Frederick E. Combs, Jr., 86 - Marietta

Frederick E. Combs, Jr., 86, of Marietta, passed away at home on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, following a long illness.

He was born in Spencer, WV on April 12, 1929 to Fred E. and Beulah Smith Combs.

Fred graduated from Spencer High School and Potomac State College after which he attended school in Louisville, KY in medical technology. He was then employed as a medical technician in Harlan, KY and Charleston, WV.

He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and was stationed on Vieques Island, in Puerto Rico, and at the Nevada Proving Grounds, where he participated in testing the atomic bomb. Following his discharge from service, he attended West Virginia University where he graduated as a pharmacist. Fred was a member of Kappa Psi honorary fraternity and Mu-Pi, social fraternity. He was then employed by McKinley Pharmacy in Parkersburg, WV, Hughes Drug in Spencer, WV, National Drug in Marietta, OH and Revco Drug, Marietta, where he retired after many years.

In 1957, he married Jane Woodyard, his wife of 58 years. She survives with children, Catherine Novosky (Glenn) of Belpre OH, William (Rhonda) of Follansbee WV and Steven (Megan) of Marietta.

He is also survived by three grandsons, Bradley and Connor Combs of Follansbee WV and Henry of Marietta OH.

Fred was a member of the First Baptist Church of Marietta, the Fraternal Order of Elks, had served on the board of Marietta Memorial Hospital and was past president of the Spencer, WV Lions Club.

His wishes were to be cremated and for his family to hold a private memorial service.