Obituary: Bobbie Dale Combs


Bobbie Dale Combs departed this life on Saturday, May 02, 2020, at the age of 75. He was born November 29, 1944, in Newport, the son of J.D. and Ruby (Garland) Combs.

Combs was a 1963 graduate of Grubbs Public School. Following graduation, he served in the United States Army. This was during the Vietnam Era, and he was stationed overseas for 31 months, without a trip home. In 1968, Bobbie Dale Combs married Henrietta King, and they enjoyed 51 years together. When Bobbie lost his eyesight, his family and friends admired the way he handled this life-changing event.

Prior to losing his sight, he was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting. Afterward, he continued to enjoy fishing and camping.

He worked in shipping and receiving at American Lantern Company for 37 years, retiring when the company closed. He was an active member of the Algoa Church of Christ and had a strong faith in his Lord. He loved his family.  Combs was happiest when surrounded by his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Henrietta (King) Combs; two daughters, Teresa Huckabee and husband, David, of Amagon, and Lisa Smith and husband, Mike, of Batesville; one brother, Donald Combs and wife, Sue, of Paxton, Ill.; three grandchildren, Corey Huckabee, Haley Boyce, and Aleena Smith; three great-grandchildren, Braylynn, Maddox, and Magnolia; and a lifetime of friends.

Graveside services are 2:00 p.m. Monday at Balch-Johnston Cemetery, with Mr. Llano Robinson and Mr. David Howard officiating.

Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at noon at Jackson’s Funeral Home. Due to COVID-19 mandates, and the health and safety of all, we are only permitted to allow 10 people inside the funeral home at a time. Thank you for your understanding.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Terry Snyder, Glenn Smithee, Mike Smith, David Huckabee, Mike Farrah, Ernie Jewel, and Dennis Hollenback.

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