John Franklin Palmer, Jr.-July 12, 2012

John Franklin Palmer, Jr., 88, of Panhandle died on July 12, 2012.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2012 at Memorial Park East Mausoleum with Dennis Humphrey and Wylie Chaney officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Palmer was born on February 20, 1924 in Coffeyville, Kansas to John and Essie Palmer. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and had worked at Pantex for thirty-two years retiring as a fireman. He was a member of First Christian Church of Panhandle and was past Deacon at Calvary Baptist Church. He enjoyed going to the men’s prayer breakfast and making any repairs on the church facility. He married Maria Wolf on January 2, 2003 in Panhandle.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Lorena Isabel Palmer, a son, Gary Don Palmer, a sister, Edna Lucille Tillman, a brother, James Arnold Palmer and a sister, Opal Lee Sacks.

Survivors include his wife, Maria Palmer of Panhandle; two daughters, Mamie Stimpson and husband Terry of Cape Corral, Florida and Sherrie Hibbs and husband Donnie of Panhandle; his twin brother, Leon Palmer of Amarillo; a sister, Mary Burton of Amarillo; two brothers, Jack E. Wardlow II and Roy F. Wardlow, both of Shamrock, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1400 Wallace Blvd., Amarillo, TX 79106.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

4 Responses to “John Franklin Palmer, Jr.-July 12, 2012”

  1. Jeff Kalka says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss. I have great memories of Johnny when I was growing up while we were helping my uncle build barbed wire fence. Johnny was the first person to show me what a wild onion was while we ate lunch out in the middle of the Johnson ranch. He would also help get me to Panhandle in his Chevy II Nova. I am blessed to know such a great man. Johnny loved the watermelons that we grew down at McLean and I believe he could eat one a day. Thanks to the family for such great memories.

  2. Missy says:

    to my PAPA!! may you be forever embraced in the arms of those you love you. Love your granddaughter Missy

  3. Doug Kalka says:

    A great man that I was blessed to know. Johnny would go fishing with us and he sure knew how to sneak up on those trout. Our thoughts and prayers are always with the family. Doug & Cheryl Kalka

  4. Jackie Hill says:

    Sherrie and family, I am so sorry to her about your dad. John was a very sweet man. He is the lucky one because he is with our lord. Our prayers are with you and your family. Jackie and Bunker

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