Sara "Tay" McCombs

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Sara (Tay) McCombs, 95, joined her loved ones in heaven on March 17, 2013.

Tay, as she was known to family and friends was born on January 28, 1918 in Mannington, West Virginia to parents Lemuel and Maude Harvey. Tay enjoyed a very blessed childhood spending lots of time with her closest sister, Mary Jane. Tay's parents owned a movie theater in Moundsville, West Virginia where she was able to meet several movie stars. She loved music and would entertain family and friends playing songs on the piano. She graduated from Moundsville High School in 1935 and then attended and completed Elliot's School of Business.

Tay married Thomas (Tim) McCombs in 1943 and shortly after Tim was deployed to Europe to fight in WWII. She worked for the Wheeling News Register newspaper in Wheeling, WV prior to her retirement in 1978. She and her husband Tim moved to Panama City Beach after retirement where they enjoyed walking on the beach, playing golf, and having parties and drinks with family and friends. Tay was a founding member of the Holiday Golf Club Ladies' Association as well as serving as its first president. She served as president for several years and led the Holiday Golf Club team in the regional Swingers golf association. She and her friends also travelled to many golf tournaments in Florida and Alabama.

Tay and her husband made many trips together, but their favorite destination was New Orleans to visit their youngest son. They took full advantage of all that New Orleans had to offer, especially the French Quarter and Mardi Gras.

After her husband Tim passed away in 1986, Tay continued to enjoy life with afternoon martinis, bingo, watching football, poker, and of course golf. Tay participated in the first Mardi Gras Parade on Panama City Beach in 1990 with niece Ilene and nephew-in-law Jim with the "Krewe of Fa". Their parade consisted of King Fa with his silver Scepter of Plunger and the only float in the parade "Steve's Trailer Behind The Blue Truck".

Loved ones left to cherish her memory include sons Tim McCombs (Cathy) of Panama City Beach and Dr. Michael McCombs (Lydia) of Metairie, LA, grandson Michael (Mikey) McCombs of Metairie, LA, her sister Mary Jane Unterzuber of Richmond, VA, a very special niece, Ilene Carey of Wheeling, WV, special friends Gwen Odenheimer, Marilyn Bavetta, Mae Nicholson, Pattie Hughes, and Laura Hudson, and a host of other loving relatives and friends who will always cherish her memory.

She was preceded in death by one older sister, Billy Freeland and one older brother, Charles (Bud) Harvey.

Per Tay's request there will be no service, however those desiring may make contributions to the Humane Society of Bay County.


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Published in Panama City News Herald on Mar. 20, 2013
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