Dr. Louis C. "Lou" Palmer was born in Clarksburg, WV on February 28, 1939, the son of the late Jane Long Palmer and Carroll C. Palmer and died peacefully on September 17, 2019 at home.
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He is survived by his dear wife, Barbara Jane Plattenburg Palmer and children: Daughter Deborah and her husband Roger K. Hollandsworth Jr. and their children Ryan, Emily (Hollandsworth) and Patrick McLaughlin, and Evan of Fayetteville, Georgia as well as his great-granddaughter, Scarlett McLaughlin; Daughter Rebecca and her husband Harry M. Redman and their children Brock, Cole, Merrill and Leatha of Purcellville, Virginia; Son Bradley C. Palmer and his wife Christine of Benson, North Carolina; Daughter Michelle Palmer and her son Ashton Weaver of Wake Forest, North Carolina; Son Gregory L. Palmer of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Son John Rappold and sons Damon, Devon, and Drew of Bridgeport, West Virginia; and Daughter Allison (Rappold) and her husband Chad Wilson of Stanfield, North Carolina and their daughter Lola.
Dr. Palmer is also survived by his brother, Dale and his wife Barbara and their children (Beth Ann Leeder, David, and Douglas); his brother-in-law John Marra and his children (Kristen Corley, Megan Peterson, and Kevin), as well his sister Janet and her husband Norton Smith and their son, Steven.
His sister, Emilene (Palmer) Marra, preceded him in death.
Dr. Palmer attended East View Grade School, Broadway Junior High School and Washington Irving High School. He attended West Virginia University and received a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from West Virginia University and was a member of the Kappa Psi pharmacy fraternity and Phi Kappa Sigma social fraternity. Dr. Palmer practiced pharmacy for several years and served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He then attended the West Virginia University School of Medicine and was president of his medical school class his junior and senior years. Dr. Palmer received his degree in 1967. He practiced family medicine for a period of five years and delivered several hundred babies in the area. He was also a deputy county coroner and practiced emergency room medicine.
In 1973, he began a residency in Dermatology and was in active dermatology practice for nearly 40 years. He was committed to medical teaching and taught over 300 students in the practice of dermatology. During this time, he was awarded three teacher of the year awards from West Virginia University and United Hospital Center. He was a life member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Dermatology, Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and Pittsburgh Academy of Dermatology. He also was a member of the Harrison County Medical Society and was a past president. Dr. Palmer was also an associate editor of the West Virginia State Medical Journal for many years. He also served on the board of directors of Family Services of both Harrison and Marion Counties.
Dr. Palmer spent many years investing in his children and other area youth as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader and as a coach for numerous sports, including Little League baseball, Jerry West Basketball, and his daughters’ league basketball teams. Dr. Palmer was quite active, enjoying hobbies such as golf, hunting, fishing and home repairs. He served on the board of directors for both the Bridgeport and Clarksburg country clubs. He was also a long-time member of the Knights of Pythias.
Dr. Palmer will be most missed in his greatest roles, that of husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Dr. Palmer’s memory be made to the Harrison County Humane Society (HSHC 2450 Saltwell Rd. Shinnston, WV 26431.)
Dr. Palmer’s wishes for cremation will be honored and a Celebration of Life will be held at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home 329 E. Main Street Clarksburg, WV, on Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 1 until 3pm, a Memorial Ceremony will begin at 2:15. Online condolences, www.davisweaverfuneralhome.com The Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is honored to serve the Palmer Family during this time.