Sterling Kyler Combs

November 28, 1969 - March 12, 2024
Sterling Kyler Combs

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Kyle has left this world to join God in the eternal shopping spree of life. Everyone who was ever privileged to know Kyle or even just interact with her in the most mundane encounters, would walk away with a smile. Sure, she was an exceptionally shrewd businesswoman with an insatiable appetite for success or a shopaholic who constantly searched for the best bargain and sale of the century. She was extraordinarily brilliant, intelligent, spiritual, social, and wise beyond the norm. All this is obvious as we visualize and remember her life. Her faith in God, her Lord and Savior, is as definitive as unwavering, and the source of her values that guided her. However, as wise and thriving as a businesswoman as she was, she was equally humble, honest, and ethical. She would conduct every deal, every encounter, and every venture with the utmost integrity and moral fortitude that would rival even the most pious saint. Kyle is a saint herself. Though she was also brilliant, she often gave you a sense of wonder, amazement, and even curiosity with the inability to summon anything other than a mere one-worded but frequently comical and always puzzled question response of why? This is because through all her business sense and intelligence, Kyle had an innocence about her. Her worldview was wholesome and pure, even childlike. She saw the good in everyone and everything, even if the good was difficult for others to notice. Through her lens, she only saw the beauty in the world, the magic in life, and the light surrounding all of us. Some may call this naïve or unrealistic, maybe it was to some extent, but it was all that Kyle knew that existed to her. She knew of only one way to be and one way to treat people, and that is with compassion and empathy. She understood, perhaps more than anyone, the power that is obtained, felt, and washes over you after when always showing compassion and love to others and despite whether it was reciprocated or not, she never hesitated and never gave anything less.

Then there is her son Chandler, whom she adores and loves with everything she could muster. Chandler, without exception, is the fire that warms her soul, the fuel that drove her, the crown jewel of her life, and her life’s most cherished gift. All the compassion, kindness, and love Kyle gave the world, she just took to a higher level with Chandler. Kyle viewed the world so innocently and lived her life righteously, being enormously successful in almost everything she set out to accomplish without ever leaving a minuscule of resentment, negativity, or pessimism, and loving everyone wholly and unconditionally in an almost childlike purity, no matter what. Much like her life, Kyle was simultaneously complex and deceptively simple. Her business ventures, getting cancer, and even her logic, much like life itself, was complicated. However, Kyle knew better than any of us, how she treats others, how we all can treat others, doesn’t have to be complicated. Being compassionate, showing unconditional love, and being graceful is extraordinarily simple; and to Kyle, it was second nature and she made it look easy. To quote Winston Churchill, Kyle was “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” That is also Kyle, a complex soul in a difficult world who simply loved everyone and saw the beauty in everything, while making it look deceptively simple.

Kyle is survived by her son Chandler Combs and his father, Todd Combs, her father Robert “Bob” Lassiter and stepmother, Dabney, her mother Patsy McAuley Bush and her stepfather Samuel Bush, her sister Kimberly Lassiter, her stepsister Kimberly Bush, her stepbrothers Joshua Bush and his wife Gretchen, Jonathan Bush and his wife Katie, Jeremiah Bush and her numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends, some lifelong, some new, and many in-between, whom she all adored and loved immensely.

Memorial services will be held Saturday night March 16th, 2024, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Wilmington Funeral Chapel, located at 135 South 41st street, Wilmington, NC 28403 (910)791-9099. The funeral will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 17th, 2024, at Christ Community Church, located at 455 Fairview Drive, Wilmington, NC 28412 (910) 784-1991. For those not able to attend, a live stream can be viewed during the service time by clicking here.

There will be sharing after the funeral service. In keeping with Kyle’s spirit, anyone and everyone is welcome to come celebrate the life and the beautiful person that was Kyle Lassiter Combs.

Family, friends, loved ones, and guests are encouraged to review, and is possible, make a donation to SheROCKS, a local charity that Kyle supported.

Internment will be Monday, March 18th, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. at Pineview Cemetery in Rocky Mount, NC.

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  • April 07, 2024
    Laurel Longley says:
    Patsy, I ran into you just a few months ago at Costco and we spent 10-15 minutes catching up. You shared the devastating news that your beautiful daughter had just been diagnosed with cancer the week prior. It was such a shock to her and you and I told you not to cry and to keep your head up (like I always do). I wish I could tell you that again and give you a big hug. I am so very sorry for this crushing loss. The way you talked about your Kyle with so much admiration and pride. You are not alone in your grief. Please know that. Xo

  • March 21, 2024
    Janelle posted an image:
    Our last (Kyle approved 😉) picture together. Kyle had recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but she kept the news private. She believes wholeheartedly that she would win the battle.
    Our last (Kyle approved 😉) picture together. Kyle had recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but she kept the news private. She believes wholeheartedly that she would win the battle.

  • March 21, 2024
    Janelle posted an image:
    Meeting Kyle 20 yrs ago brought sunshine into my life!
    Meeting Kyle 20 yrs ago brought sunshine into my life!

  • March 18, 2024
    Pat Todd says:
    Kyle helped me buy and sell several homes. I had not talked to her in awhile and had no idea she had cancer. I am so sorry to hear this! She was a lovely person!

  • March 18, 2024
    Michael Pennington says:
    Dear Patsy, Bob and family, I am truly sorry for your loss. Kyle was such a beautiful and special person both inside and out. I want to extend my deepest condolences to you and your family.