Judge Charles Edward Coombes

Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Death 17 Jun 1953 (aged 77)
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA
Plot Lot 1, Block 111
Memorial ID 84613343 · View Source
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son of Zachariah Elias Coombes - Rebecca Finch Bedford

Charles E. Coombes married Miss Penelope "Nellie Bedford on 26 December 1894 at Benjamin, Knox County, Texas.

Judge Charles E. Coombes, 77, West Texas attorney, author, after-dinner speaker and real individualist, died in Dallas. He underwent minor surgery.

Services were held at the First Christian Church in Abilene with Rev. Hallie Woolard of Abilene, pastor assisted by Rev. G.N. Goldston, pastor of San Angelo First Christian Church assisting.

Charles E. Coombes was from an old established Texas family. His father was a prominent lawyer and judge. For about a year, he was associated with his brother, W.N. Coombes and then at the age of 17 went to Benjamin, Knox County employed as a clerk in an abstract office. In January 1896, he returned to Dallas and resumed the study of law, and was admitted to practice in the fall of that year. He returned to Benjamin, Texas in 1898. In 1898, he was elected Knox County attorney. In 1902, he was elected District Attorney for the 50th Judicial District. After one term, he returned to private practice only to be appointed to fill out an unexpired term as Knox County Judge. On 29 February 1908, he was appointed District Judge of the 50th Judicial District. On 1 January 1911, Coombes moved to Anson and former the law partnership with W.R. Chapman, under the firm, Chapman and Coombes. In Anson, he served as president of the school board. In 1917, he moved to Stamford where he headed up the West Texas Chamber of Commerce, served as City Councilman and Mayor. In 1926, he moved to Abilene, where he lived until returning to Stamford in 1930. He was mayor of Abilene from 1923-1927, for two terms. He returned to Stamford in 1927 and was associated with Henry G. Andrews in a law firm. In 1931, he was named president of the West Texas Chamber of Commerce. He served as a city councilman in Stamford and taught Sunday school.

In his later years, he published two books and was working on a third. "The Prairie Dog Lawyer" deals with many of his memories of the law profession in the early days of Texas.

The Coombes family have been members of the Christian church. Mr. Coombes affiliates with the Blue Lodge and Chapter of Masonry and Woodmen of the World. He is a Democrat and chairs the Democratic County Central Committee. He is fond of athletics, the home, library, music and the theatre.

Children: Mrs. S.P. "Elizabeth 'Beth'" Henigan of Abilene, Joe W. Coombes of Odessa, Charles E. Coombes, Jr. of San Angelo, Hilory Zack Coombes of Stamford, Jerry Cray Coombes of Boulder City, NV. Two grandchildren - Jerry Coombes, Jr. and Charles E. Coombes, III, both of Boulder City, NV.

One child, William Rufus Coombes, preceded him in death.

"From my earliest recollections, I wanted to do two things: go west and become a lawyer. When I was 15, I told my father I was going to leave home and head for West Texas."

name: Charles Edward Coombs
death date: 17 Jun 1953
death place: Dallas, Dallas, Texas
gender: Male
race: white
death age:
estimated birth date:
birth date: 25 Sep 1875
birthplace: Texas
marital status: Widowed
spouse's name:
father's name: Zacharia Ellis Coombs
father's birthplace: Kentucky
mother's name:
mother's birthplace:
occupation: Lawyer (Judge)
place of residence: Stamford, Jones, Texas
burial place: Abilene, Texas
burial date: 18 Jun 1953
additional relatives:
film number: 2113925
digital film number: 4167323
image number: 3158
reference number: CN29349

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  • Created by: Searchers of our Past
  • Added: 6 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 84613343
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Judge Charles Edward Coombes (25 Sep 1875–17 Jun 1953), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84613343, citing Abilene Municipal Cemetery, Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Searchers of our Past (contributor 47220553) .