Fallen Hero: MSgt Bobby Palmer (Ret)


Funeral Home

Chancellor Funeral Home

Hwy 49S Florence, MS


Friday, July 28, 5 – 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 29, 10 – 11 a.m., Chancellor Funeral Home, Florence.


Saturday, July 29, 11 a.m., Chancellor Funeral Home, Florence.


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard.  “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on Jul 22, 2023, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  MSgt Bobby Palmer (Ret), age 74, who had served as a member of the MS Air National Guard within the 172d Airlift Squadron as a Flight Engineer, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Airman. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Airman gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Airman for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:

January 7, 1949 — July 22, 2023, Florence

Bobby Palmer, age 74 – died Saturday, July 22, 2023, at his residence in Florence, MS. Bobby was born January 7, 1949, in Jackson, MS the son of Andrew Dow Palmer and Mary Fuller Palmer.

The family will receive friends Friday, July 28, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Chancellor Funeral Home, Florence. The Celebration of his life and funeral services will be held Saturday, July 29 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Garden of Memories, Florence, MS.

Bobby was very proud of his service to our country. He faithfully served in the U.S. Air Force and the Air National Guard for over 27 years of active duty. Bobby served during the Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and every conflict through Operation Enduring Freedom. He was a very highly decorated veteran. In addition to his military service, Bobby was a faithful member of Faithview Baptist Church. He loved his family greatly, especially the apple of his eye and love of his life, his wife of 49 years before her passing, Shirley Palmer. His children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were a great source of pride and accomplishment whom he showered with love and affection. Bobby was also an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, gardening, and enjoyed playing the guitar.

Left to cherish his memory are his children: Andy Palmer (Jennifer) of Richland, Philip Palmer (Colleen) of Lake Mary, FL, Josh Palmer (Jennifer) of Florence, and Daniel Palmer of Florence; three brothers: Ray Palmer (Sandy) of Clinton, MS, Jim Palmer (Carol) of Florence, MS, and John Palmer (Gina) of Florence, MS; five grandchildren: Brooke, Drew, Ashlyn, Raegan, and Livi; four great-grandchildren: Braiden, Blakely, Liam, and Cash; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Bobby was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Shirley Palmer; his parents, Andrew and Mary Fuller Palmer, and one brother, Tom Palmer.