OBITUARY

Ronald Edwin Combs

June 7, 1941January 12, 2021
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CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 3 RONALD EDWIN COMBS, retired

CLAYTON – Chief Warrant Officer and beloved father Ronald Edwin Combs, age 79, passed away at his home in Clayton, NC on January 12, 2021.

He was born June 7, 1941 in Omaha, NE to the late Edwin Willis Combs and the late Alice Vinduska Combs. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, having retired after serving for 23 years. He enjoyed reading, fishing, playing golf, and spending time with his friends and family especially his grandson and granddaughter. He was an active member of the St. Ann’s Catholic Church serving as an Altar Server, Catechist and Knight of Columbus.

He is survived by his three daughters, Kaemi Matthews (Jimmy Matthews), Karol Stanford (Scott Stanford), and Kwane Neely (Jerry Neely); grandchildren, Justin Matthews and Remy Stanford; sister, Judy Stone (Bob Stone).

A private visitation to receive immediate family and close friends will be held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church (Clayton, NC) prior to a funeral Mass with an interment at Knollwood Cemetery to follow. Due to COVID-19, the mass will be live streamed via Facebook through St. Ann’s Catholic Church (Clayton, NC) on January 18, 2021 at 1:00 pm .

In lieu of flowers to honor his memory, donations can be made to St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Faith Formation in Clayton, NC.

On line, condolences may be made to the family at www.mclaurinatpinecrest.com.

McLaurin Funeral Home is honored to assist the Combs family.

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Kwane Neely

January 20, 2021

I am Ron’s youngest daughter, Kwane.
My parents divorced when I was 5, and my Father raised my 2 Sisters and I on his own. As a newly single Father, I can only imagine how overwhelmed he must have been looking into our 3 little faces. My Father expected us to be polite and well-mannered saying, “yes, ma’am” and “no, sir”. He encouraged us to be motivated students and was extremely proud that we each pursued higher education. He taught us strong work ethic and expected us to work hard at everything and anything we did. I can still hear him yelling for us….: “Line up, Girls” he’d say and the 3 of us would scurry to line up at attention youngest to oldest. We were his little Army troop. My Father had a passion for learning and was a life-long student. I’m sure he has told some of you young people: “stay in school and go to college”. He had a special passion for History, Photography, Reading and Writing. He led a proud military career and was honored to serve his country. My Father was a man of strong faith and good morals. He showed us strength and unconditional love. He always told us “Family is #1” and he nurtured an unbreakable family bond. We all knew him to be a practicing Catholic and active church member. To the St Ann Congregation, a special thank you for being his family. He was proud of his Faith Formation students, his role as an Altar server, and honored to be a member of the Knights of Columbus. He valued all of your friendships and loved you all dearly.
This Good-bye has come too soon. I know my Father would want us all to be comforted that he is now in Heaven and peacefully resting. He would want each of us to focus on our own personal journey, to determine what your road to success will be, and how to live your best life full of love, laughter, and great accomplishments. On behalf of my sister’s and me, we thank each of you for being a part of our Father’s life with us, for embracing him, supporting him, and loving him.

Joe Basar

January 18, 2021

To: All the Dear Family Members and Friends of Ronald Edwin Combs

On behalf of the Knights of Columbus Council #11265 at St. Ann's, please accept our deepest condolences and our prayers on the passing of your beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. I did not personally know my Brother Knight Ron, as I am a relatively new member of Council 11265, and of the St. Ann parish community. However, I learned a great deal about this good Catholic man from the heartfelt and moving remarks and memories shared by his daughters at his funeral mass on January 18. I learned he was a deeply courageous, patriotic and most importantly faith-filled man, devoted to spreading his faith to family and to others, especially the young here at St. Ann's. I also learned it was our honor to have Ron in our Council and in our Parish.

May you all be comforted by the confidence that your beloved heard these words from our most loving Father: "Well done good and faithful servant..."

Personally, I thank you for letting me come to know Ron with your memories, and for the honor to allow us to serve him and you all in your time of need.

With sympathy in this difficult time, we pray that you find comfort in our Lord's promise of eternal life in Heaven to all those who come to know, to love and to serve Him.

Vivat Jesus,

Joe Basar
Grand Knight
Knights of Columbus Council #11265

Colleen Ayres

January 16, 2021

Mr. Ron was a dear friend of mine when I worked at St Ann’s. He really loved the children and enjoyed teaching them about the sacraments. He was so generous to the faith formation program with his time, talent and treasure. He will be missed. Rest in peace Mr. Ron ❤️🙏

Keith Downs

January 15, 2021

Ronald E. Combs was the most influential individual in my professional military career. He taught me the meaning of dedication and duty.
He exemplified selfless service, honor and integrity for me. I will forever be convinced that God gave him to me.
I love you, Chief.

Mae-Ren Punsalan

January 15, 2021

Our prayers and condolences to the family of Mr Ronald! He’s one of the sweetest gentlemen we’ve met at St Ann’s! It was because of him that our daughter became an altar server. He approached us after her birthday mass and said, “I want her to be one of the altar servers.” He ever so patiently guided and taught her all the things she need to know and to serve God through this ministry. We have always prayed for him even though we haven’t seen him in such a long time. I’m glad we did last year before covid hit. You are loved, Mr Ronald and you will be missed!

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