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Ray Palmer passed away on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born May 4, 1959 in Dawson to Allene Palmer and A.B. White. He attended Dawson Elementary School and Corsicana Elementary School. He continued his education at Corsicana until he entered the 10th grade. At that time, he went back to finish school and graduated from Dawson High School in 1979. Throughout his life, he held employment at K. Woolens Warehouse, Navarro College, H.E.B. and the Corsicana State Home.
Ray confessed his faith in Christ at an early age and joined 13th Avenue Church of Christ, under the leadership of Pastor W.D. Hines. Over the last couple of years of his life, he reunited and started serving in Sunday School and singing with the choir and make chorus. He took pride in sitting under the mentorship of Clyde Chambers, as he welcomed him with open arms, celebrated his spiritual Journey and encouraged him to be the man that God created him to be.
During his mid-life, he realized his calling and purpose to be a caregiver, and he made that his mission until his dying day. He enjoyed caring for people, gardening, handyman work, cooking and most of all, living and laughing.
He is preceded in death by his father, A.B. White; grandparents, Doretha Palmer and Lee Palmer; step-father, Hurbert Bonner; aunt, Mary Lou Risby; cousins, Shirlean and Marlyin Palmer; brother-in-law, Nathaniel Carter, Sr., and other aunts, uncles and cousins.
Ray is survived by his two daughters, Ashley Boyd (Tristan) of Dallas and Felicia Stewart of Grand Prairie; mother, Allene Palmer Bonner; one grandchild, Jordyn Dowell of Dallas; siblings, Darrell Palmer (Volanda,) Shirrell Jessie (Harold,) Angela Morris Davis (Boston,) and Shireal Carter all of Corsicana; aunts, Retha Hall of Dawson, Emma Palmer of Oak Cliff and Beathana Campbell (Allen) of Silver City. He is also survived by loving and caring friends of many years, Jeanette McDonald-Carroll and Virgina Morris; great nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Friday. Jan. 6, 2017 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.
Funeral services are set to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at 13th Avenue Christian Church in Corsicana. Pastor Clyde Chambers, eulogist and K.D. Davis officiating.
Arrangements made by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.
Published on January 5, 2017
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