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Garrett Funeral Home

460 North Main St., Waynesville, NC

OBITUARY

James "Mark" Palmer

May 30, 1927February 9, 2020
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James "Mark" Palmer, 92, of Waynesville NC passed away in his home February 9, 2020. He was born in Haywood County, the oldest son of James Elmer Palmer and Elizabeth Adeline Underwood Palmer, (both deceased) and brother to eight siblings: Pauline Wilson, (Deceased), Doris Jean Dotson, Hazel Henson, Geneva Moody and Betty Gilliland all of Waynesville, Patsy Gilliland and Tom Palmer of VA and George Palmer of CA. Mark remained on the family farm all of his life. He became a friend to many and support to his family only leaving once to serve in the US ARMY during WWII. He married Nellie Louise Muse (deceased) and two daughters, Bonnie Louise Palmer and Laura Jane Higgins,(deceased) were born. Mark worked at Dayco for 30 years retiring to continue developing the farm. He raised cattle and loved to garden, trade and ride horses. He was an avid supporter of the Cataloochee Valley Reunion where his father's family originated. He was a member of Elizabeth Chapel Methodist Church in Ratcliffe Cove. His family grew to include grandchildren, Amy Boozer, Ginger Webb, Louise Higgins, Jason Higgins, Jason Browning and Jake Webb and lots of great-grands and greatgreat- grands. "Papaw" set a wonderful example of prudence, hard work, independence and determination to live life to the fullest. Services include visitation at 1 PM followed by a funeral service at 2 PM and will be held at Garrett Funeral Home in Waynesville, NC Friday, February 14, 2020. He served on the Ratcliffe Cove Cemetery Committee for years and requested in lieu of flowers all donations be sent to support the cemetery. Mail checks Phyllis Ratcliffe payable to Ratcliffe Cove Cemetery Fund, 75 Keller Street, Waynesville, NC. 28786.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 14, 2020

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Marci Shelton

February 13, 2020

Bonnie & Ginger, I’m so very sorry for the loss of Mr. Palmer, my prayers are for peace and comfort durning these days ahead
Much love, Marci

Kathy McNamara Strickland

February 12, 2020

Dear Bonnie and family,
I have very fond memories of your dad, mom and you and Janie. I will never forget your grand parents and when my dad (Jim McNamara) would bring us to your dad's house we would go to your grand parents house for home-made biscuits with King Syrup in the big can. These are memories I have cherished for many years. Please know your are in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult times. Kathy McNamara Strickland

Kim Rountree

February 12, 2020

The first time I met Mr. Palmer I felt like I was talking to one of my uncles. Though my family hails from Tennessee, his voice, mannerisms , and opinions reminded me of "home." I instantly understood why his daughter, Bonnie, and I became instant and lifetime friends. We shared a familial culture of values. Mr. Mark is from a generation that many today can't understand; very few can aspire to. I'm so blessed to have met him, and consider his daughter, a part of his legacy, my closest friend.
May he rest his peace. We will remember him always.

Harry Galloway

February 12, 2020

To the family I always like Mr. Palmer he was always very kind to me and done a lot for his family and the community, I also remember MS, Nellie she was one of my favorite people seem to always to have a smile and something positive to say. Two wonderful people that I will always remember.
Harry Galloway

Janice Cochran

February 12, 2020

We were so sorry to see where our friend passed away. He traveled many miles with Buddy going to horse sales and out trading. He will be missed .

Bob Milner

February 11, 2020

I was raised in Ratcliffe Cove and have known Mr. Palmer most of my life. He was a very nice man. My condolences to the family.

Lindsey Boozer

February 11, 2020

My condolences to the entire family and especially my daughter-in-law, Amy He left a great legacy and his influence lives on. God bless him and the entire family. Dale Boozer

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