Yadkin County native eliminated from X Factor

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BOONVILLE, N.C. -- Freddie Combs, a native of Yadkin County, won’t be returning on the X Factor.  The 540-pound minister, now living in Tennessee, gained national attention when he wowed the X Factor judges with his voice. 

“I'll be singing to my last breath,” said Combs after being eliminated Wednesday night. “Hopefully I'll be an inspiration to everybody,” he added. 

Combs has already inspired many with losing 420 pounds. In 2009 he topped 920-pounds and almost died. 

Despite being eliminated from the Fox show Combs still inspires his high school friends back home in Boonville.

“Freddie has a heart of gold,” said former Starmount High School classmate Melanie St. John. “He could sing, he was phenomenal and sang in a lot of people’s weddings even after we graduated.” 

Combs graduated in 1989 from Starmount where he was well-liked, the class president and loved to sing every chance he got.

 “The voice is amazing but he is even more of an amazing person,” said LuAnn Doss who remembers having lunch with him almost daily. “He sang Bridge Over Troubled Water when we were in high school and I was hooked, I was a fan for life.”

The X Factor wasn’t the first time Combs gained national attention. Combs and his wife Kay appeared in the TLC specials Ton of Love (2011) and Heavily Ever After, The Big Climb (2012).