Arthur Randolph Palmer

January 16, 2010


Arthur Randolph Palmer passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at East Carolina Heart Institute- Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Art was born on July 29, 1936 under a big magnolia tree on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh , NC. His parents were Oren Alston Palmer, Sr. and Lillie May Way Palmer.

He attended Fred A. Olds Elementary School, Needham B. Broughton High School and graduated from Wake Forest University in 1958.

As a teenager, Art worked on the NC State College Farm and had a newspaper route for the News and Observer with over 200 customers. Upon graduation from Wake University he attended Navy Officer Candidate School and was released from Active duty in 1961 as a Lt. Jr. Grade.

Mr. Palmer‚??s first career was in the Hospitality industry in Raleigh, where he worked for J.W. York & Company from 1967 until 1991. His second career was a Sales representative for The Buying Office in Atlanta, Ga. After retiring he worked with Kenyon Bailey Garden Supply in Elizabeth City, NC and with Ace Hardware in Ahoskie, NC.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Annette Baker Palmer and her two sisters and their families. He is also survived by a brother, Oren Alston Palmer, Jr and wife Maxine, a sister, Eleanor Palmer Maness, two daughters; Elizabeth Randolph Palmer and Pamela Hughes, a son; Lynn Palmer and three grandchildren.

A Memorial service will be held on Friday, January 22, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Harrellsville Baptist Church.

Garrett-Jones Funeral Home in Ahoskie is serving the Palmer family.

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Virginia Ebner Talacek (aka Virginia Fletcher)
11 years ago

I am sorry this is so late, but I just heard. I had the pleasure of working with ‘Mr. Palmer and Debbie at Mission Valley Inn in Raleigh, NC. To this day I still use the things he taught me about customer service and integrity in all my business associations. If ever a person was assured of eternal peace for his goodness to others it was him. My prayers are with his family.


Cheryl Karpen
13 years ago

Art made us laught and laugh, and laugh again. His wit and humor was a precious gift to all of those who crossed his path whether a friend or client. I was honored to have Art represented my product line. He will be sorely missed.

Jerri Lynn Britt
14 years ago


Ricky, Lee and I were so saddened to hear about Art. Please know that you have been in our thoughts and prayers over the past week. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. We love you!

William Lewis Sanders
14 years ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you during your hours of bereavement. I worked with Mr. Palmer at the Velvet Cloak in Raleigh for years. May God continue to Bless each of you.

Barbara (Scott) Stearns-Cochran
14 years ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He had a great life and lived it to the fullest. He will now be looking over us. We will miss him at our 60th high school reunion.


Susan Brinkley
14 years ago

Debra, We are so sorry to hear about your husband, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. You have our deepest sympathies.

Susan and Doug Brinkley

Gail Walker
14 years ago

You r in our prays,and belive that God and family and friends will help u in this dark time,u will see the light again. love u Gail@ Lin Walker

Priscilla Gibson
14 years ago

I am so sorry to hear about your Husband. Please let me know if there is any thing I can do for you. My prayes are with you at this time.

Eddie Harrington
14 years ago

I was very sadden to hear about Arthur. He was a good man & friend whom I will always remember. I’ve known him for years & have enjoyed working with him. He will be greatly missed. My prayers go out to his wife Deborah and his family. May God be with you through this tough time.

Eddie Harrington

Walt Dennis
14 years ago

I will always miss “Fuzzy”. His personality and attitude was unsurpassed.