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Bobbye Carolyn Combs

May 1, 1936 — July 7, 2021

Bobbye Carolyn Combs, beloved wife, mother, and “Mimi” was welcomed by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into eternity on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. She passed away peacefully in Pampa, where she was a pioneer in the publishing field as well as a lifelong supporter of the arts and the community in general.

Services will be 10:00 AM Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel with Pastor Dillon Hill, pastor at Faith Bible Church, where Bobbye was a member, officiating. Private family burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery at McLean under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Family visitation will be from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Friday, July 9, 2021 at Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Combs was born May 1, 1936 in Gainesville to Milburn and Elsie Smith Wariner. Bobbye was a graduate of Lefors High School and married Joel Combs on December 18, 1955.

She started her career in publishing early in her life as the owner of the Slaton newspaper. After her children, Carla and Bill were born, she was able to stay home and raise them for a number of years. Sometime after Carla and Bill started school, Bobbye became the Women’s editor at the Pampa News and wrote a column “Bobbye’s Bake House”. This column had recipes that she would test on her family. Over the years, Bobbye loved her family, friends, and community with her delicious food and baked goods. In 1981, Bobbye and Joel founded Focus Magazine which provided the most positive voice in the Panhandle. Focus Magazine’s goal is to promote the heritage and arts of the Top O’ Texas Region. They won numerous Golden Nail Awards form the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce and were the Pampa Chamber of Commerce 2020 “Business of the Year” While she was an accomplished businesswoman and community member, Bobbye’s proudest accomplishment was her family. She cheered children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren in activities including basketball, football, baseball, softball, band, choir, dance, and stage productions.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Milburn & Elsie Wariner of Lefors; her four brothers and sister-in-law, James Wariner of Platte City, Missouri, Arnold Wariner of San Angelo, Johnny Wariner and wife, Mary of Lefors and Jerry Wariner of Lefors.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Joel Combs; her son, Bill Combs and wife Pam of Fort Worth; her daughter, Carla Moffitt and husband Don of Paris, Texas; two grandsons, Matt Moffitt and wife Carlye of The Dalles, Oregon and Scott Moffitt of Paris, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Macy Moffitt, Max Moffitt, and Mabrie Moffitt, all of Paris, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Wariner of Platte City, Mssouri, and Amelia Wariner of San Angelo; nieces and nephews, Byron Wariner and wife LeAnn and family of Ocala, Florida, Cindy Louderback and husband Mike and family of Platte City, Missouri, Karen Wariner Bowling, husband Scott and family of Orlando, Florida, Jamie Wariner and wife Kittee and family of Pampa, Lisa Wariner and family of Pampa, Rodney Wariner and wife Tara and family of Burkburnett, and Valorie Wariner and family of Iowa Park; lifelong friends and sisters, LaJuana Quarles of Lubbock and Carole Watson of Lefors.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, July 9, 2021

5:30 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors

600 N Ward St, Pampa, TX 79065

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Funeral Service

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel

600 N Ward St, Pampa, TX 79065

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