Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sanford H. Palmer My Dad, Attorney, Brother, Son, WWII Veteran and Christian

My dad's mother, Grandma Palmer, had a plaque on her wall  I found when I was moving in my twenties.  I found it at a time I was feeling a little low and needed encouragement.
It's on my wall now beside a cross and a picture of a sunset that says, Shalom.

"Only one life will soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last."Philippians 1:21

I think my dad lived a life of service to others, his family and God.  He was not prideful even though he had many accomplishments.  He even tried a case on the Supreme Court in Washington D. C.  He took us kids to church every Sunday and made sure we all three got a college education.  He encouraged me to go back to school to get my Masters in education and paid for it all.  He was a devoted husband who drove his wife to see her mom in Oklahoma City once a month to check on her for over ten years.  He never complained but knew it was the right thing to do and it pleased my mom.   He taught Sunday School for many years.  I saw him research his lessons with 3 translations and commentaries from the Bible.  He was a seeker of the truth and enjoyed researching topics.  Sometimes I came home and there was a Bible Study in our living room.  I found out later his mother's side of the family, the Kempers, started Hopewell  Methodist Church in Ohio.
So I feel grateful I was raised with a dad who thought it was important to go to church every Sunday and taught me what it meant to be a Christian.  He wasn't perfect but he wanted to follow Jesus and set a good example in his life.

Fort Worth  Obituary
Sanford H Palmer, 86, a retired attorney, passed away Tuesday, Jan 8, 2002, a day before his 87th birthday.
Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Friday in Greenwood Chapel. Dr. JW Sellers and Verne Fuqua will officiate.  Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park.
Memorials:University United Methodist Church, 2416 W. Berry, Fort Worth, Texas 76110
Pallbearers:Don Short, Howard Wilson, Weldon Johnson, John F. White, Roy Ince and Dan L. Stricklin Jr.

Sanford Palmer was born Jan. 9, 1915, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to Harry Palmer and Addie Kemper Palmer.
Mr. Palmer received a bachelor of science degree from Oklahoma City University and juris doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma, where he was a 60-year member of the Oklahoma University Alumni.  He was also a member of the Federal Bar Association and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

He married the former Miss Sue Hon in Oklahoma City in 1949, and they moved to Birmingham, Alabama where he began his career as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division.  After working there for 10 years, they moved to Fort Worth, where he worked for the National Labor Relations Board as a supervising attorney for 25 years until his retirement in 1981.  After his retirement, he enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.

Mr. Palmer was a World War II veteran, serving four years in Australia with United States naval intelligence and was discharged with the rank of chief specialist A CR T U. S. Naval Reserve.  He was a life member of VFW Post 8911, Fort Worth.  He was a member of the University United Methodist Church for 43 years, where he was a member of the Methodist Men and the New Covenant Sunday School Class.  He also served as Sunday school teacher in several classes. He will be missed by his family and many friends and neighbors.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Don C. Palmer of Sacramento, California.

Survivor: Wife, Sue Palmer; sons, Martin Sanford Palmer of Austin and Maxwell A. Palmer of Fort Worth; daughter, Sandra Palmer Kent and husband, Jim of Dallas; and grandsons, Alex J. Kent and Michael J. Kent.

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