COTTONDALE – James Early "J.E." Palmer, age 87, of Cottondale, Ala., died April 30, 2016, in Tuscaloosa. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Cottondale church of Christ with Doug Milligan, Clark Sims and Junior Latner officiating. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Olene Stough Palmer; father, Leamon Palmer; mother, Erma Smith Palmer; sister, Katie Inell Palmer; and sister, Edith Palmer Bippus.
Survivors include his daughters, Betty Palmer Barger (Paul) and Debbie Palmer Milligan (Doug); son, Barry Palmer (Christi) and grandchildren, Bryan Johnson, Bethany Sloan, Katie Harrison, Austin Milligan, Barrett Collins and Brady Palmer; and 6 great grandchildren.
J.E. was born in Fayette, Ala. in November 4, 1928. He married Olene Stough on April 24, 1947. They moved to Tuscaloosa and he worked at Central Foundry and Bryce Hospital. He served as a Deacon at Cottondale church of Christ.
He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was well-known and respected in the community and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Pallbearers will be Bryan Johnson, Austin Milligan, Brady Palmer, Paul Barger, John Sloan and Jordan Harrison. Junior pallbearers will be McCloud Sloan, Palmer Milligan and McCord Sloan.
Honorary pallbearers are former and current members of Cottondale Church of Christ, employees of Southland Restaurant and Clovis and Beulah Box.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on May 4, 2016.