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Elliot D. Abel

Memphis, TN

Elliot D. Abel, founder and owner of Tobacco Corner Ltd. and affectionately known as the Tobacconist of the Mid-South, died Tuesday, January 31, 2017, in his adopted hometown of Memphis, TN, from complications associated with Dementia.

Elliot was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the only son of Ivy and Maurice Abel. He served a year in the United States Army prior to beginning his employment as a traveling salesman in the women's apparel industry. In 1969 Elliot listened to his wife Sandra, followed his passion, and settled into a new career when he opened the original Tobacco Corner Ltd. on Highland Ave., thus turning his pipe smoking hobby into a Memphis institution. Tobacco Corner offered the first walk-in cigar humidor in Memphis and quickly became a popular hangout for pipe and cigar smokers. Through the years, he expanded to 4 stores; today, one location remains at the corner of Poplar and Mendenhall.

He was a proud supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, the Special Olympics and University of Memphis Tiger Athletics.

Elliot was preceded in death by his eldest son, Mitchell David. He is survived by Sandra (Lehman), his wife of 53 years; 3 children, Jeff (Laurie) of Memphis, TN, Brad (Lauren) of St. Louis, MO and Jennifer Abel Ferguson (Randy) of Nashville, TN; and his 4 grandchildren, Makale, Alexa, Charlotte and Levi.

Funeral services will be today, February 2nd at 1:00 p.m. at Anshei Sphard Cemetery.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Feb. 2, 2017
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