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Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

3926 Devine St, Columbia, SC

OBITUARY

Thomas Carlton Palmer

July 7, 1928October 10, 2019
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COLUMBIA - A funeral service for Thomas Carlton Palmer, 91, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2019 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Palmer died Thursday, October 10, 2019. Born July 7, 1928 in Clarks Summit, PA, he was the son of the late Frank and Gladys Palmer.

Thomas served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He retired was Lieutenant Colonel. He received many awards and medals including the Bronze Star with "V" device and oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal with bronze star, WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), National Defense Medal with bronze star, Korea Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with silver star, United Nations Korean Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and The Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. Thomas was an Elder of his church in California at the Irvine First Evangelical Church.

Thomas was a very giving person, who always put other first and had immense loved life. He was loved by all and will be deeply missed.

Surviving are his wife, Janice Palmer; daughter. Sharon Choe; son, Peter Choe; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Eckersley and Jean Mays; and brothers, Jack Palmer and Steuart Bailey.

Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 14, 2019

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STEUART BAILEY

October 22, 2019

TO THE FAMILY OF OUR BROTHER, WE OFFER OUR DEEPEST
SYMPATHYS IN HIS PASSING. WE LOVED HIM AND WILL MISS HIM DEARLY. TO HIS WIFE JANICE, HAVE HOPE & PEACE
KNOWING YOU WERE A GREAT COMPANION & WIFE DURING
YOUR YEARS TOGETHER. ALWAYS REMEMBER, GOD LOVES
YOU AND SO DO WE.
"FAITH-HOPE-LOVE" ---------- SANDRA & STEUART

Carol Chin

October 16, 2019

I interestingly referred to Uncle Tom as “my young man”. It would always make him grin and chuckle. Growing up he always had a firm strong confident stance about him. He had a way of keeping you on your toes. As a kid he always knew how to make you feel important and that he cared in simple ways. I sure miss you my young man...i love you so so much. Thank you for who you are and all the love you showed.

Kenneth Palmer

October 13, 2019

As I was A little bambino (just 3 years old) when Uncle Tom and his family visited us in Italy, my first memory of Uncle Tom was in 1985. My family and I were transferring from Mather AFB in Sacramento California to Dyess AFB in Abilene Texas. While spending time on the way with my wife’s folks, I contacted Uncle Tom at a phone number my father, John Palmer, had asked me to try and reach. We talked for a short time but it was a cordial conversation. Finally got to meet Uncle Tom and Aunt Janice after I retired from the Air Force. They attended a surprise 25th wedding anniversary party for us at our house in Moreno Valley California put on by our kids. My only regret is not taking more time to visit with him. As my brother said another of the GREATEST GENERATION gone to soon. 🇺🇸🇺🇸SOAR HIGH WITH THE ANGELS🇺🇸🇺🇸

david palmer

October 11, 2019

So happy that I was able to see and visit with Uncle Tom and Aunt Janice in September, with my dad- Tom's brother "Jack". My memories are of Uncle Tom and his family visiting us in Italy in the 1960s, when dad and mom were stationed at Aviano AB, Italy and Uncle Tom and family were stationed in Germany. Sadly, another loss of the Greatest Generation and a REAL warrior.

Carol Mays Dillard

October 11, 2019

My Uncle Tom was very dear to me. He was my mother's brother. I remember as a little girl in the 1950's that he and his wife would come visit us on our rural KY farm for Thanksgiving. We lost contact over the years, but reconnected a few years ago and talked via phone. My heart is sad at his passing, and for Aunt Janice and their family, but it is joyous that his suffering is over. May Uncle Tom rest in peace.

The picture was taken in 2018. Uncle Tom Palmer on the left, his brother Steuart Bailey, his sister Helen Palmer Eckersley, his brother John Palmer. Absent from the picture was his other sister, my mother, Jeanne Palmer Mays.

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