Wesley Combs

Wesley Junior Combs

Thursday, December 19th, 1946 - Saturday, November 30th, 2019
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Wesley “Junior Combs, 72, of Elliston, Va. passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Lewis Gale Montgomery Regional Hospital.
He was born on December 19, 1946 to the late Wesley B. and Ivory Montgomery Combs in Anawalt, W. Va. Following graduation from Andrew Lewis high school in 1965, he was drafted in the U.S. Army where he would faithfully serve his country during the Vietnam war as a Military Policeman. He was honorably discharged several years later and became employed with Norfolk Southern Railroad where he spent the next 40 years of dedicated service before retiring.
When he wasn’t working, you may find him gardening, playing bluegrass music, or possibly watching a good race on Sunday afternoon. Of course, Friday nights were reserved for social hour at the Moose Lodge. Junior was a very sociable and likable fellow. He wouldn’t hesitate to give you the last shirt off his back. Above all, he will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to everyone he met. He will be missed!
In addition to his parents, Junior was preceded in death by two sisters, Janice Burton and Shelby Hall; and his grandson, Bryan Woolwine.
Family remaining to cherish his memory includes his wife of 54 years, Joyce R. Combs of Elliston, Va.; two daughters, Vicky Statzer, also of Elliston, and Debbie Burdette (Randy) of Christiansburg, Va.; brothers, Bobby Combs (Martha) of Roanoke, Va. and James Combs (Bertie) of Bedford, Va.; grandchildren, Dawn Woolwine, Eric Burdette, and Ashley Burdette; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Roger Huff and Dorsey Montgomery; as well as friends from the Roanoke Moose Lodge, #284.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5 until 7 p.m. at John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem.
Funeral services to honor Junior’s life will be conducted on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Roy Kanode officiating.
Interment with Military funeral honors will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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  • Service

    Friday, December 6th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, December 6th, 2019 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Kanode, Roy E.
  • Interment

    Friday, December 6th, 2019 |
    Friday, December 6th, 2019
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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Kitty & Ron Rakes

Posted at 02:11pm
Joyce & Family - We are so sorry to hear about Junior's death. We could not attend because were out of town at the time of the service.
We know, it is never easy to lose someone you love here on this Earth. But we all will have to deal with it at one time or another.
We pray that God will comfort and heal the hurt of your grieving hearts.
Take care.
God bless - we will be praying for all of you.

Kitty & Ron

Betty Anderson

Posted at 02:00pm
Junior was one of the nicest gentlemen you could ever meet. So kind and thoughtful such a joy to be around. Joyce I will always remember you and Junior and the good times. Sending you love!!!!!
Betty Anderson


Posted at 01:32pm
You are in my thoughts.
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Richard King

Posted at 01:21pm
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Junior. I have so many fond memories of Junior and his family, and I hope they can find comfort and healing. I had not seen Junior in several years, and as I approached his door last year with a mutual friend, Harvey, I must admit I was a little nervous. Would we be welcomed as we were many times in the past? We knocked, Junior opened the door, and there was a brief silence for a moment, which seemed much longer at the time. Nevertheless, we were quickly welcomed in just as though it were only yesterday that we had visited. We sat and talked for quite sometime about all the good times, we laughed, and, of course, we had a couple of beers. I am so glad we had an opportunity to visit and talk about some of the times we had shared. Junior always provided a welcome and safe home for me, Harvey, and many others. There were no strangers at the Combs house, as Junior made everyone feel welcome. The video is a great reflection of the man. As he looks down from above, I would just like to say thanks, Junior, for your military service, for your guidance, and for the memories.


James Bearden

Posted at 06:59am
Hello, I'm very sorry for your loss. When I see someone who has died locally, I try to encourage the family from the bible. One minute we feel good and young, the next, we hurt all over and we feel sick and weak.
Doctors spend billions looking for cures, countless hours doing research to help people, Jesus simply said "You are cured.”
We need Gods kingdom as brought out in Matt.6 :9,10. Jesus healed, cured, help, teach, and even raised the dead.
John 5:28,29 gives us hope that soon we will see our dear love ones again. In Isaiah 33:24, there will be no more sickness. What a joyful future we are looking forward to. Words do bring comfort but the bible heals. Again I'm sorry for your loss.

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