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Earl William Combs

April 17, 1946 July 7, 2020
Earl William Combs
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On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, Earl William Combs passed away at age 74 surrounded by many of his family members, a testament to his loving devotion for those closest to him.
Earl was born on April 17, 1946 at Norfolk General Hospital to Bill Combs and Miriam (Culpeper) Combs. He graduated high school from Shenandoah Valley Academy in New Market, VA and later went on to drive tractor trailers hauling Ford trucks for Teamsters 822. Earl had a passion for driving and NASCAR, as his younger brothers reminisce over stories of riding in the passenger seat as Earl raced cars. In fact, Earl raced at Langley Speedway often, and his love for the automobile translated into his passion for old cars, with the Corvette being his favorite.
Still, Earl’s love for God and for his family far outshined his love for adrenaline. He was an active member of Grace Baptist Temple located in Chesapeake, VA and the former Calvary Road Baptist church located in Chesapeake, VA, where to the pleasant shock of his brothers, he even sang in the choir. He was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Linda Owens, and his late wife Reita D. Combs. He is survived by three children, Earl William II, Brett, and Jennifer, three stepchildren, Michele Pruitt, Patrick Pruitt and Ryan Pruitt, two grandchildren, Madisen Dembowski and Tristen Pruitt and a great-granddaughter Khloe Tippit. He is also survived by five brothers, James Combs (Linda Ann), Eugene Combs (Shelley), Charles Gomez (Yvette), Vernon Gomez (Patricia), and Mark Gomez. Earl is also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved him very much.
Lastly, Earl is survived by his best friend Gucci, his little Chihuahua, and his beloved partner, Beverly Diane Broegeler Miller. Earl and Beverly rekindled their relationship late in life, and he would speak of her fondly telling family members she was his first girlfriend. The family is forever grateful to her for the exceptional love and care she provided Earl.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Friday, July 17, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Oman Funeral Home located at 653 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, Virginia.

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Memorial Service

Friday

17

Jul

1:00 PM 7/17/2020 1:00:00 PM
Oman Funeral Home & Crematory

653 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Oman Funeral Home & Crematory
653 Cedar Road Chesapeake 23322 VA
United States
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