1911 - 2006

KATIE MAE COMBEE – 95 – School Bus Driver - wife of Oris Combee
LAKELAND -- A longtime resident of Lakeland, Mrs. Katie Mae Combee will be remembered for the school bus route she drove for 28 years. Mrs. Combee died of heart failure Friday (April 28, 2006) at Tandem Health Care, Lake Parker. She was 95. Born Feb. 16, 1911, in Woodville, Mrs. Combee moved to Lakeland from there 88 years ago.
During World War II, Mrs. Combee's husband worked for the Department of Transportation. When the need for school bus drivers became an emergency, she volunteered her services. "She only worked an hour and a half a day," her son, Bill Combee of Lakeland said. Though the workday was short -- one run in the morning, another in the afternoon -- students remembered her for years. "She'd get stopped in stores. She liked getting recognized by kids." In 1997, the Polk County Historical Society inducted Mrs. Combee as a pioneer. The honor caught her by surprise. "They inducted new members every year. I don't think she was expecting it," her son said. A devoted churchgoer, Mrs. Combee taught Sunday school at Gapway Baptist Church for 30 years. "She was there every time the doors opened," her son said.
Mrs. Combee was preceded in death by her husband, Oris Combee.
She is survived by her sons, Donald Combee and William Combee, both of Lakeland; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Ledger, April 30, 2006

>RALPH MORGAN COMBEE – 84 - Cattleman - Brother to Oris Combee
LAKELAND - Mr. Ralph Morgan Combee, age 84, died of complications of Alzheimer's disease December 6, 2007.
 Born in Lakeland on Feb. 27, 1923, he was a lifelong resident. He was a cattleman and a member of the Polk County Cattlemen's Association. He was also a member of the Florida Farm Bureau and one of Polk County's pioneer families. He was an Army veteran of WWII and a member of Gapway Baptist Church.
 Mr. Combee was preceded in death by his son Ronald Combee, brothers Oris Combee, Kenneth Combee, Aldine Combee; sister, Orine Schaller.
 He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Billie Ruth Combee, Lakeland; son, Larry R. "Buck" Combee and his wife Pam, Alturas; daughter, Diane Tate, Lakeland; grandsons, Danny R. Gann and his wife Kathy, Justin W. Combee, both of Lakeland, Jeffrey Aldredge, Alturas; granddaughters Susan Weeks, Lake Wales, Tammy G. Saputo, Lakeland; step granddaughter, Leslie Gann, Lakeland; 8 great grandchildren.
 Visitation will be Monday (12/10/07) at Gapway Baptist Church. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Gapway Baptist Church. Interment will be in Oak Hill Burial Park. Lanier Funeral Home.

Ledger on December 8, 2007

Return to Combee Index