Herbert L. Abercrombie Jr., 86, died at home, surrounded by family, in Peachtree City, Georgia on January 13, 2019. He was the son of the late Frances Nichols and Herbert L. Abercrombie Sr. of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Jo Ann Roberson Abercrombie; two children, Cynthia Reed (Henry) of Asheville, North Carolina and Dennis Abercrombie (Stephanie) of Peachtree City, Georgia; four granddaughters, Schaefer Bell (Robert) of Olympia, Washington, Bailey Rogers (Matthew) of Roswell, Georgia, Molly Reed of Little Rock, Arkansas and Rachel Reed of Austin, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Hudson and Walker Bell and Madelyn and Emilia Rogers. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. In 1953, he was employed by Tennessee Valley Authority in the Division of Power Operations. Mr. Abercrombie was appointed Site Director at the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in 1986, retiring in 1988. After leaving TVA, he became a consultant in the nuclear industry and enjoyed traveling and golfing with his wife. One of his favorite hobbies was cycling, especially when participating in Cycle Oregon rides with thousands of other cyclists. He was an avid golfer for many years and enjoyed hiking in the mountains of Tennessee and Washington. Being with his family, especially his four granddaughters and great-grandchildren, brought him the most joy. Mr. Abercrombie was a member of Peachtree City United Methodist Church where he served as an usher. A Celebration of Life Service and Reception will be held on February 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Peachtree City United Methodist Church, 225 Robinson Road, Peachtree City, Georgia, with Rev. Sean Robinson officiating. Interment will be at Hamilton Memorial Gardens in Chattanooga at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Garden of Celebration at the Peachtree City United Methodist Church or to Wounded Warrior Family Support. Arrangements were made by Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home in Peachtree City, Georgia and Hamilton Memorial Gardens in Chattanooga, Tennessee
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February 5, 2019
I worked for Herb at TVA. I had great respect for him. He went on site at Sequoyah Nuclear plant when it was shut down for potential safety problems. I believe he was the person primarily responsible for addressing the potential safety issues that allowed the plant to restart. He was hard working and expected those working for him to work hard and do their best. I count it a privilege to have worked with him.
February 5, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. Sweet memories of playing with your daughter at her grandparents house. Prayers for you all. Susan Yates for the McClendon Family