Dr. Jack Roles Palmer

November 9, 1924March 4, 2013

Jack Roles Palmer, DVM, MS, MD, age 88, died on March 4, 2013 at his home in Athens following a period of declining health. Dr Palmer was born in Camilla, Georgia, the only son of the late Jesse Claud and Margaret Roles Palmer. Upon graduation from Camilla High School in 1941 he followed in his father’s footsteps and entered Gordon Military College. In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a member of Patton’s Third Army in the European Theatre of Operations. While serving in Germany at the conclusion of hostilities, he developed a fondness for the German people that carried through the rest of his life. On his own he learned to speak German, visited Germany multiple times on vacation, and became close friends and maintained contact with German Naval Officers attending logistics training at the Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, GA. Upon discharge from military service in May 1946, he was admitted into the first class of the University of Georgia’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Soon after classes began, he and a group of fellow students started a weekly tradition of square-dances at Hardman Hall that were extremely popular and open to all students. Not only was he the group’s organizer but the lead accordion player as well. While attending the University, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, a charter member of Omega Tau Sigma Fraternity, the Blue Key Honorary Society, and the Gridiron Secret Society. He was also a member of the Athens Rotary Club and the First United Methodist Church. After graduation, he accepted a position on the Faculty teaching small-animal surgery where he remained until 1956 when he entered the Medical College of Georgia. Upon completion of medical studies, Dr Palmer interned at Athens General Hospital. He was one of 33 physicians in the local area when he began practicing in 1961 as a Family Physician. He retired from full-time practice in 1994 after which he continued to work on a part-time basis for Saint Mary’s Hospital. Until recently he had maintained both his DVM and MD licenses. Dr Palmer had a life-long passion for learning. He enjoyed reading on a wide range of topics. Always eager to develop new skills, he learned to make knives and work leather. He developed a reputation for his craftsmanship in designing scabbards and handles for the knives he designed. The belts and wallets he tooled are prized possessions of his many friends. Dr. Palmer was preceded in death by his son, Jack Roles Palmer, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Jean Boyd Palmer, his daughter, Mrs. Betty Palmer Doyle (John), and his grandson, John W. Doyle, all of Athens, GA. A reception and visitation will be held 1:30, Thursday, March 7 followed by the funeral service at 3:00 at the Athens First United Methodist Church with burial in the Oconee Hills Cemetery. Request that flowers be omitted and donations sent to the church or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be offered at Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 7, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, March 7, 2013

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Tom Dohrmann

March 14, 2013


March 10, 2013

I was deeply saddened when I received your E-Mail telling me of Jacks death. We were recently corresponding by E-Mail and getting up to date on our lives since graduating Camilla Consolidated high school in 1941 I last saw Jack at one of our high school reunions. I wish to take this opportunity to express my condolences to his family and to wish Jean the very best. Sincerely "Bobby" Bush

Vincent Maffei

March 10, 2013

I had the honor and the priviledge of knowing and working with Jack. This was certainly a life well lived. He will be missed and remembered.

Farris Johnson

March 9, 2013

I will truly miss my dear friend and colleague Jack. Jack was always ready with a hug, a smile and a funny story. Athens is a far better place because Jack was here. Heaven is a better place because Jack is there.

Cassie Miller

March 8, 2013

My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Dr Palmer has treated 3 generations in my family. Starting with my granny then my mom and then me. He was such a caring and compassionate Dr. I remember one incident where I needed shots and he came in and told me that he wouldn't be giving them to me because he didn't want me mad at him. He was so sweet and I would have taken my babies to him if he would have still been in practice. I was never afraid of going to the dr because I knew he wouldn't hurt me and as a child that says alot. May you keep his caring and compassionate spirit with you always!! he will be missed #1Doctorbyfar!!
R.I.P Dr Palmer
Cassie Miller &
Margie (plantation Buffett)

Bernstein Funeral Home

March 8, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Loran Myers

March 8, 2013

Please accept my deepest heartfelt sympathy in your loss. It was only few weeks ago, I had visited Dr. Palmer and Jean. I remembered all of us were having such enjoyable conversations. I did not know about his passing until today. May God bless all of you ( Jean, BJ, John & John W.).
Gosh, I am going to miss him.
Loran Myers

John William Doyle

March 8, 2013

Datch, I am glad that you are now at peace and with some great family! You were the most important person in my life, as well as Nana's and My Mom's. We will all see you one day soon! I love you and will never forget what you have taught me these past 27 years. - Your Grandson

Joe Quade

March 7, 2013

The world has losta great YOUNG man. I always thinkof Jack as young since I first met him 70 years ago at Camp
Fannin in Texas where we were taking Army basic training. We became good buddies there and also at MIT. Our paths did not cross after the war until about 5years ago when I visited him in Athens. He will be sorely missed. Joe Quade Montville New Jersey

Al Henderson

March 7, 2013

Betty & Ms. Palmer:
Thinking of you in your loss of Dr. Palmer.