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Donald Paul Combs
(April 22, 1934 - January 15, 2012)

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Donald Paul Combs

Donald Paul Combs, who resided in Central City, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2012 at his home. He was born April 22, 1934 in Logan County near Paris to the late James Paul Combs and Marie (Hill) Combs. He was 77 years old.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Wesley Allen "Bud" Combs.

Don was a retired custom decorator in the Custom Drapery Department for J.C. Penney's in Fort Smith. He also worked for Dixie Cup in Fort Smith for many years. Don was a member of the Faternal Order of Eagles 208, past president local and past Arkansas state president, and carried his Golden Eagle Card at all times. Don was a 1952 graduate of County Line High School and member of the Caulksville Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Don loved his music and was a great piano player. He always got joy when his children would come by asking "papa" to play the piano for them. They were raised for the love of music, but one thing for sure, nothing would stop him from playing except for the Razorbacks coming on the air.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 19th, at the Caulksville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Bill Van Meter and Rev. Jimmy Cook officiating. Burial will be at Caulksville Cemetery, under the direction of Brotherton Brothers Funeral Home in Charleston.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart, companion, and wife for 60 years, Vera Ann (Frye) Combs of the home; three daughters, Paula Schoen and husband Bobby, Tonya Fagan and husband Jerry, and Josie Marie Combs, all of Central City; two sons, Donald Earl Combs and James Paul Combs, both of Central City; one sister, Ann Chastain and husband Bob of Caulksville; one brother, Leon "Red" Combs of Barling; his mother-in-law, Odessa "Tootie" Frye of Greenhurst Nursing Home in Charleston; seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Robert Whitaker, Robert "Bucky" Castillo, Tommy Henry, Steve Chronister, Jon Paul Combs, and Jamie Fagan.

Honorary pallbearers will be former band members, whom he had a love for music with over the years, Ricky Young, Bobby Whitaker, Wendall Harris, George Williams, Bud Martin, Jerry Roller, Lennie Hice, Velbert Hice, Ben Reather, Larry Hill, Bruce Hill, Kenny Pendleton, and Pete Peters.

Family will visit with friends 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night at the funeral home.

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