Wilbur O. Coombs

Wilbur O. Coombs

January 26, 2022, 90, Goldsboro –

Wilbur O. Coombs, 90, passed away Wednesday at South Hampton Medical Center in Franklin, VA. He was born in Kinston, NC to the late Lloyd and Kate Farrior Coombs, and is the husband of Betty Jane Coombs.

Mr. Coombs led an adventurous life.  He retired as Chief Balsam Officer from the United States Coast Guard after traveling and working in many memorable places, including Alaska.  He loved to tell of his adventures on the ice breaker and tending light houses.  After retirement, he settled in outside of Conway, NC and took up agricultural and poultry farming. He enjoyed raising goats as well. Mr. Coombs attended Roanoke Chowan Community College taking woodworking classes.  These new skills were used to remodel the family’s 1790’s plantation home.  Any visitor received the grand tour.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Coombs is survived by his son, David Coombs and wife, Cindy; his brother, R.E. Coombs; grandchildren, Travis Coombs & wife, Heather, Susan Coombs, Katelyn Pilley & husband, Travis, Kirstie Snodderly & husband, Bret, Taylor Coombs, Keeley Coombs;  great grandchildren, Larkin Coombs, Lorelei Coombs and Rowan Pilley.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Coombs is preceded in death by his sons, Danny and Donald, two sisters and seven brothers.

A service to celebrate his life will be held in the chapel of Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 1:30 pm with Rev. Jim Willoughby officiating. The family will receive friends following the services.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home is serving the Coombs family and online condolences may be directed to www.shumate-faulk.com.