Athens Review, Athens, Texas


March 31, 2014

Rev. Richard Palmer

Athens — LARUE-Services for Rev. Richard Lee Palmer, 82, LaRue, are scheduled for 3:00 P.M. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Athens with Rev. Edwin McDaniel, Rev. Everett McCollum and Dr. Faulk Landrum officiating.

Burial will follow in LaRue Cemetery under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.

Rev. Palmer died March 29, 2014 in the home of his daughter.

He was born March 12, 1932 in LaRue to the late Jessie William and Dora Catherine Richardson Palmer.

Following graduation from LaPoynor High School in 1950, Richard began working as a carpenter learning the construction trade. He later served as General Superintendent for multiple construction firms before organizing his own company. Shortly after building new homes for each of his children, he retired from construction in1998.

In 1976 Rev. Palmer was asked to fill the pulpit for a minister who was ill. Since that first Sunday, he has served Wesley United Methodist Church and Crescent Heights United Methodist Church in Athens. His love and compassion for people extended far beyond his Sunday pulpits. He was gifted with ministering to those in nursing homes, hospitals and the home bound, regardless of their denominational preference.

Rev. Palmer formerly served on th LaPoynor ISD School Board and always was an avid supporter of all LaPoynor athletics.

Richard was very involved in his grandsons lives, teaching them his knowledge of carpentry, plumbing, gardening, raising cattle and how to be a good steward of the land.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, J.W. Palmer, Robert Andy Palmer, sisters, Addie Mae Holcomb, Elsie Fay Lindsey, Betty Catherine Trent, his first wife Mary Carol Palmer and infant daughter Sharon Lynn Palmer.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Mary Palmer, son Richard Carey Palmer and wife Debbie, daughter, Pamala Lee Solis and husband Ignacio, all of LaRue, grandsons, Jacob Palmer, Landon Palmer, Zachary Lee Solis, Caleb William Solis.

Pallbearers are Jacob Carey Palmer, Zachary Lee Solis, Larry Holcomb, Michael Holcomb, Ronald Hardy, Tommy Little.

Honorary pallbearers will be Marvin Holcomb, Shorty Holcomb and Ronnie Holcomb.

If desired memorials may be made to Crescent Heights United Methodist Church 13497 FM 2970 Athens, Texas 75751 or Wesley United Methodist Church 3606 FM 753 Athens, Texas 75751.

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