Don Benjamin Coombs, Sr.

February 3, 1946 - December 27, 2014
Don Benjamin Coombs, Sr.


Don Benjamin Coombs, Sr., Age 68, of Supply, NC passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 27, 2014 surrounded by loved ones at the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick.

He was born February 3, 1946 in Bladen County to the late Louis E. Coombs and Maggie Dowless Coombs.

He is preceded in death by his brothers Louis E. Coombs, Jr. and Edward Lee Coombs; and his sweet baby son, Daniel Brian Coombs. He is also preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law, Clayton D. Burton, Sr., and Frances J. Burton, Brother in law, Rufus (Jack) Yow and nephews, Frank, Michael, and Keith Yow.

He is survived by his best friend, companion, and loving wife of 48 years, Mary Burton Coombs, along with a daughter Donna C. Elderdice (Randy), and son Don Benjamin Coombs, Jr. (Jennifer), his sister, Maggie C. Yow and brother Lee Roy Coombs, in laws Martha and Tom Lamb, Clayton and Diane Burton and Patricia Coombs, along with 4 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Ben was the best husband, dad, granddaddy, papa, brother and uncle that God could have made. We will all miss him dearly.

Don Benjamin, better known as “Ben” worked in the Carpenters and Milwright Union until he formed his own business in the late 70’s. He was the owner and operator of Coombs Auto and Boat Trim in Wilmington until his retirement in 2004. He loved boating and fishing and loved being near the water.

The family will receive friends from 12:00PM till 2:00PM Tuesday at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S.41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. A Service to celebrate “Ben’s” life will follow at 2:00PM, Pastor and close family friend John Stamey will officiate.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials “In memory of Don Benjamin Coombs, Sr.” be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation 1414 Physicians Drive Wilmington, NC 28401, or a charity of their choice.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Duke Hospital, Dr. Howard Ruscetti and his staff and to Dr. Brigitt Arb and her staff, and the entire staff of the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick for preparing Ben for his journey Home.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • December 29, 2014
    Dawn Henningsen French says:
    Rest in Peace. I Will always remember your smile, laughter and fishing stories. God Bless.

  • January 06, 2015
    Kimberly Southern says:
    I want to extend my dearest sympathies to the Coombs family. I will always remember Ben's smile and how much he enjoyed the company of his friends. Ben and Mary were very good to me growing up, and they both will always have a special place in my heart. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • January 06, 2015
    Tom Wallace says:
    Mary, So sorry to hear about Ben. Our family''s prayers are with you and your family during this time of grief. Hope all is well with you.

  • December 28, 2014
    Lisa Davis Matthis says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Lots of fond memories of Ben & your family.

  • December 29, 2014
    Marsha Kanapaux says:
    I am Kim's aunt and wish to express my sympathy and prayers to Ben's family.