Ida Mae Feltner Combs was born Tuesday, June 7, 1927 to Martin and Rhoda Stacy Feltner at Cordia,
Kentucky. She was the youngest of eleven children, two of which were still-born. At a very early age, due to
the death of her mother, Ida Mae had to take over the chores of cooking for the family and began the
development of a skill for which she is famous in Eastern Kentucky, People in Knott and many of the
surrounding counties have cheerfully sampled her cakes and candies.
Ida Mae married Clarence Combs on March 27, 1945. Together they made their home on Clear Fork of
Lotts Creek in Knott County. Ida Mae, due to a childhood illness was unable to have children, but she was
instrumental in helping raise many of her nieces and nephews. Everyone knew her as “Aunt Idie.” One special
nephew, Charlie Combs spent six years with Ida Mae and Clarence.
The happiest day of Aunt Idie’s life was when she and Clarence brought home her 3-week old son, Wilton
Eugene. She was a very devoted mother to Wilton and more mother than grandmother to Wilton’s sons,
Joshua Eugene and Clarence Eugene, whom she had in her home from his birth.
Ida Mae was a vital member of the community, especially the church community. She joined the Old
Regular Baptist Church at Little Dove in February of ’88.
She was baptized in Lotts Creek on April 3, 1988, taking her membership into the Clear Fork Old Regular
Baptist Church where she remained faithful, attending regularly until the Lord called her home.
Ida Mae is preceded in death by one brother; Herman, and four sisters; Mirah Feltner, Alice Williams,
Ruphenia Combs and Eva Lena Combs.
She is survived by her husband; Clarence, her son; Wilton Eugene (Jan), and three grandchildren; Joshua
Eugene, Clarence Eugene and Nicole. Also surviving are her two sisters; Nancy Kelly and Eulanda Young, and
one brother; Wilburn Feltner.
Aunt Idie’s spirit will live on in the lives of those she touched for generations to come.
Elmer Ray Combs, nephew and brother in the Lord