Edmund Perry Palmer, Jr

Edmund Perry Palmer, Jr

Birth
Sumter, Sumter County, South Carolina, USA
Death 3 Feb 2010 (aged 74)
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
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Edmund Perry Palmer
(August 09, 1935 - February 03, 2010)
Date of Service: February 06, 2010

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Saturday at Francis Burns United Methodist Church, 5616 Farrow Road, Columbia, South Carolina, with entombment to follow in Palmetto Cemetery. Visitation is 6:00 PM Friday, February 5, 2010 at Palmer Memorial Chapel.
E. Perry Palmer, a Funeral Director, Businessman, devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to humanity passed on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at the Providence Northeast Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina. Born in Sumter, South Carolina on August 9, 1935, he was the third of four sons born to the late Edmund Perry and Ellie Naudin Dibble Palmer. Perry Palmer's parents instilled in him and his three brothers, (Robert John, James Dibble and Andrew Dibble Palmer) the ethic that, if you are blessed, you must serve your fellow man. With his quiet demeanor, always shunning the limelight, Perry Palmer has done just that. He was the President and Director of Palmer Memorial Chapel of Columbia. His successes as a businessman, philanthropist and humanitarian were intertwined with his devotion to mankind. His roots in his native state were deep and pervasive. His paternal grandfather, Robert John Palmer and maternal grandfather, Eugene Herriott Dibble served in the South Carolina Legislature during Reconstruction and he was a descendent of Bonds Conway, the first black citizen in Camden to buy his own freedom.
He prepared himself early for his life's work by shadowing in the footsteps of his late father, who was the first black Funeral Director and Embalmer in Sumter County. Perry was a graduate of Mather Academy in Camden, South Carolina, Monson Academy in Massachusetts, and North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. He completed his professional training at the American Academy of Funeral Service in New York. Perry was born into the funeral profession and was passionate about ensuring that professional standards of excellence were achieved and maintained.
Active in his church, he was a member of Wesley United where he served in numerous capacities throughout his years of service in Columbia. As a community servant, he personally sponsored Adopt-A-School programs, youth at Risk, Just "Say No" and other youth and adult recreation programs. He was provided scholarships for students including the Benjamin E. Mays Academy for Leadership Development and the South Carolina Small Minority Business Development Corporation.
E. Perry Palmer touched the lives of many as a philanthropist and humanitarian. In 1998, he received the United Way of the Midlands Humanitarian Award, the first African-American to receive the award since its inception in 1984. On July 7, 1999, the state of South Carolina presented the the "Order of the Silver Crescent", other awards included: Joint Concurrent Resolution from the South Carolina Senate and House of Representatives for his humanitarian efforts, induction into the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame, Lifetime Service Award from the Carolina Scholarships, Inc., the Vessel of Honor as a Sustaining Charter Donor from the National Council of Negro Women. Throughout the years, this gentle man served on numerous boards including: the Columbia Urban league, the Indian Waters Council of the Boy Scouts of America (Silver Beaver), the Palmetto Health Foundation, State Chamber of Commerce, United Way of the Midlands, First Citizens Bank, Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Benjamin E. Mays Academy for Leadership Development, James R. Clark Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, South Carolina Arts Commission, South Carolina State Museum Foundation, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia College Advisory Board, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School and past Chairman of the Board of Juvenile Corrections. E. Perry Palmer devoted his time and attention to serving the needs of the greater Columbia and surrounding areas. He aspired to address the needs of those less fortunate to the best of his ability in an effort to give back to the community.
Active in his profession, E. Perry was past President of the South Caroina Morticians Association, Secretary of the Board, Vice Chair and Chairman of the Board of Directors, District Governor of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, as well as President. In each position, he has endeavored to give leadership in every aspect of the funeral service profession. His efforts, earned many honors, including a citation from his former professional school, the American Academy of Funeral Service. He was a member of Sigma Psi Phi Fraternity (the Boule, Columbia Chapter) and a connecting Link of Links, Inc.
Perry was married to the love of his life Grace Justine Brooks Palmer formerly of Aiken, South Carolina. Their lives were blessed with two children, a son, Brooks Naudin Palmer and a daughter, Ema Pinn Palmer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife in (1984) and his three brothers, Andrew (1960), Robert John (1995), and James Dibble (2009).
Surviving are his two children, Brooks Naudin Palmer of the home and Ema Pinn Palmer Green and her husband Willietu of Columbia; six grandchildren: Adrian, C.J., Leo, Jamaurie, Yuri and Madisyn Grace; two nieces; Lorin Peri Palmer of Sumter and Vikki Laurence Palmer of Atlanta; a nephew, James Dibble Palmer, Jr.  and his wife Carrie of San Diego, California; two sisters-in-law, Theodis Palmer-McMahon and Rose Martin Palmer; a brother-in-law, Robert Brooks; a special sister, Marie Bradley and a host of other relatives and friends.    


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  • Created by: Geraldine Ingersoll
  • Added: 11 Aug 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 95157695
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edmund Perry Palmer, Jr (9 Aug 1935–3 Feb 2010), Find a Grave Memorial no. 95157695, citing Palmetto Cemetery, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Geraldine Ingersoll (contributor 47001778) .