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Updated: 02/26/2014 08:00:03AM

Ellis Peter Combs

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Peter Combs, 81, of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, Fla., due to complications associated with cancer.

He was born July 30, 1932, in Henderson, N.C., to Kermit and Geraldine (Ellis) Combs and has been a resident of the area since 1974 after moving here from Orlando, Fla.

Peter served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was retired in auto restoration and repair service. He was a member and past Sunday school teacher at the First Baptist Church of Lake Wales. He enjoyed his men’s Bible study and had a passion for wood working, antique cars and fishing. He always offered his help, had warm wishes to give, and had a twinkle in his eyes when he joked and teased with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Carol Combs; daughters, Carole Carver of Akin, S.C., and Barbara Miller of Delray Beach, Fla.; sons, Ellis Combs of Fort Myers, Fla., and Mark Combs of Orlando; brothers, Christopher Combs of Palm Bay, Fla., Stephen Combs of Carbondale, Ill., and John Combs of Carriere, Miss.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Lake Wales with Dr. Scott Markley and Dr. Stephen Combs officiating.

Peter asked that everyone attending come in colorful attire, that no black or ties be worn and come ready to celebrate. In lieu of flowers, Peter also requested donations be made to First Baptist Church Missions Program.

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