Carletha Ransome "Ran" Palmer, a retired educator, departed this life on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 in Sentara Regional Medical Center in Williamsburg, Virginia ten days before her 90th birthday. Her life began on November 30, 1922. A native of Crew, Virginia, Carletha, was one of nine children born to the late Leola Mae and David James Ransome.
Growing up in Crew, Carletha Ransome attended Blue Stone High School in Keysville. She attended Virginia Union University in Richmond, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and education. She was awarded a master's degree in education by Columbia University in New York City.
Mrs. Palmer enjoyed a distinguished career in education as an employee of the Williamsburg-James City County school system. She taught English for 30 years which included teaching assignments at Bruton Heights (prior to the integration of the public schools) and James Blair (post integration). She ultimately left her English classroom to become a visiting teacher, serving the district in that capacity for eleven years. After 41 years of dedicated service to the students and their families of this community, Mrs. Palmer retired in 1980. Cognizant of the personal and societal benefits of a quality education, she remained steadfast in her commitment to ensure that all children received a quality education until she died.
When she settled in Williamsburg, Mrs. Palmer joined First Baptist Church of Williamsburg. She was a faithful member until illness forced her to reduce her involvement in church activities. In addition, Mrs. Palmer was actively involved in several community organizations including the 4H Club, Le Cercle Charmant, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Carletha Ransome married Shade Joseph Palmer of Hallsboro, North Carolina on January 2, 1965. Ran and Shade shared 47 wonderful years together. Ran's hobbies included bowling, dancing, entertaining, playing cards (Pinochle), playing the piano, reading, and traveling with her husband and friends.
She leaves to cherish her memory and celebrate her life: her beloved husband, Shade J. Palmer; her brother, David Ransome, Baltimore, MD; three sisters in law, Bessie Ransome, Burkeville, VA, Shirley Ransome, Baltimore, MD and Titia Boone, Hallsboro, NC; and a host of loving nieces, nephews and friends.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm, Monday, November 26 at First Baptist Church at 727 Scotland St., Williamsburg. The home going service will be at 1 pm on Tuesday, November 27 also at First Baptist Church with visitation one hour prior. Professional services entrusted to the staff of Whiting's Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, VA. 23188, (757)229-3011.