Edie Combs McCreary, Rockwood

Edie Combs McCreary, age 69, of Rockwood Tennessee, died on May 15, 2020 after a battle with cancer.  

Born on June 20, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Elvin and Bette Combs. Edie grew up in Berea Kentucky, graduated from Madison Central High School and Berea College. As a lover of children, she chose teaching as her career and made a difference in the lives of many students. She began her teaching career in Richmond Kentucky at Madison Central High School then a short time at East LaFollette Elementary but most of her teaching career was at Ridgeview Elementary in Rockwood Tennessee. She took a break from teaching to raise her children, E.T. and Emily. When they became school age she returned to the classroom. Edie loved teaching and as her teaching cohorts will attest, she was always up for a good, clean and safe practical joke. She always stood up for her students.

Edie was a wonderful wife having been married to and put up with Earl McCreary for 49 wonderful years. She was magical in the kitchen. No matter what ingredients she had at hand, she could whip up the most delightful and delicious dishes and meals. Truly that was a gift her mother gave to her. The gift her father gave to her was her great love for animals. She took in every stray that came around and her family enjoyed just about every animal that could be considered an indoor pet except for snakes, although in later years she did grow the courage to handle them! She never saw a child or animal she didn’t like and was rarely seen without a smile. Edie was a lover of athletics. A high school and college cheerleader, she introduced, coached, and participated as the world’s best fan to her children in all manner of sports.

She gave her life to Christ at an early age and never strayed from the Lord, being a great influence and example to those around her. She was an active member of the Rockwood Church of Christ and always tried to use her talents to honor the Lord. Her beautiful alto voice will be remembered by all. Always a loving, caring and giving person she lived by the principle of others first. For that reason she wished in lieu of flowers any remembrances be sent to the Smokerise Memorial Park c/o Doug Cloud 216 Darrell Lane, Rockwood, TN 37854.

Edie was preceded in death by her parents, Elvin and Bette Combs, and her brother Jerry Combs.

She is survived by her husband Earl McCreary, Jr., son E.T. McCreary, daughter Emily Ashton Arp and one very special granddaughter, Launa Ashton Arp. She also leaves a sister and brother in law Jane and Ray Brandenburg, brothers John Combs and Larry Combs, and special ‘sisters’ Dulce Combs and Becky Reynolds, brothers in law and sisters in law David and Betty Lou Alspaugh, John and Diana McCreary, Steve and Julie McCreary, Marti McCreary Bailey, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Edie’s funeral will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the Rockwood Church of Christ; 129 S. Chamberlain Avenue; Rockwood, TN 37854 with Minister Todd Houston officiating. Visitation will follow at 7:30 p.m. at the church. Edie will be buried in the Combs Family Cemetery; 2820 Combs Lane, Berea, Kentucky with graveside services on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. with Minister Jack Hall officiating. An online register is available at www.evansmortuary.biz.

Evans Mortuary of Rockwood, Tennessee and Davis-Powell Funeral Home of Berea, Kentucky is serving the family of Edie Combs McCreary.

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