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    Funeral services for Rick Palmer, 64, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at First

Baptist Church with Dr. Charles Redmond officiating.
    Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove North Cemetery with Ronny Doss, Larry Blount, Joe Kennedy, Nelson Hogg and Bill Martin serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be George Sell, Harold Wright, Millard Bennett, Bill Onstott, Butch Adams, Gary Thompson, Fred Lewis, Fred Bruce Parker, Rick Perry, Michael O'Rourke, Mark Bassham, Tommy Evans, David Brewer, the Masonic Lodge No. 221 and the officers of Hopkins County Sheriff's Office.
    Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon, Friday, Sept. 7, at First Baptist Church.
    Mr. Palmer died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012.
    Ricky Lynn Palmer was born on March 17, 1948, in Sulphur Springs, the son of Morris and Janie (Burns) Palmer.
    He married Barbara Evans on Dec. 21, 2005. She survives.
    Rick was a 1966 graduate of Sulphur Springs High School and graduated from East Texas State University in 1970, with an agribusiness bachelor of science degree, and a double major and graduate school of banking, LSA, in Baton Rouge, La., in 1977.
    After graduation, Rick was hired by the Farmers Home Administration in Lamesa, as assistant county supervisor.
    In 1973, Rick was offered a commercial banking position as vice president and agricultural lending officer by First National Bank in Lamesa, and in 1977 moved to First National Bank of Lubbock as a senior vice president and commercial and agricultural lending officer.
    After returning to Sulphur Springs in 1979, Rick became the charter president and CEO of First National Bank of Sulphur Springs and in 1991-1996 was president and CEO of First American Bank in Sulphur Springs.
    Rick was an Eagle Scout, 32nd Degree Mason, Chamber of Commerce president, deputy sheriff in Delta County, Masters Class pistol competitive shooter and member of Hopkins County Sheriff's Posse for 16 years.
    Other survivors include his sons, Bryan Palmer and wife, Ann, of Hurst, Jason Palmer and wife, Monique, of Garland, Clint Palmer and wife, Mandy, of Sherman; grandchildren Sarah, Lauren, Noah, Will, Kate and Avery; brother Donny Palmer and wife, Patty, of Austin; sister Marsha Reid and husband, David, of Rockport; his first wife, Ruth Palmer of Sulphur Springs; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Beckham Missionary Baptist Church, c/o Gary Thompson, 375 CR 4763, Sulphur Springs, Texas, 75482; Boy Scouts of America at http://aplacetogive.scouting.org; Masonic Lodge, 105 Oak Ave., Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482; or to Future Farmers of America at www.ffa.org.
     Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home. www.westoaksfuneralhome.com




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