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REV. LEWIS STEVENS "COTTON" COMBS, 91, of Huntington, passed away Friday, February 28, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, by Pastor Kim Stone. Burial will be in Morrison Cemetery. He was born August 26, 1922 in Columbus, Ohio, a son of the late Lewis and Julia Stevens Combs. He was a retired employee of CSX, a charter member, founder and former Pastor of Freedom Independent Missionary Baptist Church and Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, and was a veteran of the US Navy, having served during WW II. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Morrison Combs, his stepfather, Freeland Eplion, and one brother James Combs. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Judy C. and Woodrow Childers of West Point, Ind., and one son and daughter-in-law, Lewis Stephen and Charlotte K. Combs of Orange Park, Fla.; two half-brothers, Donald Eplion of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Kenneth Eplion of Huntington; four grandchildren, Brent and Becky Sims of Lafayette, Indiana, Timothy S. Combs and his wife Kelly who was his caregiver of Huntington and Kimberly L. VanWagenen and her husband Dale of Orange Park, Fla.; three great-grandchildren, Katelyn Combs, Grace Combs, and Summer VanWagenen; one step-grandson, Greg Childers of Lafayette, Ind., and two step-great-grandchildren, Derrick and Dalton Childers; a special friend, Icy Eplion; great nephews, Rodney, Jarrett and Harley Eplion; and special friend, Charlie Jobe. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/wallace. Cotton was part of the greatest generation, having lived through the depression and World War II.
Published in The Herald-Dispatch on Mar. 2, 2014
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