William A. Coombs died at his home in Camden, SC on Tuesday, February 11th, 2020, age 93.
Born in Salem, NJ, April 6th 1926, he was the son of Marvin H. Coombs and Letitia H. Coombs. He was a 1943 graduate of Salem High School and received degrees in physics and engineering from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Bill joined the US Army in 1944, serving in the European Theater in World War II. After marrying the former , Betty Hanka in August 1950, he was called into active duty in Korea, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in a combat zone. Bill was with the DuPont Company, moving to Camden, SC in 1965. He was an active member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon and an elder and elected to the honorary position of Elder Emeritus. He taught Sunday School classes for over 42 years. Bill was also active in his local community, serving on the Kershaw County Hospital Board for 10 years and the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County. He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters, Jane Davis (Kevin) of Annapolis, MD and Anne Mulligan of Roswell, GA; grandchildren, Cara Davis and Corry Mulligan (Mary Leslie); and a sister, Elizabeth H. Yerkes of Salem, NJ. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Helen L. Coombs; and a sister, Anna C. Rohrer. A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, March 7th 2020 at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, Camden, SC. Contributions in Bill's memory may be sent to Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 502 DeKalb Street, Camden, SC 29020or to the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County, PO Box 217, Camden, SC 29020.
A private family service will be held in Salem at a later date.
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