Jerry Curtis Combs, 54, of Decatur, passed away peacefully at Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. A Hillsview Community boy turned into a Tiger for Life when he married a keeper, the late Karen Jennings Combs.
He is also preceded in death by his mother, Della “Sue” Barnes, his son, Seth Combs, and his father in law, Raymond Jennings. He is survived by his two daughters, Natalee Combs, the favorite, and Courtney Combs, the first, both of Decatur, one brother and sister-in-law Jeff and JoAnn Combs of Riceville, one aunt Melba Lee and her husband Bill of Murfreesboro, his mother-in-law Sue Jennings of Decatur, a sister-in-law Joy Gilliland and her husband Drew of Cleveland, a brother-in-law Greg Jennings and his wife Sondra of Ooltewah, and several nieces and nephews, Kevin Combs (Chris) of Hollywood, FL, Ryan Combs (Amber) of Portland, OR, and Claire, Ben, and Mia Gilliland of Cleveland. He also had too many other family members and special friends to mention.
Jerry was an employee of the Meigs County School System. He worked at Meigs High School and drove a bus for many years. He attended as many MCHS events he could, but he was partial to the Meigs High Softball team as their state tournament bus driver. He also took pride in driving the football team to their away games.
Jerry never met a buffet he didn’t like. He was Hooter’s Wednesday wing night champ, master chef in the kitchen, loved all music but especially classic rock, spent a lot of his free time on the river, and he adored Dale Earnhardt almost as much as he did Natalee or a good buffet. Most importantly, he was Courtney’s and Natalee’s number one fan.
Jerry was a member of First Baptist Church of Decatur where he served as an organist.
Due to the current condition of our country and community and out of concern for the safety of others, we have decided to forego the receiving of friends. The family will hold a public graveside service at Cottonport Baptist Church Cemetery in Decatur on Thursday, June 18th, 2020 at 6:00 PM with Jamey Davis officiating. His pallbearers will be a few of “Jerry’s boys,” Jacob Bidwell, Johnathan Layman, Hunter Ledbetter, Chris Peterson, Alex Pressley, Seth Shearman, Tylor Skidmore, and Levi Woods. Honorary pallbearers will be Jonerik Davis, Caleb Johns, and Jesse Simmons. These boys are just a few of the ones he mentored and loved through his years at MCHS. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Meigs County High School.
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