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BILLY S. "Uncle Bud" McCOMAS

(Apr 14, 2012)

BILLY S. "Uncle Bud" McCOMAS, of his beloved hometown of Salt Rock, W.Va., entered heaven at the age of 93 on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Oscar and Della Vannatter McComas, brothers Raymond and Doliver T. McComas, and sisters Gladys Murphy, Georgia McDonald, Emma Self, Ruth Bailey and Peggy McComas. He is survived by sisters Mary Pratt of Huntington and Ruby Adkins of Fairmont, W.Va., and brother Rev. C.G. McComas of Huntington. He is also survived by nephews, Bob McComas, Fred McComas, Charles Adkins, Tim Adkins, John Pratt, Billy Inscoe, Jimmy McDonald and Corky Bailey, and nieces Tami Garvin, Lillian Pauley, Debbie Moore, Geraldine Ferguson, Lavenia Long, Betty Pelletier, Helen Inscoe and Audra Sowards, and also nephew Tom McComas and family with whom he made his home the last three years. He was a lifetime member of Salt Rock Methodist (Community) Church and also attended Beulah Ann Missionary Baptist Church in his later years. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1942-1945 in the Asiatic Theater, specifically in the China, Burma and India (CBI) conflicts, and achieved the rank of Corporal. He was very active in several civic and fraternal organizations including Hamlin Masonic Lodge #79 AF&AM, Beni Kedem Shriners, American Legion Post 16 of Huntington, General Andrew Lewis Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and Kentucky Colonels. Uncle Bud retired from being an Operating Engineer and was a proud 55-year member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 132. Visitation will be Saturday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the funeral will be Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville, W.Va., by the Rev. Paul Meadows and Pastor Jason Salmons. Masonic graveside services will follow at the McComas family cemetery in Salt Rock. Honorary pallbearers are Rusty Pauley, John Allen Pratt, Michael McComas, Clint Vickers, Cody Vickers, Chris Carter and J.D. Chapman. Those of us that knew Uncle Bud will miss his quick wit, compassion, and warm personality that he so freely gave to all. The children (young and old) of Salt Rock and the surrounding area will miss the candy and coins which he always managed to produce from his pockets at just the right time. The family would like to thank Dr. James Goetz, the nurses and staff on 4-South Team #1 Telemetry and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Units of SMMC, and his daytime caregiver J.D. Chapman for their compassionate and loving care of our beloved brother, uncle and friend.

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