Thomas "Al" Palmer



LANCASTER, SC ~ Thomas Allen Palmer "Al" died October 1, 2018 at home with family in Lancaster SC. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Anita Scott Palmer, two sons, Scott and Nathan Palmer, along with three grandchildren, Ryan, Nicholas and Megan Palmer, and one great grandchild, Holden Palmer.

His surviving three sisters are, Doris Slaughter of Fort Worth, TX, Hazel McIntyre of Baton Rouge, LA and Nancy Tinney of Anchorage, AK. Al was born November 17, 1935 in Thomson Georgia to Mamie and Walton Palmer. He graduated from Auburn University in 1959 with a BS in chemical engineering and was a leader and innovator in his field. He quickly rose to operation management status at several manufacturing plants around the Southeast until he retired from the industry in 1995 from Rexham Corporation in Lancaster, SC.

Never being one to officially "retire" Al traded in his business suit for blue jeans and along with his sons, started Palmer's Refinishing in 1996 until present day. Al was always giving back to the community and his civic accomplishments in Lancaster were serving as board president of The United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Arts Council, and Economic Development Corporation. He was also on the County Zoning and Planning Committee as well as the County Transportation Committee.

More than anything, Al loved hanging out with his family. He enjoyed playing games and cards as well as socializing with friends. He also loved a good joke but could probably tell you a better one. He was a life-long fisherman who appreciated the outdoors and would usually give away the fish he caught to a friend or stranger. He was a natural with the Golden Rule.

The Celebration of Life Service for Al will be 2:00 pm Friday, October 5, 2018 at The Chapel of Burgess Funeral Home, 1800 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster SC officiated by Rev. Charles Phillips. Visitaion for family and friends will be from 1:00 – 2:00 pm at the funeral home.