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Grieving Widower Arrives At Wife’s Funeral, Realizes His Students Hatched A Plan To Show Support

by Barbara Diamond
Barbara is a passionate writer and animal lover who has been professionally blogging for over 10 years and counting.

After retiring from the police force, Alan Combs decided he wasn’t finished helping others. Since he always loved kids and teaching, Alan became a substitute teacher in Rockford, Michigan.

It wasn’t long before Alan became one of the students’ most beloved teachers. Known for his fun and caring nature, his students lovingly call him “Sarge.”

In June 2017, Alan’s wife died in a house fire at their home in Cannon Township. He and Beverly enjoyed 44 years of marriage, and she was just as much a staple in their community. Beverly is being remembered as a wonderful mother and grandmother “with a heart as big as Texas.”

When Alan’s students heard about the tragedy, they secretly sprung into action.

They couldn’t bear the thought of Alan showing up to Beverly’s memorial service feeling more scared and alone than he needed to.

When Alan, a.k.a Sarge, arrived at the funeral home in mourning, he looked outside the building and noticed something so unexpected and overwhelming that he broke down in tears… and he couldn’t help but smile.

Watch the video below to see this touching show of support, and please SHARE this with your friends on Facebook.

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