Bennie Jo Palmer

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    Bennie Jo Palmer, 74, born Oct. 21, 1941, of Murphy, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016, in a Buncombe County hospital.
    She was a native of Murphy. After graduating high school, she worked in Atlanta and Washington, D.C., before returning to Murphy to raise her family.
    Bennie Jo worked at the Murphy Housing Authority for more than 50 years, serving as executive director until her death.
    Bennie Jo dedicated her life to her family and work.
    She was the daughter of the late Ben David and Pauline Calhoun Palmer. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Botts; and an infant brother, Ben Virgil Palmer.
    Surviving are three daughters, Bennie Jo McKinnon and husband C.B. of Marble, Lea Scroggs and husband Tim of Brasstown, and Jolee Graham and husband Kevin Stover of Cary; a son, Kenneth Lee Graham II of Murphy; six grandchildren, Amanda Amos, Brittany Davis and husband  Dustin, Palmer Graham and wife Audrey, Ben McKinnon, Thomas Graham and Ian Stover; nephews, David Fowler and wife Judy, and Carlton Fowler and wife Linda; and many other extended family members whom she loved as her own.
    Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, with the Rev. Kenny White and Mayor Bill Hughes officiating. Interment was in Sunset Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gary Stalcup, Jeremy Stiles, Danny Byers, Roy Baker, John Goins and Eldon Roberts. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenny White, Art Amos, and Tony and Doug Colbert.
    The family received friends from 5-8 p.m. Monday, May 23, at Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Bennie Jo Palmer to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979.
    Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, was in charge of all arrangements.
    An online guest register is available at

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