Raymond Louis Palmer, age 73 of Sevierville, born August 16, 1943 in Knoxville, TN to William Edward and Helen (Haire) Palmer, departed this life on Tuesday August 8, 2017 to abide eternally in the Heavenly Kingdom promised to all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Raymond graduated from Central High School and received a B.S. degree from the University of TN and spent his career with the Tennessee Valley Authority in Knoxville, TN. Since retirement, he enjoyed serving his church in various ways and has spent thousands of hours as a volunteer-in-park in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As a volunteer, he shared his interest in the natural and cultural history of the park with thousands of visitors over a sixteen year period. Raymond delighted in providing information leading hikes dealing with history, wildflowers, and other aspects associated with the diverse resources within the park. He also assisted in the park library which was the source of much of the information he willingly shared. He may be best remembered as portraying the first park superintendent who served in the 1930’s-1940’s. As such, he led the Memories Walk in the Festival of Christmas Past at Sugarlands Visitor Center for many years.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William David Palmer.
He is survived by his Sons: Raymond Aaron Palmer and his wife Monica, Grant Edward Palmer; Beloved grandchildren of whom much is capable and expected: Daniel, Joseph, Amanda, and Seth; Sisters: Carolyn Beeler, Betty Tindell; A host of dear nieces and nephews including special nephew, Jason Tindell, who with his mother Betty provided special care.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to “Friends of the Smokies” PO Box 1660, Kodak, TN 37764.
Funeral service 11AM Saturday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Kenny Tucker officiating. Interment will follow in Mattox Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4-8PM Friday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. Online condolences may be made at www.atchleyfuneralhome.com.