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John Franklin Palmer Jr.

John Franklin Palmer Jr., 88, of Panhandle died Thursday, July 12, 2012.

Services were held Monday in Memorial Park East Mausoleum with Dennis Humphrey and Wylie Chaney officiating. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery with arrangements by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Amarillo.

Mr. Palmer was born Feb. 20, 1924, in Coffeyville, Kan., to John and Essie Palmer. He served in the Army during World War II and had worked at Pantex for 32 years, retiring as a fireman. He was a member of First Christian Church of Panhandle and had been deacon at Calvary Baptist Church. He enjoyed going to the men’s prayer breakfast and making any repairs on the church facility. He married Maria Wolf on Jan. 2, 2003, in Panhandle.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lorena Isabel Palmer; a son, Gary Don Palmer; a sister, Edna Lucille Tillman; a brother, James Arnold Palmer; and a sister, Opal Lee Sacks.

Survivors include his wife, Maria Palmer of Panhandle; two daughters, Mamie Stimpson and husband Terry of Cape Coral, Fla., and Sherrie Hibbs and husband Donnie of Panhandle; his twin brother, Leon Palmer of Amarillo; a sister, Mary Burton of Amarillo; two brothers, Jack E. Wardlow II and Roy F. Wardlow, both of Shamrock; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Alzheimer’s Association, 1400 Wallace Blvd., Amarillo, TX 79106.

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