Eugene “Gene” Harwell Palmer Jr. of St. Simons Island, Ga., beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on June 10, 2018, in his home after a lengthy illness.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Kathryn (Kathy) Lokey Palmer.
His devotion to his family, his wit, and his intellect will be missed by many including his sons, Dr. Eugene Harwell Palmer III (Cathey) of Pinehurst, N.C., and Benjamin Malone Palmer (Kay) of Atlanta; and daughter, Kathryn Palmer Tison (Perry) of Blackshear. He will especially be missed by his grandchildren, Joshua Palmer, Laura Cahoy, Sarah Palmer Smith and Carlin Palmer, Ben Jr. and Matt Palmer, and Ansley Tison Northcutt and Trey Tison; and great-grandchildren, Colin and Kathryn Smith and Sarah Kathryn Northcutt, who affectionately called him “Pop.” Also still surviving is his brother, John Augustus Palmer, of St. Simons Island.
Gene was born on Aug. 10, 1934, in Brunswick, Ga., to the late Eugene Harwell Palmer Sr. and Elizabeth Malone Palmer, where he attended Glynn Academy and graduated with honors, from Georgia Institute of Technology, in 1956. After college, Gene served in the U. S. Army in Huntsville, Ala., assisting in the development of the Redstone rocket, and started his business career as an industrial engineer with Blue Bird Bus Co. He later held various management positions in Alabama and North Carolina with Vanity Fair and Hanes before returning to St. Simons Island with his family in 1971 to care for his brother. Thereafter, Gene established Palmer & Associates, a sales representative within the southeast United States for various industrial pumps and mixer manufacturers.
Gene was an active member of Christ Church Frederica, and an avid golfer, hunter and firearm collector.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018, at Christ Church Frederica with a reception to follow immediately in the parish hall. Prior to the memorial service, a private family interment service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Altar Guild, Christ Church Frederica, in memory of Eugene and Kathy Palmer, Christ Church Frederica, 6329 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.
Arrangements are entrusted into the care of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home, www.edomillerandsons.com.