Rains County, Texas, was established in 1870 from Hopkins, Hunt, and Wood Counties. The county seat is Emory.

April 1999 (12 Apr 1999 issue of The News-Telegram, Sulphur Springs)
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Harold Shane COMBS

Funeral services for Harold Shane COMBS, 21, of the Bonanza Community of Hopkins County will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at Tapp Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Tapp Funeral Home. Interment will follow services at Deaton Cemetery in Rains County with Tony Giles, Jason Burtch, Chris Bullard, Richard Roberts, Cody Hunt, Eric Maus, and Troy Horton serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be John Williams, David Rozelle, Tony Williams, Eddie Wood, Harold Fallis, Oscar Aguilar, Thurman Wood, William Campbell, Bobby Wear, Glen Bristow, L. J. Wade, Don Alton COMBS, Billy Anderson, Greg Anderson, Brandon Anderson, Brandon Bell, Ray David Daughtey and Rowdy Anderson.

Mr. COMBS died at 3:45 a.m. Saturday, April 10, in a single vehicle accident. He was born in Greenville on Dec. 4, 1977, the son of William David COMBS and Peggy Joyce BRISTOW. Mr. COMBS was a construction worker and on active reserve in the U.S. Navy. He served aboard the U.S.S. George Washington during the Operation Dessert [sic] Shield conflict in the Middle East. He was a graduate of Miller Grove High School class of 1996. He was a member of the Freedom Church of God.

Survivors include his father of Bonanza; his mother of Longview; paternal grandparents, Monroe Alton and Doris Jean COMBS of Bonanza; maternal grandmother Ethel Irene WOOD of Sulphur Springs; one brother, _____; and sisters, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____ and _____. Mr. COMBS was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, T.C. WOOD.

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Two local men killed after one-vehicle accident Saturday on Arbala Road

A Sulphur Springs man and Emory man were killed early Saturday after they were thrown from a pickup that rolled over several times on Arbala Road. John Wesley DOUGAN, 21, of Sulphur Springs and Harold Shane COMBS, 21, of Emory were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 3:45 a.m. Saturday by Hopkins County Justice of the Peace Yvonne King. The body of COMBS, driver of the 1994 Ford pickup, was taken to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's office for an autopsy. The accident occurred at 2:56 a.m. about 6.5 miles south of Sulphur Springs on FM 2297. According to preliminary reports by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the pickup was southbound when the driver lost control and the truck rolled over "numerous times." The truck came to a stop after hitting a tree. The driver ejected from the vehicle, and investigators believe he may have struck a telephone pole. DOUGAN was located about 145 feet from the resting point of the pickup by Trooper Brian Worley during a follow-up investigation, according to the reports, which also state neither man was wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck. Worley and other investigators were back at the scene of the accident Monday morning collecting data for reports. The investigation into the cause of the accident has not been concluded, Worley said Monday morning.

June 1999 (The News-Telegram, Sulphur Springs)


Funeral services for M. A. COMBS, 80, of Emory will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 24, at Freedom Church of God with the Rev. Kenneth Ishmael officiating.

Visitation will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Freedom Church of God in Emory.

Interment will follow the services in Deaton Cemetery with Ben ANGLIN, Don HORNER, Welcom WOOD, Donnie M. COMBS, Jimmy WITT, Johnny SPARKS, Glenn ROACH and Johnny NORTHCUTT serving as pallbearers.

Mr. COMBS died Tuesday, June 22, at his residence.

He was born in Hopkins County on Nov. 30, 1919, the son of Richard O. and Leona BRADFORD COMBS. He married Doris SPARKS on Feb. 18, 1939, in Mount Vernon. She survives.

Mr. COMBS was a retired farmer and a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Baptist faith.

Other survivors include sons, _____, and _____; a brother, Joe Ben COMBS of Rockwall; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mr. COMBS was preceded in death by a daughter, Sylvia Deloris COMBS in 1941.

Important: All Records collected for this county may not have been added here as yet. See also the Combs Research List Archives

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