James "Jimmy" A Palmer

Born in Springfield, Tennessee on December 30, 1938

Departed on December 6, 2015 and resided in Springfield, Tennessee

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James “Jimmy” A. Palmer, age 76 of Springfield, passed away on December 6, 2015 at his home.

Mr. Palmer was born on December 30, 1938 to the late Jack and Ada Palmer.

A lifelong resident of Springfield, he was a member of Springfield Baptist Church for over 45 years and served as an usher, worked for Holman & Holman Insurance for 45 years and served as president from 1975-2011, was a member of Tennessee/Kentucky Threshermen’s Association, the Tobacco Belt Region Car Club, the Bell Witch Opry, NSRA, Good Guys, member of the Bountymen and Reunion of Professional Entertainers.

Mr. Palmer loved music and was an avid fiddle and bass player, having played with entertainers such as David Frizzell, Jimmy Fortune, Earl White, Charlie Collins, Benny Martin, Martha Carson, and John Hartford throughout his musical career; and also was the bass player on the Carl and Sophie Tipton Show.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Palmer is preceded in death by his half-brother, Douglas Palmer, half-sister, Louise Hart, and nephew, Buddy Palmer.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Robbye Palmer; sons, John Marc Palmer and David (Alice) Palmer, and grandson James Elijah Palmer.

A Life Celebration will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 12:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Springfield Funeral Home, with Dr. James Dean and Martin Babb officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Ronnie Wix, David Bellar, Jerry West, Jim Campbell, David Mitchell, Kevin Phelan, and Paul Lindsey. Honorary pallbearers will be the Ushers of Springfield Baptist Church and the Men’s Sunday School Class. The family will have a private interment following the service. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 4-7pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of Flowers donations can be made to the Springfield Baptist Church, 400 N. Main Street, Springfield, Tennessee 37172.

Arrangements entrusted to Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 4005 Memorial Blvd, Springfield, Tennessee 37172- 615

13 Comments to Mr. James "Jimmy" A Palmer

  1. Bill Richards says:

    So sorry for loss to your family. Sad to lose a long time professional and member of the Professional Agents of TN Association.
    Thanks for the life contribution to our noble profession.

  2. Willie and Helga McKee says:

    Jimmy was an awesome Musician and also a very good friend, I had the pleasure to have played music with him on different occasions and he came by and sat in with my band a few times, he was truly a good friend that will be missed by many,may you rest in Peace Jimmy !

  3. Paul Raymond Poole says:

    All my thoughts and prayers are with you guys. If you need anything in this time of sorrow please let me know. I know you guys have your hands full at a time like this, but I will be getting in touch with you when things settle down a bit. God be with you and all my love.

  4. Jo (Browning) Brown says:

    Robbye, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  5. Cathy Powell Wood says:

    So sorry for your loss. Jimmy and my Mother (Marie Gregory Powell) were cousins. I remember Jimmy fondly, growing up and visting with all the Palmer family. Prayers for you and your family.

  6. Dale (Palmer) Fuston says:

    So sorry for your loss, I always thought a lot of Jimmy and the family. Loved seeing him at parade time with his cars.
    He will be missed greatly.

  7. Pat Leding says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Jimmy and my Mom and Dad did business together for many years together! Jimmy will surely be missed. Praying for you and your family at this time.

  8. Jerry & Joy Lassiter Sircy & Family says:

    Robbye, John & David; We are shocked and so very sorry . We won’t be able to make it to see you. The Lupus and MS has me homebound and have just finished a month long virus, and then two weeks of stomach virus. Hardly only place I go anymore is doctors and to eat afterwards sometimes, Our daughter-in law, Kristie, Matt’s wife, is having a hysterectomy on Thursday in Franklin, TN where her doctors are at. Today Jerry had to take her there to pre-register and testing for Matt. You know how business is for Matt. I won’t go but will try to help Matt with Millie tonight .All of you are in our thoughts & prayers since Monday when we heard. That’s where you will stay for a long time. May the good Lord bless you. Give me a call any time you are in need of someone to just listen. ALL OF OUR LOVE.

  9. Austin & Joyce Pate says:

    Jimmy was such a wonderful person. In our close to 50 year friendship, I never heard a word against him. His family are also wonderful people. Jimmy will be missed by many people.
    Also, we had such fun together playing in bands. He was always on top of the songs. Fun to kid each other back and forth.
    Jimmy was a great example for his two sons and they, now grown, live by his example.
    Also, Jimmy often talked about how Robbye always supported him.
    Joyce and I are deeply saddened with the loss of our friend Jimmy.

  10. Carol Carter Ramsey says:

    Robbye,John Marc and David I am so sorry for your loss. Jimmy will be missed by so many. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. R. O. P. E. International says:

    So sorry to learn of his death and send our prayers and condolences to his family. Enjoyed the times’ with him when he came to our events,
    The Folks in R.O.P.E. (Reunion of Professional Entertainers)
    Madison, Tennessee

  12. Nashville Musicians Association says:

    So sorry to learn of the passing of Jimmy Palmer. Our condolences to friends and family.

    Dave Pomeroy
    President, AFM Local 257

  13. Earl and Joyce Kirby says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. We enjoyed seeing and talking to the dear Palmer family at all the car shows.

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