February 1, 2014

James Buford Palmer

— James Buford Palmer, 70, of Sautee, passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at his residence following an extended illness.

Mr. Palmer was born Feb. 7, 1943, in Dalton to the late George E. and Ruby Wofford Palmer.

He was a member of Cleveland First Baptist Church, worked for Harris Construction and was preceded in death by his wives, Patricia Williams Palmer, Billie Marie Palmer; brothers, Dewey Erwin Palmer, Hoyt Conley Palmer, Mack Allen Palmer; sisters, Jeanette Palmer Manis, Carolyn Joyce Wagner.

Mr. Palmer loved his wife and his family. He was a Christian and he lived it, God was the center of his life and he loved singing and praising his name.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Palmer, Sautee; stepchildren, Mary Workman, Gastonia, N.C.,  John Lingle, Cleveland, Elizabeth Olinger, Suwanee;  sister, Evelyn Wynell Hays, Chattanooga; sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley and John Hamblin, Leesburg, Fla.; Mary Lou and Dick Bell, Alpharetta; grandchildren, Joshua Workman, James Workman, Matthew Lingle, Caitlyn Lingle, Timothy Lingle, Caden Olinger, Garrett Olinger; great-grandson, Brayden Workman; special nieces, Tammy Whitmire, Sharon Palmer, Vickie Palmer, Sherry Palmer, Karen Manis; special nephew, Lee Murphree and many other cousins.

Services are Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Cleveland First Baptist Church. Dr. T. Mike Davis and the Rev. Dennis Turner will officiate.

Interment will be at Yonah View Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Palmer will be at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home in memory of Ruby Palmer, P.O. Box 329, Palmetto, GA 30268 or Cleveland First Baptist Church General Fund, P.O. Box 250, Cleveland, GA 30528.

Online condolences can be made to the family at barrettfh.com.

Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.