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Micah Sterling "M.S." Combs, Sr
Birth: Dec. 31, 1829
Giles County
Tennessee, USA
Death: May 17, 1914
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA

This site honors the life of Micah S. Combs Sr. and his service to mankind. These photographs and this historical information are part of an ongoing educational research project on well-known funeral establishments from America's past. Persons who can provide additional historical information on the Combs family and/or can submit additional photographs are invited to email to the researcher, professor Jim Moshinskie, PhD, at Thank you.

Micah S. Combs Sr. died May 17, 1914. Will for M.S. Combs, Sr. was filed May 20, 1914


Death Sunday Morning of M. S. Combs, Veteran Funeral Director

The death Sunday morning of Micah S. Combs removes from the paths of life a man who impressed himself upon the business interests of Nashville. He lived to be 85 years old and was in business from the time he was half grown until about three years ago when he retired from the activities of life on account of advanced age.

He engaged in business in Pulaski, Chattanooga, and Nashville, Tennessee. He was a native of Pulaski, Tennessee, and was educated in the schools of that place. His father was James W. Combs, a prominent lawyer of his time. Mr. Combs learned the printer's trade in early life and later founded the Nashville Evening News, the first afternoon newspaper published in the city. The venture was not a financial success and soon after it had ceased publication, Mr. Combs engaged in the livery business in Nashville, operating at the same time a grocery and feed store. In 1853, he was married to Miss Georgiana Jackson, and to this union 11 children were born. Of this number three are living: Micah S. Combs Jr. of Nashville, J.C. Combs of Memphis, and D.F. Allen of Nashville. Mrs. Combs has been dead many years.

Mr. Combs died at his home 329 Fifth Avenue North Sunday morning at 12:50 o'clock, of a stroke.

Mr. Combs organized the undertaking firm of the present Combs & Davis in 1852 and remained in that business until a few years ago when he relinguished active interest in the concern. For several years he was Vice President of the National Funeral Directors' Association and organized the first State Funeral Directors Association in Tennessee.

Mr. Combs was a man of kindly disposition and of broad charity and in an unostentious way did much for charity. He was an active member of the Vine Street Christian Church. In 1883 he was married a second time to Mrs. Cordie Rawls, who survives him. In addition to his wife he is survived by one brother, James W. Combs of Tampa, Fla., and one sister, Mrs. Alice Copeland of Itawamba County, Mississippi. During the fearful cholera scourage in Nashville in 1873 Mr. Combs, realizing his duty to the dead and living, remained steadfast at his post and thus able to render the community a great service.

Rev. R. Lin Cave and Rev. W.E. Dakin will conduct services at the residence, 329 Fifth Avenue, North, Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. The pallbearers will be Charles Buford, Sam Hirsch, J.B. Daniel, D.M. Kelley, Dr. J.T. Altman, John R. Aust, Dr. W.B. Lee, and John F. O'Hara. -- The Nashville Banner, May 18, 1914, page 8, col. 1-2, no picture.

2011 - the firm continues today as Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Directors, 201 25th Street, Nashville, Tennessee.
Family links: 
  Mary Georgie Jackson Combs (1832 - 1882)
  Micah Sterling Combs (1856 - 1935)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA
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Record added: Nov 16, 2010
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Micah Sterling M.S. Combs, Sr
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Micah Sterling M.S. Combs, Sr
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