a love for columnist James Arrington and Jones County Junior College.
My sinere regrets to all.
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.
Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Please accept my deepest sympathy. General Combs was one of the best Commanders i ever had the pleasure to serve under.
Edith, I'm sorry to read about the loss of you Father-in-Law. I hope you and Ken find the peace and strength to sustain you during this sad time.
Our deepest sympathies to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
We extend our sincere sympathy to the entire Combs family. Although we no longer live in Gulfport, we still considered Ken to be our friend.
Sorry to hear the bad news He will always have great memories in our hearts.love always
I'm sorry that I never got to know Uncle Ken and his family. Please accept my deepest sympathies.
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
I am the oldest of the five "children". I have watched my Daddy go through a long, hard two years now. I pray that he is finally at peace and able to have some much-needed and deserved rest. He fought his numerous painful health problems with every fiber of his being until his very last breath. Bless his heart! I love you, Daddy...and can't imagine yet how very much I will miss you being here at home with us. God Bless You, Daddy....and take care of Carrye Anna for me until I see you again. Houston loves you very much too, Granddaddy!
WE WANT TO EXTEND TO YOUR FAMILY OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY.
I am sorry to read of Your lost.
I'll keep all of Yawl in my prayers.
May God bless and keep Yawl in his care.
He will be missed he was a good man God bless his family sincerely Dean and Ella Jackson
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
May the Lord comfort you in your loss. It was truly a privilege to serve with him in the military
I have over 20 years in service to local government. I have always held the years I worked with Mayor Ken Combs as special years. My sympathy to his family for their loss. He was a gentlemen who simply loved his community.
Ken Combs was a good person who devotes his life to giving back to his community and his country. He expected others to share his devotion to his love of service and dedication. He was a leader who did not lack the ability to say exactly what was on his mind - a rare quality these days. We will miss him.
I didn't know Mayor Combs well, but I was a resident of the Coast when he was first elected and enjoyed meeting him. He was always friendly and nice to everyone. He will be missed.
My deepest sympathy to the family of
Ken Combs...What an outstanding example he set for everyone of all ages
Our deepest sympathy to the Combs family for your loss.
SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS,HOLLIS ALWAYS THOUGHT A LOT OF KEN,OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYER ARE WITH YOU DURING THIS TIME.
My sympathies to the Combs family at this time. Mr. Combs will be missed as well as remembered fondly.
I am sorry to hear of Ken's death. He was a very fine man and certainly served his community well. I will always be grateful to him for the kindness and consideration he showed our son Billy when Jack died and we came home to Gulfport.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
May God bless your family with peace and understanding in this time of sorrow.
Ken Combs was a leader of great resolve and conviction. He wasa great man, and man enough to admit his own mistakes.
I consider myself fortunate to have known him and to have served under him. My thoughts are with his family.
Mrs Nita and family, Mr Ken was a special part of our lives. He and my dad (Elvis L Mizell, Jr.) were very good friends and he took me in like a part of the family. He came to my dad's funeral in 2000 and sent flowers when my mom died last year. He was a very caring and dedicated man to everyone he knew. My husband admired him very much from starting out with nothing and becoming the greatest man we know. He will truely be missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I met Mr. Combs during his tenure as Mayor in the early 90's. Both being MSU graduates, we talked baseball and football in his office for at least an hour before we got around to the City's business. In my 20 years of working with public officials, I never met anyone as genuine and honest as the Mayor. I considered him my friend, and I will miss him. God Bless.
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead. You are all in my prayers.
To the entire Combs family, though he carried the lofty titles of General and Mayor in his life, I considered Ken simply my friend. He truly made a difference in his city, community, state, nation, neighborhood, and church - but also he made a difference among his family, friends, colleagues, troops and even mere acquaintances. Ken will be deeply missed but his legacy will be long lasting. Janie joins me in extending our love and prayers to our friends, the Combs family. May God bless you with His peace, comfort, strength and love during this time.
He will always be remembered as the TOUGH-AS-NAILS outside with a HEART OF GOLD inside Commander to me. I have become the person I am because of the great influences of the men and women I served with in the MS Air National Guard and I will always consider knowing him as a blessing. He will be missed but not the lessons he taught me. They will carry on in me and those who knew him best.
Thanks for your guidance when I was a teenager, Uncle Ken.
Regards to the Combs family in MS.
TO THE FAMILY OF COL. COMBS,
"HE WILL BE MISSED BY MANY..... OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS TIME. WE REMEMBER HIM FOR HIS FRIENDLY GREETING ON THE STREET, IN THE BANK, AT A PARTY, AT THE ARMED FORCES RET. HOME, NO MATTER WHERE HE WAS, HE WAS SO CORDIAL."
Ken was a great Mayor & did a lot of things for the City of Gulfport. He kept our Senior Program going, even when the Director of Leisure Services wanted to cut back on it. He knew how important the Senior Program was to the citizens of Gulfport. He will be missed. Sorry for your loss.
Please accept our deepest sympathy. Ken Combs was a man of principle who always stood up for his God, his nation, his family and his friends. We were deeply honored to be among his friends. Nita and family will be remembered in our prayers during the coming days.
I was saddened to hear about the passing of Mayor/B. Gen. Ken Combs. I vividly remember meeting him the first time in 1964 at the age of 8 while playing at the house that he bought in Bayou View. I valued his long friendship of over 42 yrs. and credit his influence on my life as a scout leader (I became an Eagle Scout along with his son, Bob); as a great Daily Herald customer (I delivered his paper for 8 yrs.); and as a military leader (I recently retired in the Air Force after a 27 yr. flying career as a F-4 combat fighter pilot and Air National Guard B-1 bomber pilot). My older brother, Kenneth, was also positively influenced by Gen. Combs while serving under his command and recently retired from the military as an officer. His greatness can be measured by the positive influence he had on those he knew and served. He epitomizes duty, honor, and country. My prayers are for his family who bear his passing. We are all honored by his life and the citizens of Gulfport who were blessed to know him will miss him.
Ken was a friend and a mentor. I will truly miss him
Our Prayers and thoughts are with the Family of Ken Combs, We are members of Trinity Church and great friends, Ken helped with the installation work on getting the A/C in the buildings before the Sanctuary was completed. A very Knowledgeable Man with an ambition to get the right things done.
I have fond memories of serving with Ken in the Military.
Deepest sympathy to the family of Ken Combs. He was a credit to our city and our nation and will be sorely missed.
We are saddened to hear about the loss of Mr. Combs. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
May God grant your family peace during this time of sorrow.
What an awesome man!!! Always had a open door policy and was open to talking with you anywhere and anytime....I am very privileged to have worked under his administration. Now he can use that fantastic sense of humor in heaven....
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and especially Frannie, our neighbor. We are sorry for your loss. He will be deeply missed.
I first met Ken in 1970 when he was a Major in the Air Guard. He always went out of his way to be so nice to everyone.
This great gentleman was truly a public servant and will be missed by all.
Ken Combs was a friend to all who lived and worked at the Naval Home. We've lost a great man and great leader. My thoughts and prayers to all the family - bless you all.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Ken Combs was one of the finest men we have ever met. He will be missed greatly by all who knew and love him.
I remember Mr. combs when I was stationed at Keesler in 1990. I remember him as a very personable man who would go out of his way to say "hi" to you.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of need.
Mayor Combs was always known for sticking with what he believed in, even if it was politically damaging personally. We would be fortunate to have more leaders like him.
You reminded me of my father in your work ethic and you were the best storyteller I ever met. Thank you for your service to your city, state and country. May God bless your family.
I will always be grateful to Ken for believing in me when I first started my ad agency allowing us to handle his campaign for his first term and re-election four years later. He was a good friend and I will miss him.
MY HE REST IN PEACE AND GOD BLESS YOU WILL BE MISSED!
LOVE RONNIE BARKER, TAMMY ASHLEY AND MICHAEL MCGILL
My sympathy to the Combs family he was a man to admire standing for what he belieived right, more should be like him.God Bless
Ken was a good friend of mine when he was in service to his state, city, and country. I will miss seeing him.
Ken was a friend and mentor, I have great admiration for Him and will always cherish our association!
NOT ONLY A GREAT LEADERFOR GULFPORT NUT FOR OUR COUNTRY AS WELL WITH HIS MILATERY SERVICE THE LORD JESUES WILL BRING KEN HOME TO THE LORDS FATHER
A great and true friend and a Great American.
We are so sorry for your loss. He was a great man and Mayor!! He is going to be sadly missed by all. May God Be with you Always. Our Prayers are with you.
John and Sally Bunch
The members and staff of the Harrison County Tourism Commission extend our collective deepest sympathy to the Combs family, especially his wife, Nita, and all of his many friends. We had the pleasure of working closely with him over the years. We appreciated his vision, commitment, and efforts to bring the cruise industry to Gulfport. He leaves a wonderful legacy in our community. May his memory be a blessing to all.
The first time I met Mayor Combs I knew I had a friend for life. My best to his family.
Nita and Family; Mary and I will be out of the state until the 26th, but our prayers are with you all. Ken Combs was a terrific individual, and will be greatly missed. GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU at this sad time.
Ken and Edie,
Mark and I extend our deepest sympathies. You are in our prayers.
It saddened me to hear of the passing of former Mayor Combs. We met back in 1992 when I relocated to the coast from NYC. We both were born in the Great State of Alabama, and shared a lot of memories of those years. Whether you were up close or judged him from afar, Ken Combs was Gulfport, he was the MS Gulf Coast. To his family my sincere condolences on the loss of Mr. Combs. The Bible tells us that weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning. God Bless.
My thoughts are with you, Cathy. It's been a long time since our Class of 72 days but I remember our school days fondly and am so sad to hear of your loss. I'll be keeping you in my prayers. My mom Doris Wilborn worked at the airport while your dad was associated with the Air National Guard; she too wants you to know how very sorry she is to hear of his passing. He was a lovely man and I know he did a lot of wonderful things for our old hometown Gulfport. Take care!
My deepest sympathy to family and friends.
We are saddened to hear about Ken and send our love to each of you. We will pray for God's peace and comfort.
Jack & Carolyn Ramsey
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
You will be sadly missed. Peace be with the family.