COMBS, JAMES RILEY, 92, of Louisville, KY passed away on March 5, 2014.
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Jim was born in Perry County, KY in 1921 to James Stacey Combs and Effie Mae Millard Combs. He married Oma Theresa Burns in 1953 in Berea, KY and they had one son, J. Kevin Combs.
He graduated from Asheville Farm School (now known as Warren Wilson College), Asheville, NC in 1941. While attending Bowling Green Business University, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941. As a veteran of World War II, Jim served in the Signal Corps in North Africa and served under General Stilwell (Stilwell's Pet's) in the Sindh Desert in the China, Burma, India Theater. In the CBI Theater, he was involved in electronic warfare were he decoded Japanese messages. He was discharged as a Tech Sergeant but was later recalled for duty during the Korean War (Infantry), the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War where he served as a troop movement officer for the 100th Division. He retired at the rank of LTC from the 100th Division, U.S. Army Reserve in 1975.
Jim graduated with a BA degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky in 1950 and from Northwestern University with a Master's degree in Trust Administration.
He retired from PNC Bank in 1990, having served over 30 years as a Senior Vice President, Trust Officer and Certified Financial Counselor.
Jim was a life member of Military Officers Association of America, Military Order of the World Wars, American Legion, VFW, and ROA. He lobbied for MOAA and AARP in Kentucky and Washington, DC. He was a member of Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church since 1953 and served as an Elder, Trustee, Personnel Manager, Finance Committee member and President of the Presbyterian Men. He loved gardening, golfing, tennis, fishing (he won large mouth bass fishing tournament in ,) exercising at the Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center, and playing the saxophone.
Jim is preceded in death by his wife; his parents; sisters, Zita Hall and Lovella Ritche; and brother, Don Combs.
He is survived by his son, James Kevin Combs (Dae Lynn) and grandson, J. Kevin Combs II.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Jorge Rodriguez, Dr. Victor VanBerkel, Dr. James O'Brien and his Hosparus Team.
The funeral service will be held at Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church, 311 Browns Ln., Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 10 a.m. with burial to following in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. on Friday at Pearson's, 149 Breckenridge Lane. Jim wished for expressions of sympathy to be made to the Frazier History Museum or to Bernheim Forest.
Pearson Funeral Home
149 Breckenridge Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
Published in The Courier-Journal on Mar. 6, 2014