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Real estate giant Abb Jeffcoat dies

Sep 9, 2011 11:00:00 AM - thestate.com
Abb Jeffcoat, a partner in the largest real estate firm based in the Midlands, has died, his office confirmed this morning.

Jeffcoat joined partner Bob Russell in the early 1960s in Russell’s start-up real estate firm. The two spent the next nearly half a century building Russell & Jeffcoat into a leader in the Columbia market, reaching 14 offices and a sales force of nearly 600 four years ago.

The two also were close friends – “like brothers” they once said -- and their lives, in part, were defined by each other. In fact when the March of Dimes went to honor its Realtor of the Year in 2007, it couldn’t choose just one. They were a package deal.

Jeffcoat was personable businessman who plugged away day-to-day and got the work done. Russell, on the other hand, is an avid goal setter.

“He sets a goal and I accomplish it for both of us,” Jeffcoat said in a 2007 interview, as both men laughed.

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