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When possible, birth and death years are cited from other sources if they can not be determined from the obituary
Women are listed by their surname at death.
Amedia E. “Stella” Coombs ~1924-1990
1. Obituary: Amedia E. Coombs, 66, of S. Burlington Road, Fairfield Township, died Saturday evening in Deborah Hospital in Browns Mills where she was a patient 17 days. She had been in failing health six months. Born in Bridgeton, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Amelia Greenage Dean, she was the wife of Alfred C. Coombs, Jr. A lifetime area resident, she lived at her present address 30 years.
She attended Greenwich Township Public Schools and attended Bridgeton High School for two years, leaving due to heart problems. For years she attended the St. John United Methodist Church in Fordville where she was active in the Sunday School. Prior to her retirement due to disability, she was employed as a seamstress at the former M.C. Schrank Co., and was a member of the Jubilee Community Church in Quinton Township which she joined in 1983.
In addition to her husband of 44 years, surviving are four sisters, Rebecca Pierce, Mary Sammons, both of Bridgeton, Shirley Kerbo, Roberta Furniesen, both of Tampa, Fla., four brothers, Brady Dean of Pennsville, William Messick, Horace Messick, both of Bridgeton, Richard Dean of Tampa, Fla., foster mother, Frances Sammons of RD 2; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her foster father, William "Tippy" Sammons.
Services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. from the Carll-Peterson-Ilacqua Funeral Home, 208 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton, with the Rev. David Scull, pastor of; the Jubilee Community Church officiating. Interment will be made in Fernwood Memorial Park. Friends will be received Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.
2. Death Notice: COOMBS -- of South Burlington Road, Fairfield Twp., N.J., on Saturday, June 2, 1990. Amedia E. “Stella” Coombs, wife of Alfred C. Coombs, Jr., sister of Rebecca Pierce, Mary Sammons, Shirley Kerbo, Roberta Furniesen, Brady Dean, William and Horace Messick, and Richard Dean, aged 66 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral services without further notice from the Carll-Peterson-Ilacqua Funeral Home, 208 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton, on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Interment will be made in Fernwood Memorial Park. Friends will be received Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
3. Funeral Home Program: In Memory Of Amedia "Stella" Coombs Who Resided At South Burlington Road Fairfield Township, N. J. Date Of Birth August 21, 1923 Date Of Death June 2, 1990 Time And Place Of Services Wednesday, June 6 At 1 P.M. Carll-Peterson-Ilacqua Funeral Home. Clergyman Officiating Reverend David Scull. Final Resting Place Fernwood Memorial Park, Hopewell Township, N.J.
Calvin Coombs ~1907-1986
Calvin Coombs, 79, of RD 3, Jericho Road died Saturday at the Cumberland County Medical Center. where he had been a patient [or two years. Mr. Coombs was born in Fairfield Township, the son of the late Leslie and Fannie Coombs. He was the husband of Sarah Edna Coombs and had resided at the Jericho Road residence for the past 52 years. A lifetime farmer, he had owned and operated his own farm for many years.
Besides his wife he is survived by two brothers, Artie Coombs and Melvin Coombs, both of Bridgeton; a sister, Linda Corny of Dover, Del., and several nieces and nephews.
Private funeral services will be conducted from the Brooks West Side Funeral Home, 181 Atlantic St., Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. Robert Marks, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Fernwood Memorial Park. At the family’s request there will be no public viewing
2. Death Notice: Coombs -- Of RD 3, Jericho Road, Bridgeton, N.J. on Saturday, March 22, 1986. Calvin Coombs, son of the late Leslie and Fannie Coombs, husband of Sarah Edna Coombs, brother of Artie Coombs, Melvin Coombs and Linda Corny, aged 79 years.
Services will be private at the convenience of the family on Tuesday, March 25, at the Brooks West Side Funeral Home, 181 Atlantic St. Bridgeton. Interment will be made in the Fernwood Memorial Park, Bridgeton. At the family’s request there will be no public viewing.
Charlotte 'Lottie' Reed Coombs 1875-1937
Wife of Alexander Coombs
Diana A. Coombs ~1950-2011
Diana A. Coombs, 61, of Pittsgrove, died at her home on Monday afternoon, March 28, 2011. She had been in failing health for the past year.
The wife of Donald W. Coombs Sr., she was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and was the daughter of the late Carl W. Pierce and Selina Morgan Pierce. She had resided at her present address for the past five years and prior to that she had lived in Hopewell Township.
Diana was a Licensed Practical Nurse by profession. She had formerly been employed with Bridgeton and Elmer Hospitals.
She loved gardening and arts and crafts.
Besides her husband, survivors include two sons, Donald W. Coombs Jr., Pittsgrove and Dusty A. Coombs, Louisiana; one sister, Patricia V. Pierce, Cape May; one brother, Carl Pierce, Jr., Pennsylvania; and five grandchildren, Dakota Coombs, Aidan Coombs, Nathanael Coombs, Dinah Coombs and Kaleigh Coombs.
Memorial services will be held in the PADGETT FUNERAL HOME, 1107 State Highway 77, Upper Deerfield Township, on Thursday, March 31, at noon. Cremation will take place in Laurel Lawn Crematory, Upper Deerfield Township. Written condolences and tributes may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.padgettfuneralhome.com
Edna Coombs d age 81
Edna Coombs, 81, of RD 7, Fairfield Township died Wednesday morning in Bridgeton Hospital after being in failing health the past two years. Born in Fairfield Township, she was the daughter of the late William and Dorcas Pierce Dean and the wife of Alfred C. Coombs Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Coombs would have observed their 62nd wedding anniversary later this month.
She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church for over 60 years.
In addition to her husband she is survived by a son, Alfred C. Coombs Jr. of Bridgeton; four daughters, Elizabeth Carney of Bridgeton, Katherine Wiley of Florence, Mary Durham and Louise Coward, both of Bridgeton; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Dean of Bridgeton; three sisters, Emma Pierce, Elizabeth Pierce and L Peterson, all of Bridgeton and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be Saturday from the Gibson-Sray Funeral Home, Carlls Corner. Interment be made, in the family plot at Gouldtown Memorial Park.
Erma Durham Coombs ~1917-1989
(Written note: Dau of Norman & Irene Pierce Durham. Norman is son of Daniel & Carolyn Carney Durham.
2. Death Notice: COOMBS — Of Rockville Road, R.D. 4, Bridgeton, N.J., on Thursday, Aug. 3, 1989. Erma Durham Coombs, wife of the late George Coombs, mother of George Coombs, Jr., Leslie Coombs, Glendon Coombs, Lee Coombs, Shirley Durham, Doris Carney, Erma Urgo, Donna Whitesell and Joann Martin, aged 72 years.
Due notice of funeral services will be given when arrangements are completed by the Padgett Funeral Home, State Highway 77, Bridgeton N.J.
Ernestine M. Coombs ~1918-1994
1. Obituary: Ernestine M. Coombs, 76, of 581 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton, died Tuesday morning at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden where she had been a patient for five days. Her death was sudden and unexpected. Born in Stow Creek Township, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Anna Carney Pierce and the wife of Thomas Irving Coombs, Jr. She had lived at her present address for 29 years and was a lifetime Bridgeton area resident.
Prior to her retirement 18 years ago, she had been employed at the former Owens-Illinois Glass Company in Bridgeton for 31 years. Mrs. Coombs was a member of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Indians organization.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two brothers, Carl Pearce of Florida and Glendon Pearce of Penns Grove; and four sisters, Elizabeth Edwards of. Bridgeton, Doris Hughes of Penns Grove, Emily Loatman and Eliza Coombs of Bridgeton. She was predeceased by a brother, Charles Pearce, and two sisters, Mary Mosley and Madge Durham.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday from the Padgett Funeral Home, 1107 Route 77, Bridgeton, with the Rev. Donald K. Harrington officiating. The interment will be made at Fernwood Memorial Park in Bridgeton. Friends may call Saturday morning one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
2. Death Notice: COOMBS — Of 581 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton, N.J., on Tuesday, March 8, 1994. Ernestine M. Coombs, wife of Thomas Irving Coombs Jr., sister of Carl Pearce, Glendon Pearce, Elizabeth Edwards, Doris Hughes, Emily Loatman and Eliza Coombs, aged 76 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral services without further notice from the Padgett Funeral Home, 1107 State Highway 77;. Bridgeton, on Saturday, March 12 at 11 a.m. Interment will be made at Fernwood Memorial Park in Bridgeton. Friends may call on Saturday morning one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
Hester Pierce Coombs ~1842 - 1903
(note - daughter of Jacob Pierce & Hester Murray of N.J.)
Image courtesy of Helen Pierce, daughter of Charles Roy Pierce and Jacquelyn Elaine Batchelor.
John W. Coombs Jr ~1949-1998
Contributed by Lorraine Johnson-Gregg 5/19/2000, who notes, “d Feb 17, 1998. Liza Pierce dau of Anna Carney & Charles Pearce. John Coombs Sr. son of Irving Thomas Coombs & Ada Loatman Coombs.”
John Coombs Jr., 49, of Midlothian, Va., and formerly of Bridgeton died Tuesday in Johnson-Willis Hospital, Midlothian.
A member of the Class of 1966 at Bridgeton High School, he was truck driver working for CXPress Trucking, Inc., Richmond, Va., for 10 years. He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War and received a Combat Action Ribbon, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Vietnam Campaign Ribbon and a Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. He attended the Catholic church.
Surviving are his wife, Shorriane (nee Pettis); five sons, John W. III and Jason, both of Archer, Fla., and Germaine, Tyrone and Jonathan all at home; three daughters, Mareesha, Eliza and Rosa, all at home; his mother, Eliza (nee Pierce) of Bridgeton; a brother, Garry of Fairton; and three sisters, Gail of Bridgeton, Donna Pierce of Stow Creek and Linda Murray of Millville. He was predeceased by a brother, Edward T.; and his .father, John W. Sr.
Funeral Liturgy will by 10 am. Friday in St. Mary Magdalen Church, Buck and Depot streets, Millville, where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Gouldtown Memorial Park, Gouldtown.
Kevin R. Coombs ~1975-2005
Kevin R. Coombs, 30, of Bridgeton died unexpectedly on Wednesday March 16, 2005.
Born in Bridgeton and a lifelong Bridgeton resident, Kevin was a member of the Cumberland Regional High School class of 1993. As a youngster he played little league baseball at West Cumberland Little League. He played the guitar and at one time was a member of a band. In addition, he liked fishing and listening to music. He was artistically inclined and enjoyed drawing.
Kevin is survived by his parents, Linda (nee Hymer) and Allan Johnson of Bridgeton and Melvin W. Jr. and Cathy Coombs of Pittsgrove, one daughter, Zoe Coombs of Bridgeton, his fiancè, Kylene Anderson of Trenton, one sister, Stacie Cuff and her husband Donald of Hopewell Township, one brother, Melvin W. Coombs III and his wife Tiffany of Ellijay, Ga., two stepbrothers, Adam Powell of Elmer and Jason Johnson of Mays Landing, one nephew, Andrew Cuff and two nieces, Naomi and Lydea Coombs and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Monday March 21 at noon at the Freitag Funeral Home, 137 W. Commerce St., Bridgeton with Pastor Milton Akey of the Bridgeton First Church of the Nazarene officiating. The interment will take place at Fernwood Memorial Park in Hopewell Township. Friends will be received at the funeral home Monday morning from 10 until noon. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested to the Zoe Coombs Education Fund, c/o Wheeler Fazenbaker, Colonial Bank, 1245 Highway 77, Bridgeton, N.J. 08302. Written condolences and tributes to the family may be sent using the funeral home website, freitagfuneralhome.com.
Lottie Reed Coombs 1875-1937 (Charlotte Coombs)
Wife of Alexander Coombs
Marguerite Coombs ~1919-2004
29 Nov 2004
Marguerite Coombs, age 85, of Bridgeton, died Friday evening, November 26, 2004 at the South Jersey Regional Medical Center where she had been a patient for one week following a brief illness. Born in Cheswold, Delaware, she was the daughter of the late Eva Carter and the wife of the late Linwood Coombs Jr. She was also predeceased by her first husband, Lynford Boyd Seeney. She had been a Bridgeton area resident for 40 years and prior to that had lived in Kenton and Cheswold, Delaware.
Mrs. Coombs was a member of the Bridgeton Seventh Day Adventist Church and was a homemaker.
She is survived by two sons, Lynford Ronald Seeney and his wife Mary of Jacksonville, Fla. and Robert Austin Seeney and his wife Kateryna of Estelle Manor; a daughter, Judith A. Carney and her husband William of Bridgeton, 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. She was predeceased by a brother, James Carter and 3 grandchildren, Kim E. Seeney, Robert A. Seeney Jr. and Randy D. Seeney.
Funeral services will be held at the PADGETT FUNERAL HOME, 1107 State Highway 77, Upper Deerfield Township on Tuesday evening, November 30 at 8 p.m. Interment services will take place on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at the Immanuel Union United Methodist Church Cemetery in Cheswold, Del. Friends may call on Tuesday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. prior to the services at the funeral home.
MeIvin Coombs died age 86
1. Obituary: MeIvin Coombs, 86, of Shiloh died Thursday at home. Born in Fairfield Township, son of the late Leslie and Fannie Wood Coombs, he was a self-employed dairy and vegetable farmer in Greenwich Township for 40 years before retiring.
He was a member of the Bridgeton First Church of the Nazarene and the Sunshine Sunday School Class. He enjoyed, hunting and gardening.
Surviving is his wife of 64 years, Minnie (nee Coward); a daughter, Eleanor M. Cessna of Millville; a son, Melvin W. of Pittsgrove Township; two half-sisters; a half-brother; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Barry G. Whetstone will officiate at services at 11 a.m. Monday in the First Church of the Nazarene, 350 West Park Drive, Bridgeton, where friends may call after 10 a.m. Burial will be Fernwood Memorial Park, Hopewell Township. Contributions may be sent to HospiceCare of South Jersey, 2848 S. Delsea Drive, Vineland, N.J. 08360, or the church, Bridgeton, N.J. 08302. Arrangements are by the Freitag Funeral Home, Bridgeton.
Minnie Coward Coombs ~1914-2000
Saturday, October 28, 2000
Minnie Coward Coombs, 86, of Hopewell Township, formerly of Stow Creek Township, died at Cumberland Manor on Wednesday evening. She had been a resident of the Manor for the past year. The wife of the late Melvin Coombs, who died in 1998, she was born in Greenwich daughter of the late John and Anna Pierce Coward. She assisted her late husband in the operation of their dairy and vegetable farm. Mrs. Coombs formerly lived at West Road in Stow Creek and prior this in Greenwich on Bacons Neck Road.
The deceased was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene and a member of the Sunshine Sunday Sunday School Class and formerly taught in the Sunday school. She was a 1932 graduate of Bridgeton High School and enjoyed reading, was an excellent cook famous for her rice pudding and loved her grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 350 West Park Drive, Bridgeton with her pastor, the Rev. Milton E. Akey, officiating. Burial will be made at Fernwood Memorial Park, Hopewell Township. Friends will be received at the church one hour prior to the service. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freitag Funeral Home, Bridgeton. Written condolences may be expressed to the family at the funeral home web site, freitagfuneralhome.com.
Sarah Edna Coombs ~1903-1988
(Note by Lorraine Johnson-Gregg: Harvey & Hattie Clark Mosley’s daughter, Sarah Edna Mosley March 14, 1988.)
1. Obituary: Sarah Edna Coombs, 85, of RD 3, Jericho Road, Marlboro died Monday in Bridgeton Hospital where she had been a patient for two weeks. Prior to her admission to Bridgeton Hospital she had been a patient at the Bridgeton Nursing Center for one year. Born in Salisbury, Md., the daughter of the late Harvey and Hattie Clark Mosey, she was the wife of the late Calvin Coombs who died in 1986. She had resided at the Jericho address for 53 years.
Mrs. Coombs was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and was an Avon representative for 25 years.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Services will be private Thursday morning from the Brooks West Side Funeral Home, 181 Atlantic St., with the Rev. Nelson Arroyo, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Rev. Robert Marks, former pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will be made in Fernwood Memorial Park. The family requests that contributions in Mrs. Coombs’ memory be made to Trinity United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.
2. Death Notice: Sarah Edna Coombs of RD 3, Jericho Road, Marlboro-Bridgeton, N.J. on Monday, March 14, 1988. Sarah Edna Coombs, daughter of the Harvey and Hattie (nee Clar--) Mosey, wife of the late Cal--- Coombs, aged 85 years.
Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family, Thursday morning, March 17 at the Brooks West Side Funeral Home, 181 Atlantic St., Bridgeton. Interment will be made in Fernwood Memorial Park. At the family’s request there will be public viewing. The family suggests that contributions in Mrs. Coombs’ memory be made to Trinity United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.
3. Death Notice: Services for Sarah Edna Coombs, 85, of RD 3, Jericho Road, Marlboro-Bridgeton were conducted Thursday morning from the Brooks West Side Funeral Home with the Rev. Nelson Arroyo, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Robert Marks, former pastor, officiating. Interment was made in Fernwood Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers were Stephen Ayars, the Rev. Jack DuBois, Charles Robinson, John Robinson, Ralph Peck and Harold Uhland.
Velma Coward Coombs ~1916-2006
6 Oct 2006.
Velma Coombs, 90, of
, died in the Cumberland Manor on Wednesday morning, Oct. 4, 2006. The wife of the late Artie Coombs, she was born in Hopewell Township and was the daughter of the late John L. Coward Sr. and Anna Pierce Coward. She had been a resident of Greenwich Hopewell Townshipsince 1971 and prior to that had lived in Fairfield Townshipand . Greenwich
She and her late husband Artie had operated a farm on
Seabreeze Roadin for several years. Velma was a member of the Fairfield Township of the Nazarene. She loved crocheting, making Afghans, traveling to First Church in the winter and had raised parakeets. Florida
Survivors include: one sister, Alice Carney,
and several nieces and nephews, including her caregivers, John A. Coward Sr. and his wife Doris of Bridgeton. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry Charles Coward and John L. Coward Jr. and three sisters, Frances Sammons, Grace Durham and Minnie Coombs. Bridgeton
Funeral services will be held in the
of the Nazarene, First Church West Park Drive, HopewellTownship, on Saturday morning, Oct. 7, at 11 o’clock. Burial will be in Fern wood Memorial Park, . A viewing will be held at the church on Saturday morning between 10 and 11 o’clock. Funeral arrangements ate under the direction of the PADGETT FUNERAL HOME, Hopewell Township . Upper Deerfield Township
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