Terry Ray Palmer, Sr., 55, of the McLewis community of Orange, passed from this life on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at his home after an illness.

Terry was born Sept. 30, 1958 in Missouri to David Palmer and Verona Louise (Bardwell) Palmer. He lived in Orange for 12 years, and had previously lived in Houston. Terry worked as an Operator at the Cottonwood Energy Plant near Deweyville, and he served his country honorably as a veteran of the United States Navy. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with his family in the outdoors. Terry will be most fondly remembered for his kind heartedness, his dry sense of humor and the fact that he worked very hard all of his life in order to provide for his family.

Terry is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gene Palmer.

Those who will further carry on his legacy, and most cherish his memory are his loving wife of 33 years, Elizabeth Palmer of Orange; daughter, Colette Clayton, her husband, Matthew, and their daughter, Hanna, all of Splendora; son, Terry Ray Palmer, II of Orange; sister, Virginia Stremple of Channelview; brothers, John Reyes and wife, Dawn of Channelview, and David Wayne Palmer and wife, Marsha of Barbers Hill. Terry is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and members of his extended family.

Services to honor his life will be at 5:30 P.M. Friday, Feb. 14, in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. E. Dale Lee, pastor of the Cowboy Church of Orange County. A gathering time of Terry’s friends and family for a time of reflection will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the funeral home. Cremation will be held following the services.

Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.