Marshall-Donnelly-Combs has been proud to serve Nashville and the surrounding areas for more than 150 years. Our founder, M.S. Combs, established the funeral home in the mid-1800s on the corner of Cherry and Spring streets in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. We moved to our current location, the home of Sue Allen, on the east corner of historic Centennial Park in 1924.
Mr. Combs was followed by his son, Micah, as sole owner and manager starting in 1910. Micah’s son, Joe C. Combs, took over later but died in 1951.
Gilbert Marshall, who entered the business with another Nashville funeral home in 1934, teamed up with Thomas J. Donnelly to purchase the firm in 1952 from Joe C. Comb’s estate. Mr. Marshall died in 1957. Tom Donnelly (who died in 1993) sold the business to his brother, Charles Donnelly, in 1977 and retired in the late 1980s.
The legacy of Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home has lived on for more than 150 years and is the only remaining funeral home in proper downtown Nashville. Our current manager, Jim Brewer, has been with the funeral home since 1961.
Today, we are proud to be a member of the Dignity Memorial network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. Dignity Memorial providers offer exclusive benefits, including National Transferability of Prearranged Services, the Bereavement Travel Program, the 24-Hour Compassion Helpline® and access to an acclaimed grief management library. As North America’s largest provider of funeral, cremation and cemetery services, the Dignity Memorial brand is your assurance of quality, value, caring service and exceptional customer satisfaction.