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"The Fun Map Man"
Feb. 18, 1946 - Sep. 4, 2012
Pierce Combs "The Fun Map Man" passed away on September 4, 2012 in Bradenton, Florida. Born in Lakeland, Florida and raised in West Orange, New Jersey. He attended Montreat Anderson College where he was influenced by a chance friendship with Billy Graham. After graduating from Old Dominion in 1969, on a tennis scholarship. He played professional tennis for several years before embarking on a successful 40 year career in sales and marketing. He married his wife Libby in Annapolis, MD in 1991 and they honeymooned by cruising on their boat, the Pretty Birtie, to Anna Maria Island, falling in love with the old Florida Gulf Coast lifestyle and settling here. He created the Anna Maria Island fun map in 2002, something he enjoyed very much because, to quote Pierce, "of all the wonderful friends he was able to meet". As a lifelong Christian, spreading the word of the Lord, his loving spirit and inspirational messages touched the hearts and lives of many, fulfilling his commitment to "always wanting to help and serve the community". Pierce is survived by his loving wife, Libby, daughters Kelly Combs of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Bonnie Combs of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and countless friends.
A memorial service is being planned for later in the year.
Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Camp Kittatinny where Pierce spent his childhood summers as both camper and counselor from 1956 to 1966. His influence at Camp Kittatinny was important and his memory lives on in the people that he touched over his years at camp. Donations may be sent to: Camp Kittatinny - In Loving Memory of Pierce Combs, 1035 Fairview Lake Rd., Newton, NJ 07860.
Published in Herald Tribune from September 8 to September 16, 2012