He was born at Glomawr, the son of the late John Wesley Combs and the late Nettie Stacy Combs. He worked for the Kentucky-Perry County highway department for nearly 20 years where he grated county roads and was affectionately known as “Big Nuz.” He also worked for several coal mining companies where he also operated heavy equipment.
Upon retiring in the 1980s, he enjoyed creating his own little “Garden of Eden” surrounding his home for his beloved wife, the late Zena Dare Conley Combs. There he could often be found tending his lawn, trees, flowers, dogs and watching his birds, especially his treasured purple martins.
Freeman loved music, having taught himself to play by ear both the guitar and piano. He read the newspaper daily, was a “died-in-the-wool” Democrat and enjoyed discussing current events with family and friends. He will be remembered as a good, unselfish and humble man who respected others and was devoted to his family. His was a long life that provided blessings and stability to his family in an ever-changing world.
He was also preceded in death by brothers James, Lacey, Charles, Kermit and Lawrence Combs, along with sister Della Brashear and grandchildren Vondalena and Cathanalen Feltner.
He is survived by his son, Don Freeman “Dickie” Combs of Christopher; daughters Carol Sue Smith and John David of Shelbyville, Faith Charlotte Whitaker and Emmitt of Corbin, Sandra Kay Feltner and Arlis of Deputy, In., Sharon Hope Adams and Wayne of Louisville and Debra Lynn Russ of Louisville; brothers William “Cotton” Combs and June of Dayton, Ohio, Jerry “Pap” Combs and Connie of Christopher and John C. “Punkin” Combs and Geraldine of Christopher; sister Lillie Mae Williams and Wilson of Dayton, along with 12 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren plus a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the Engle-Walker Funeral Home of Hazard on Saturday, April 24 with Rev. Arnold Branson officiating. Burial followed in the Englewood Cemetery located at