Merblyn Kelly Palmer – Obituary

By  | November 4, 2017 | Filed under: McNeece Morris Funeral Home, Obituaries

Merblyn Kelly Palmer, 88, left this earthly life on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born April 18, 1929, in Lee County to John Troy Kelly and Robbie Harrison Kelly. She was reared in the Skyline and Auburn communities and graduated in 1946 from Mooreville High School, where one of her proudest accomplishments was playing basketball for Mr. Aaron Morgan, winning the 1946 state championship, and being named an all star player that year. She and her fellow teammates forged a bond that could never be broken and stayed in touch whenever possible. She married Roy L. Palmer in 1950 and made her home in Itawamba County. She worked for over 25 years as a supervisor over the inspecting department at Itawamba Manufacturing where she formed close, sister-like friendships with the women with whom she worked. She had been a member of Dorsey Baptist Church and was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church where she attended until her health declined. Always known for her outgoing personality and quick smile, she never met a stranger.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 4, at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Ricky Pierce officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery.

She is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Pearson Gaskin (Howard) of Mooreville; a son, Randy L. Palmer of Dorsey; granddaughter Kelly Spencer and great-grands Olivia and Alex, granddaughter Karla Mitchener (Rob) and great-grands Adleigh and Emme; a sister, Earsestine Salle of Erie, PA; and four brothers, Eddie Kelly of Tupelo, Kenneth Kelly of Portland, Oregon, and J.C. and Charles Kelly, both of Plantersville.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her in-laws Joe and Lema Palmer; sisters Bernice Stanford, Louise Bishop, and Mozelle Payne; and brothers Merrell, Thurman, Spencer, and Harrison Kelly.

Pallbearers will be Pookie Smith, Jeff Enlow, Mike York, Rick Moore, Dalton Stanford, and Danny Kelly.

Visitation will be from noon until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

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