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James Foster Cromer

June 17, 1934 ~ August 26, 2018 (age 84)
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James Foster Cromer, Jr. a resident of Columbus, GA since 1991. He was born in Portsmouth, VA, June 17, 1934 and lived from childhood through college in Ocala, Florida. James had degrees from The University of Florida, Technologico de Monterrey, Mexico, and Montana State University, Billings. He died on August 26, 2018 at the age of 84.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Foster Cromer, Sr. and his wife, Hellon Virginia (Sutton) Cromer. James is survived by his devoted wife, Patricia Pellum Cromer, originally from Stark, Florida; their two lovely daughters, Martha (Stephen) Bartenhagen and Catherine (Frank) Rickerl of Iowa; his special grandchildren total five; Clarence, Patrick, and Virginia Bartenhagen and Cecilia and James Rickerl.  James is also survived by his younger sister, Mary Ann Cromer, a retired pediatrician in the Boston.

  Before coming to Columbus, Jim was a teacher of English, Spanish, and a guidance counselor. He was a bilingual school psychologist for MCSD.  He thoroughly enjoyed his trips to Mexico.  Jim was an avid singles and doubles tennis player and won many trophies. His unique personality and special sense of humor will be sorely missed by all who have known him. He was a member of the Starke Methodist Church.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 31, 2018 at 2:00 PM EST at Vance-Brooks Funeral home, 4048 Macon Road, Columbus, GA 31907.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Valley Rescue Mission, 01-B 30th Street

Columbus, GA 31904.



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