Evelyn Combs 85, of Lubbock, Texas passed from this life on Friday, January 20, 2023, in Lubbock, Texas. Her service will be held on Friday, January 27, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Portales, NM. She will be laid to rest at Portales Cemetery. Jimmy Roberts will officiate the services, assisted by Steve Collins.
Pallbearers are Nathan Combs, Joel Combs, John Sena, Diego Sena, Atticus Sena, Jaylin Brown, Garrett Dodson & Quinton Jones.
Honorary pallbearers are the T.E.L. class and all members of Emmanuel Baptist church, her former students, former colleagues from Portales Jr. High, Interim Healthcare of Lubbock, Marilyn Riggs, Alta Dalley, Marilyn Stratton, Mary Wagner, Carolyn Van Wettering, Walter & Gayle Huber, Lotus Flen, Anita Tapia, and her niece JoAnn Boughton.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in honor of her grandson Garrett Dodson, to the A-T Children’s Project 6810 N. State Road 7, Suite 125, Coconut Creek, FL 33073
Evelyn (Boyles) Combs was born on July 4, 1937, in Portales, NM to Richard “Dick” Wilson Boyles and Margia Haynie Camden. She was the 13th child of 18 children and was the last surviving family member.
She married George K. Combs on June 1, 1956, and they had four children. Kenny, John, Pam, & Pat.
She attended school in Portales and graduated from Portales High School in 1956 with honors. She lived most of her life in Portales until her health failed her and she had to move to Lubbock to be closer to her doctors. She held various jobs throughout her lifetime until she attended Eastern New Mexico University and graduated with a B.A. in education. She taught for 25 ½ years at Portales Jr. High School and retired in 1999. Her and George also built a family electrical business Combs Electrical & Mechanical and ran it for 52 years until they moved to Lubbock. After retiring from teaching, she continued to work for the family business. She loved to read and liked watching football, especially liked rooting for her team the Dallas Cowboys. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was a lifetime member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents Dick and Margia Boyles, 10 sisters and 7 brothers.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years George Combs of Lubbock, Texas, her children, Kenny (Kathy) Combs of Portales, John (Jayne) Combs of Portales, Pam Combs of Lubbock, Texas, and Pat (Dave) Dodson of Portales. Seven grandchildren, Beth (John) Combs, Jennifer (Paul) Sutton, Nathan (Ranah) Combs, Josh (Glenna) Combs, Amanda (Jaylin) Dodson, Joel Combs, and Garrett Dodson. Nine great-grandchildren Diego, Atticus, Caleb, Mackenzie, Joshua, Kason, Addison, Desarae, Edyn, her little beloved dog Tootz, and numerous nieces and nephews.