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McClain County was established in 1907 from Chickasaw Lands. The county seat is located in Purcell, Oklahoma.


2 December 1943 ["The Blanchard News," Thursday, 2 December 1943]

Mrs. Lula Combs Dies Thursday Morning

Mrs. Lula Combs died at her home near Freeny school Thursday morning following a short illness.

Survivors include her husband, Brad Combs, one daughter, Mrs. Greta Tankersley; two sisters and one brother.

Funeral arrangements were not complete Thursday afternoon but it was said that burial will be in the Blanchard cemetery.

A complete obituary will be published in next week's issue of the News.

(Provided by Gretta Combs Reich to S.C. Hefner)


9 December 1943 ["The Blanchard News," Thursday, 9 December 1943.]

Mrs. Brad Combs Passes Away in Blanchard, OK

Mrs. Brad Combs (nee Lula Turner), passed away Wednesday, Dec. 1st, at her home in Blanchard, Okla. She was born and reared in Hopkins County, in the Greenwood community, the daughter of pioneer parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Elisha Turner. She and her husband, (who is brother to Ollie and Chess Combs of Hopkins County), moved to Blanchard a number of years ago.

She is survived by her husband and one daughter, two grandchildren, a brother, Jack Turner, of Saltillo, a twin sister, Mrs. Wiley Corley, of Pine Forest, and an older sister, Mrs. John Richmond, of Blanchard. She had a large circle of friends.

(Provided by Gretta Combs Reich to S.C. Hefner)

SC Note: Greenwood, Saltillo, and Pine Forest are all in Hopkins County, Texas. Ollie is Richard Olliver Combs and Chester is John Chester Combs. They and Brad (Thomas Bradley) are all sons of Thomas Jackson Combs.


19 December 1952 [MARRIAGE RECORD No. 35, p. 201. Application for Marriage License. State of Oklahoma, County of Grady], names of applicants: Thomas B. Combs & Mrs. Donnie MORROW, age of both: 74 residence of both: Blanchard, McClain County date: 19 December 1952 County Clerk: Elsie Stuchwish
Note:  [sch: I don't know exactly what the following section means, so I've quoted it verbatim.
ENDORSEMENT: By this endorsement to the within and foregoing Marriage License, I hereby verify, and truly certify that the Application for said License was accompanied by proper credentials under the circumstances indicated by the word "filed" opposite one of the three permissible alternates indicated below: (or two if it be so.)
_____(1) Papers complying with Sections 1 and 3 of House Bill No. 7 of the Twentieth Oklahoma Legislature relative to the health of the parties; or
__X__(2) An Order of the County Judge, with accompanying memoranda of the reasons for the order, dispensing with those requirements of Section 1 and 3 of said House Bill No. 7, relative to the examination and health of either or both of the parties; or
_____(3) An Order of the County Judge, with accompanying memoranda of reasons for the order extending the 30-day period following the examinations to 90 days or less, together with papers complying with Sections 1 and 3 of House Bill No. 7 in all other respects.
Certificate of Marriage State of Oklahoma, County of Grady Minister: Eulys T. Russell of the Church of Christ at Chickasha date: 19 December 1952 witnesses: Mrs. Jack Neill, Mrs. Eulys Russell, both of Chickasha date filed: 22 December 1952

(Provided by Gretta Combs Reich to S.C. Hefner)


20 April 1970 ["The Blanchard News," Thursday, 30 April, 1970.]

Brad Combs Honored by Church Deacons

The deacons of First Baptist Church sponsored a birthday party Sunday afternoon in honor of Senior Deacon, Mr. Brad Combs. Mr. and Mrs. Combs are residents of Broadlawn Manor, Purcell. The party was held in the dining room there. A lovely birthday cake and punch were served to many friends from Blanchard and other residents of the home.

Monday was Mr. Combs' 92nd birthday. He and Mrs. Combs enjoyed visiting with friends of many years and opening the gifts presented to them was also a delight.

We wish for them God's continued blessings and health.

(Provided by Gretta Combs Reich to S.C. Hefner)


24 December 1970 ["The Blanchard News" -- Thursday, December 24, 1970]. Obituary.

Brad Combs Buried Here on Monday

Funeral services were conducted for Brad Combs, 92, Monday morning at 11 o'clock in the First Baptist Church here with Rev. Don Queen officiating. Thomas Bradley Combs was born April 27, 1878 near Dallas [Paulding Co], Georgia to Thomas and Mary Combs. He departed this life December 19, 1970 at the age of 92 years, 7 months and 22 days. He was united in marriage to Lula B. Turner in 1902 [in Como, Hopkins Co, TX]. They came to Lindsay and later to Blanchard. To this union one child was born. Mrs. Combs preceded him in death December 2, 1943. Nine years later he married Donnie Morrow. Mr. Combs was a member of the First Baptist Church and served as Deacon many years. Survivors include his wife Donnie of Broadlawn Manor at Purcell, one daughter, Mrs. Gretta Tankersley and two grandchildren, Dickie Dan and LuNell Tankersley, all of Blanchard; one brother, Chester Combs of Como, Texas, two sisters, Mrs. Anna Brewer of Pickton, Texas and Mrs. Ida Sharp of Redwater, Texas, a host of nieces, nephaws [sic] and friends. Interment occurred in Blanchard Cemetery with Eisenhour Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Susan Combs Hefner, 1998)

Brad Combs. Funeral Program
Outside cover - picture of organ pipes and "In Remembrance"
Inside left cover - a copy of "Crossing the Bar" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Inside right cover -
"In Memory Of
THOMAS BRADLEY Combs
Date of Birth
April 27, 1878
Date of Death
December 19, 1970
Place and Time of Service
First Baptist Church
December 21, 1970 at at [sic] 11 a.m.
Clergyman
Rev. Don Queen
Place of Interment
Blanchard Cemetery
Arangements By
Eisenhour Funeral Home
Blanchard, Oklahoma"

(Provided 1998 by Combs Researcher Susan Combs Hefner who adds that Thomas Bradley was the s/o Thomas & Mary HOUSE Combs of Paulding Co, GA and Hopkins Co, TX)


Important: All Records collected for this county may not have been added here as yet. See also the Combs Research List Archives


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