Whitesburg KY

Willmer Halcomb succumbs at 84

Funeral services for Willmer Halcomb, 84, will be held Thursday in Carlisle.

Born in Gordon, he was a son of the late Irvin and Mary E. Halcomb. He was a graduate of Kingdom Come High School, Eastern Kentucky State Teacher’s College, and the University of Kentucky. He died July 22 after a short illness.

Halcomb was an Army veteran of World War II when he fought at the Battle of the Bulge in the 94th Infantry Division. He received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service after working in Boyd, Greenup, Monroe, Nicholas, and Robinson counties. He was a member of the Association for Retired Soil Conservation Service Personnel, and the Cedar Grove Old Regular Baptist Church in Hallie.

He was also a member of the Eastern Star, a 32nd Degree Mason, and a Shriner. He was a former member of the Rotary Club and was an honorary Kentucky Colonel. Known to many as “Beeman”, he was an avid beekeeper and belonged to the Blue Grass Beekeepers Association.

He was preceded in death by a son, Wilmer Halcomb, and three brothers, Lawrence Halcomb, Warren Halcomb, and Tolbert Halcomb.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Ison Halcomb; two daughters, Pamela Halcomb and Wilma Archey and husband, Richard; a grandson, Jeremy Archey; and brothers and sisters, Clarence Halcomb, Ruth Parton, Ross Halcomb, Harry Halcomb, Wallace Halcomb, Eva Goodman, Lester Halcomb, Mary Jackson, and Jesse Swafford.

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