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George Wendell Combs
George Wendell Combs, 82, of Versailles, passed away peacefully Thursday, November 16, 2023 at Baptist Health Lexington after a short illness. Born April 18, 1941 in Hazard, KY to the late George W. and Aileen Engle Combs. He was a former funeral director and embalmer at Engle Funeral Home in Hazard, KY. A former Secretary of Tourism for the state of Kentucky, Commissioner Department of Fiscal Management, an Executive Director for the Office of General Counsel Transportation Department and the current owner of Combs Wilbert Burial Vault Company in Versailles. He was a loving and loyal husband, father and friend and is survived by his wife Lois of 61 years; three daughters, Wendy (Jim) Birch of Versailles, Rickie (Jamey) Gay of Danville, KY, Karla (Robby) Calvert of Scottsville, KY; grandchildren are Jameson (Katie) Gay, Jordan (Meredith) Gay, Jodi (Adam) Borg, Allison, James and Bryan Birch, Maggie, Sam and Charlie Calvert; 8 great grandchildren; a special family friend, Kendall Cosby; a very special niece, Traci (Richard) Rickert; goddaughter, Jennifer Watts Bell of Marietta, GA; exchange student granddaughters, Jutta Nagel of Germany and Nea Makela of Finland. He was preceded in death by a sister Wilberta Deaton.
Visitation will be from 5 -8pm Friday, November 24th, 2023 at Kerr Brothers – Harrodsburg Road. A private burial will be in the Lexington Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to The American Cancer Society, 1504 College Way, Lexington, KY 40502.