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In Memory of

William Archer McCombs

August 23, 1919 - March 29, 2015

Obituary


William Archer McCombs

William ("Bill") McCombs, born August 23, 1919 in Steubenville, Ohio to Roy E. and Mary McCombs, passed away in the early morning hours of Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015. At the time of his death, Mr. McCombs was residing in Pineville, North Carolina.

Bill's childhood was spent in Ohio, where he graduated from Steubenville High School. In 1940 he enlisted in the US Navy and was sent into action in the Pacific. On December 7, 1941, Seaman McCombs was on board the USS West Virginia when the bombing of Pearl...

William Archer McCombs

William ("Bill") McCombs, born August 23, 1919 in Steubenville, Ohio to Roy E. and Mary McCombs, passed away in the early morning hours of Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015. At the time of his death, Mr. McCombs was residing in Pineville, North Carolina.

Bill's childhood was spent in Ohio, where he graduated from Steubenville High School. In 1940 he enlisted in the US Navy and was sent into action in the Pacific. On December 7, 1941, Seaman McCombs was on board the USS West Virginia when the bombing of Pearl Harbor began. Several days later his family received a telegram from the Navy stating that he was lost and presumed dead. That week this very newspaper carried an obituary captioned "Sailor ''' Steubenville's First Son to Die in War." Tears of sadness soon changed to joy when, on Christmas Eve 1941, the family received another telegram stating that Bill had been found and was alive!

After leaving the Navy Bill began working in the steel industry. He moved to California where he worked for, and retired from, Kaiser Steel. In his retirement years he returned home to Steubenville. He was an active ballroom dancer and loved playing cards with his friends from Wintersville United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by two brothers, Richard and Raymond McCombs; his twin sister, Martha McCombs Buono; his wife of 30 years, Dorothy McConnell; and a stepson, Geary Bullock. Two siblings remain in the local area; an older sister, Margaret McCombs Bigler and a younger brother Donald McCombs. The family also includes several nieces and nephews.

For the last 25 years the love of Bill's life has been Eloise (Bullock) McCombs. She remains at their residence in North Carolina. Bill became an instant "family man" upon joining the Bullock clan. Survivors include, Kenneth Bullock and his wife Susan of Charlotte, NC; Bonnie Elias Bullock of Follansbee, WV; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren (with two more on the way!).

Bill was loved by many. He was such a kind and witty fellow ''' and always the consummate gentleman. He has gone to be with his Maker and will be sorely missed.

A private family service and burial will be held at Fort Steuben Estates at a later date.