Wayne Arthur Coomes, Sr.
Wayne Arthur Coomes Sr., a Retired Marine Corps Colonel and leader in the Lewisburg, TN community, passed away on June 5, 2019. He was 81.
Born in Evansville, IN, August 19, 1937, to Avery and Eloise Coomes, he attended Central High School where he was a accomplished athlete and a talented drummer in the school band. He had many lifelong friends from his graduating class of 1955 whom he remained close to throughout his life. As a high school student, he volunteered in the summers at Camp Koch, a camp for special needs children in Troy Indiana. It was there he developed his passion for community service and helping others.
Upon graduating from high school his family relocated to Lewisburg and Wayne worked for Florence Stove as a timekeeper. In the summer of 1956, he met Patsy Stacey and that fall they attended Middle Tennessee State College. Upon graduation in 1960, he was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the United States Marine Corps. He served for 30 years in various assignments of increased responsibility including two tours in Vietnam. He commanded numerous Marine Corps companies and battalions ending his career as the Deputy Commander of Naval Investigative Service in Washington DC as a Colonel. During his 30 years of service he was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star with “V” device for combat valor, and the Meritorious Service Medal. Upon retirement he relocated back to Lewisburg to continue his commitment to community service.
In 1998, at age of 61, Wayne entered and graduated from Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, becoming president of its class as well as the oldest person to complete the training program. He simultaneously served as Chief for both the Police and Fire department in Lewisburg, while also serving as director of the Marshall County Emergency Communication District.
After his second retirement in 2005, he continued his involvement in community affairs with his membership to Kiwanis, The American Legion Post 39, the Republican Party of Marshall County and the First Baptist Church, Lewisburg, TN. He worked tirelessly to provide mush needed awareness to the citizens of Marshall County for support of our military veterans. He was instrumental in the organization and well as attended ceremony of the “Welcome Home Vietnam Vets” celebration held in 2017 at Rock Creek Park. Wayne’s devotion to these civic organizations and First Baptist Church created numerous lasting friendships, changed many lives for the better and fostered a huge sense of pride and love for his country. He faithfully held to his belief that only three priorities in life will never let you down: God, Country, Family!
Wayne is survived by his wife Patsy Stacey Coomes, whom he knew since 1956; a son, Wayne Arthur Coomes Jr.; a daughter, Lisa Coomes (Paul) Greenwood; a granddaughter, Caroline Greenwood (Paul) Lembrick; a grandson, Nathaniel Greenwood; and two great-granddaughters, Raleigh Anne and Madeline Stacey Lembrick. He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Coomes (Bill) Rieves and a sister-in-law, Sara Stacey; a niece, Robin Rieves (Danny) Lane, and two nephews, Rick (Carrie) Rieves and Fred (Lisa) Stacey.
Visitation for Mr. Coomes will be Tuesday, June 11, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Lewisburg, Tn. A funeral service will be conducted Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Lewisburg, Tn., with burial to follow in Lone Oak Cemetery with military honors.
London Funeral Home and Crematory in charge of the arrangements.