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Goodlettsville mayor, a longtime public servant, passes away after stroke

Goodlettsville mayor, a longtime public servant, passes away after stroke


Goodlettsville Mayor John Coombs passed away Tuesday afternoon after suffering a severe stroke last week.

Goodlettsville Commissioner Zach Young says he was someone that he looked up to as a public servant.

“John was a shining example of what we as public servants should strive to be,” Zach Young said. “His decades of service to our community will not be forgotten.”

Portland Mayor Ken Wilber says that Mayor Coombs was always trying to make Goodlettsville a better place to live.

“He was a good man,” Wilber said. “He worked hard for the citizens of Goodlettsville.”

Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt shared his thoughts about the passing of Mayor Coombs.

“Mayor Coombs was a man of great integrity. He worked tirelessly for the people of Goodlettsville not only to represent them within the city but also on regional committees,” Holt said. “His untimely death is a huge loss for not only the people of Goodlettsville, but the entire region. I will dearly miss him and my condolences go out to his family.”

Mayor Coombs was first elected to the city of Goodlettsville Board of Commissioners in October 2006. He served as Vice Mayor from 2010 to June 2012 before becoming mayor. Prior to that he served over 20 years on the Planning and Zoning board, where he chaired the board for many of those years.

According to his profile, Coombs moved to Goodlettsville in 1958 and graduated from Goodlettsville High School. He attended Tennessee Tech University, where he received a ROTC commission in the United States Army. He served in the military until 1969 and then moved back to Goodlettsville. He was also involved in the Goodlettsville Dixie Youth baseball program as coach and supporter of the park.

Coombs was retired from Essilor of America, where he held various positions over 35 years. He was a member of the Goodlettsville Cumberland Presbyterian Church and served as an Elder and Sunday school teacher,

He is survived by his wife Linda of more than 50 years. They had two children Kelly and Chris and three grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 9, from 3-8 PM and Saturday, March 10, from 11 AM-2 PM with the funeral at 2 PM right after visitation. Both the visitation and funeral will be held at Goodlettsville Cumberland Presbyterian Church located at 226 South Main Street in Goodlettsville.

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