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CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Harry W. Palmer Sr., 97, of Charleston West Virginia, passed away Sept. 3, 2017.
He was born Dec. 18, 1919, in Marathon, to Ruth and Fred Palmer, the oldest of two sons.
He graduated from Marathon High School in June 1937 and from Houghton College in Houghton in June 1941.
He married Pearl Burleigh (a college classmate) on Sept. 2, 1942, at the Burleigh home in Vernon.
Harry graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, in June 1945. Harry was first pastor at Union Baptist Church in Greensburg, Indiana, during his seminary time from November 1944 to June 1945.
In September 1945, Harry began preaching at Damariscotta, Maine, on a temporary basis. From February 1946 through January 1951, Harry was preacher in Baptist churches in Waterboro, East Waterboro, and Alfred, Maine. In January 1951, he moved the family to Masonville, where he became pastor of the Federated Church (Baptist and Presbyterian). The family was raised there. In 1960, Harry also became pastor of the Baptist Church in Trout Creek. From 1963 to 1976 he worked as part-time chaplain for Camp Brace Youth Opportunity Camp in Masonville.
He was active in many community activities including volunteer fire department (fire and ambulance), Boy Scouts, American Red Cross, Council of Churches, Community Chest, AARP 55 Alive Mature Driving Program and Franklin Baptist Association.
In May 1976, Harry became pastor of the Presbyterian churches in Ridgeview, Camp Creek, and Orgas, West Virginia. He retired from there May 1, 1985.
Harry was predeceased by his wife Pearl; daughter, Ruth; son, Mark; and brother, Howard.
He is survived by his son, Bill and wife, Lee Ellen (Frisco, Texas) and daughter, Nancy and husband, Jim Turley (Ridgeview, West Virginia). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jill Palmer Praisner (Todd) (Austin, Texas), Kelly Palmer (Frisco, Texas), Stephanie Palmer Bierman (Brad) (Frisco, Texas), Mark David Palmer (Dawn) (Canandaigua), Michael Palmer (Rachel) (Cohocton), Amy Turley Scott (Jason)(Knoxville, Tennessee), and JD Turley (Sabrina) (Charleston, West Virginia). Harry's adorable great-grandchildren are Mason, Zane and Clara Bierman; Quinton Palmer; Owen, Sheldon and Tristan Palmer; Ashby, Jaycee and Jamison Scott; and Audrey and Uriah Turley.
A memorial service was held Sept. 5, in Ashford, West Virginia.
A graveside service is planned for 2 p.m., Oct. 7, in Maple Grove Cemetery in Vernon.
Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Presbytery of West Virginia, 520 Second Ave., South Charleston, WV 25303, or National Peace Foundation, 666 Eleventh St. NW, Suite 202, Washington, DC 20001.
Published on October 4, 2017
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