July 25, 1913
S. F. Combs
S. F. Combs, a fine man and one of the best known citizens of Russell
County, died Monday at his home north of Finney.
In the Death of Mr. Combs the county sustains a severe loss, for no
better man ever lived in Russell.
The following account of his death appeared in Tuesday's Bluefield
S. F. Combs, a prominent citizen of Russell County, died yesterday
afternoon about 7:30 o'clock, at his home near Finney, aged 64 years.
Mr. Combs was stricken about 5 o'clock yesterday morning with a stroke
of paralysis, and lingered during the day, dying at nightfall. He
leaves his wife, three sons and five daughters. His sons are Charles A.
and Edward Combs, of Finney, and Willie F. Combs, of Bluefield; his
daughters, Mrs. E. H. Fields, of Bluefield; Mrs. Crockett Lambert, of
Cedar Bluff; Mrs. J. M. Taulbee, of Honaker; and Misses Eula and Lena,
of Finney. Mr. Combs was a farmer and merchant and was a man of
considerable means. Last Christmas a year ago his home was burned and
he replaced it with a handsome house which was only completed last
week. He was a soldier of the Confederacy, and a citizen held in the
highest esteem by his neighbors and acquaintances. His daughter, Mrs.
Fields, of this city, was enroute to the funeral of her husband's uncle,
Wm. Fields, of Castlewood, when she was notified of the serious illness
of her father and stopped off at Finney in time to be with him at the