Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Rev. Joe Combs 1921-2009

The Rev. Joe Combs died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at St. John's Medical Center.

He was born April 10, 1921, at Rover, son of Jacob and Cora Eblen Combs. He and Ada Lockard were married June 4, 1946, in Bolivar.

He served in the Coast Guard during WWII and was honorably discharged after serving three years, three months and 19 days.

After marrying his wife, they began a ministry together as Assemblies of God ministers and pastored churches in southern Missouri, Kentucky and New Mexico. They also did missionary work in Samoa, Marshall Islands and short trips to Haiti, Belize, Taiwan and Africa.

He preached revivals and helped start churches in many states. He retired from his last pastorate in Houston in 2001 and shortly thereafter moved to Springfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Rohl, Boyce and Tate; three sisters, Dema Daugherty, Wilma Ottman and Nola Pfitzner; and a great-great grandchild.

Survivors include his wife, Ada of Springfield; five children, Philip and Lois Mayes of Springfield, Bonita Story of Mercedes, Texas, Gloria Jenney of Winter Haven, Fla., and Esther Novak of Philadelphia, Pa.

Services were Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Greenlawn North Funeral Home. Graveside services and burial were in Pine Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to House of Compassion--Missions in Haiti, P.O. Box 2996, Claremore, Okla., 74018 or online at www.missionsinhaiti.com.

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