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In Our Prayers: Martha McCombs

Note: We were just notified at the synod office of this passing today.

Martha Barnhardt McCombs, 90, wife of Rev. R. Earl McCombs, Jr., died Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at NHC Health Care Center.

Born on January 29, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Floyd R. and Ruth Frieze Barnhardt of Kannapolis, NC, where she attended local schools and Lenoir Rhyne College, receiving a business degree. She retired from Greenwood Vocational Rehabilitation Center in 2001. Martha was a lifelong Lutheran and was a member of Immanuel Luthern Church, where her husband, Earl, served as pastor. For many years, she was a member of church choir, was a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church Women and taught Sunday Church School.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years; her children, Katherine Ruth Lingle of Savannah, GA, Robert E. McCombs, III (Laura) of Lexington and Mary Ann Cooper (John) of Greenwood; eight grandchildren, Lee Lingle, Benjamin Lingle (Laura), Anna Lingle Sanford (Tommy), Robert McCombs, Molly McCombs, Riley Raybon, Jack Cooper and Katie Cooper; three great grandchildren, Anna Marie, Thomas and Alex; and a brother, Ray Barnhardt of Newton, NC.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Norma Matheny.

Once health restrictions have been lifted, a time will be announced for a memorial service at Immanuel Lutheran Church, where her cremated remains will be entombed in the church columbarium.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 501 E. Creswell Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29646 or to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Piedmont, 408 W. Alexander Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29646 (

Almighty God, source of all mercy and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with those who mourn, that, casting all their sorrow on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
– Prayer from the Lutheran Book of Worship

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