James Reilly Palmer

January 9, 1937May 8, 2018

James Reilly (“Jim”) Palmer (Age 81), a life-long resident of Arlington, Virginia, passed peacefully in his sleep at his home on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. He was a graduate of Washington-Lee High School, Class of 1955, and The University of Virginia, Class of 1960, where he was a member of the Psi Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Virginia Knight Palmer, and five children: James Reilly Palmer Jr. (Belinda O’Neil), Laurie Palmer McManus (James Ferrare), Karla Lynn Palmer (Thomas Repke), Catherine Palmer Day (Matthew Day), and Adrienne Palmer Scribner (John Scribner); 15 grandchildren; and many dear family and friends. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018, at St. James Catholic Church, 905 Park Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia, at 1:00 PM. Interment will immediately follow at Columbia Gardens Cemetery, 3411 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22201. Visitation will be held at Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22203, on Sunday, April 13, 2018, from 4-7:00PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to: The Psi Chapter of Sigma Chi (in Memory of James Palmer, ’60), University of Virginia, Sigma Chi House, 608 Preston Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 (; or Virginia Athletics Foundation (in Memory of James Palmer, ’60), P.O. Box 400833, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904; or Fisher House Foundation (In Memory of James Palmer), 12300 Twinbrook Parkway, No. 410, Rockville, Maryland 20852 (


  • Virginia Knight Palmer, Wife


  • Visitation Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Monday, May 14, 2018

James Reilly Palmer

have a memory or condolence to add?

Brett Hitt

May 13, 2018

I have so many great memories, from passing him in the driveway as I went to work and he was returning from a late night card game , to his yearly xmas visits complete with vodka bottle wrapped in a trash bag! He was original in every way! I will miss him. Brett

Jeff Loeffler, Jonah Tawiah, Mucktar Renner, Luis Hernandes American Council on Education

May 10, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss. We have know Jim for over 25 years. He will surely be missed

Building Engineers at American Council on Education