Robert Howard Combs Sr., 95, of Warner Robins, Ga. passed away, Friday, July 25, 2014. He was born December 24, 1918, in Lake City, Fla., the eldest son of Roe David and I'Dora Gilley Combs. He was preceded in death by his brothers Roy B. Combs and Jimmy M. Combs.
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Prior to his Naval service during WWII he was married to Dorothy Barber. She bore him two children. She preceded him in death.
In 1946, he married his wife of nearly 50 years, Lois Christine Strock Combs. He met Lois, the love of his life, in Miami, Fla. while driving for the bus company. She rode on his bus and offered to iron his shirts. Later, they moved to Tampa where they lived for many years raising their children and centering their lives around their beloved church. He taught his children pride in their (partly) Native American ancestry and many of his friends and family called him "Chief." Lois bore him five children and in 1994 she preceded him in death. He later married Lois' younger sister, Carolyn Strock.
Notably, he served his country with honor during WWII aboard the USS Oyster Bay APG-6 and was a diesel mechanic. During his service time, he "boxed" for the Navy, representing the Pacific Fleet. He loved recounting his military experiences misty-eyed. He held this service sacred.
He was a champion bicyclist, titled weight lifter and amateur wrestler throughout his younger years.
During his years as an electronics technician, it was said, "he repaired one of the very first TVs ever owned in the city of Tampa." In 1976, he was requested to become the pastor of a small country church in Murrayville, Ga. He accepted and served with faithfulness and integrity for several years. Upon retirement, he and Lois spent many happy years travelling to visit with other churches and to see and experience new places to include even the Arctic Circle.
He leaves behind seven children, Robert H. Combs, Jr. (Joyce) of Murrayville, Ga., Linda Finch (Richard) of Alpine, Calif., Ronnie A. Combs (Fran) of Murrayville, Ga., Roy A. Combs (Joan) of Hawkinsville, Ga., Kenneth R. Combs of Murrayville, Ga., Della Schmidt (Michael) of Paducah, Ky., and Melody Combs (Robert Foster) of Byron, Ga. His legacy includes 19 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two great-great-great-grandchildren and the arrival of one new great-grandchild to be born Wednesday, July 30th.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 29 at The Church at War Hill on Dawsonville Highway, Dawsonville with ministers Curtis Moose and Don Allen officiating.
Interment will follow at Yellow Creek Cemetery, Murrayville, Ga.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, July 28 at Banister Funeral Home in Dahlonega, Ga.
Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega, GA is in charge of the arrangements.
Banister Funeral Home
2068 Highway 19 North
Dahlonega, GA 30533
Published in gainesvilletimes.com on July 28, 2014