Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp., Francis Eugene Palmer, Sr., 92, passed away October 28, 2019 at Bethany Woods in Albemarle, NC.
Francis was born November 28, 1926 in Albemarle, NC to the late Carl Leonard Palmer and Sally Hamilton Palmer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Cornell Crisco and second wife, Bertha B. Jordan. He was also preceded in death by his son, Francis E. Palmer, Jr.; two brothers, Carl L. Palmer, Jr. and Dwight E. Palmer; and granddaughter, Meria Palmer Carter.
He is survived by two daughters, Linda Smith (Stony) of Albemarle and Mary Hudson (Clyde) of Gaffney, SC; three sons, Mitchell E. Palmer (Jerrie) of Richfield, Randy Palmer (Hazel) of Albemarle, and Jeffrey Palmer (Barbara); daughter-in-law, Jane Palmer; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Francis volunteered during World War II in the U.S. Marine Corp in 1942 and had training at: Parris Island, SC, Camp Lejeune, NC, and Camp Pendleton, CA. From there to Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii and to the Mariana Islands in the North-Western Pacific Ocean. He served 4 years with an Honorable Discharge in 1946.
He enjoyed his retirement years by fishing, hunting and going to the mino pond, as well as sharing stories with his friends.
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