Reid Abercrombie

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

TAMMS, Ill. -- J. Reid Abercrombie, 85, of Tamms died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

He was born May 16, 1922, in Alexander County, Ill., to Cyrille and Adeline Jane Kendall Abercrombie. He married Mildred Dean Brock June 16, 1941. She preceded him in death Sept. 14, 2001.

Abercrombie was a director and one of the original organizers of Tamms State Bank (now Capaha Bank). He was the owner and operator of Abercrombie Abstract Co. in Cairo, Ill. He retired from GM&O Railroad where he had worked as a yard clerk.

He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force during World War II as a tail gunner in Europe.

Abercrombie was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a 32nd Degree Mason at Caledonia Lodge.

He is survived by a son, John R. Abercrombie Jr. of Cape Girardeau; a grandson, John Reid Abercrombie III of Jacksonville, Fla.; two granddaughters, Sarah Beth Abercrombie of St. Louis, Lindsay Abercrombie of Cape Girardeau; and a great-grandson, James Alexander Smoot of Cape Girardeau.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and a brother, Cyrille H. Abercrombie Jr.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Larry Buckles officiating. Burial will be in Jonesboro Cemetery.

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