Donald Palmer

    Donald Ray Palmer, 63, of Murphy, passed away Monday, June 3, 2019, at Mission Hospital in Asheville.
    Mr. Palmer was born June 6, 1955, in Murphy to the late Lewis Palmer and the late Alice Jane Dockery Palmer.
    Donald attended First Freewill Baptist Church in Hayesville.
    He was a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
    He was owner/operator of Palmer Monument and Construction. He was a very hard working man and enjoyed his work.
    He also loved spending time with his family.
    Survivors include his loving wife, Tracy Radford Palmer; three sons, Darren (Shannon) Palmer, Shannon (Becky) Palmer, and Gabriel Palmer; one daughter, Alyson Palmer of the home; sister, Nancy (Terry) Stroud; brother, Tommy (Frances) Palmer; six grandchildren, Natalee, Cruz, Payton, Isaiah, Caleb and Emma; two great-grandchildren, Nora and Roman; and his best little buddy, Mason Radford. Also several nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Cochran Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Rumfelt officiating. Music will be provided by Cruz Palmer, and Chris Rumfelt and the Rumfelt Family Singers. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers include Ben McNabb, Billy McNabb, William Abernathy, Matthew Kelley, Steve Smith, Barry Anderson, Brent McNabb and Evan McNabb. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Gooch, Todd Hicks, Jonathan Wells, Hubert Wells, Brian Wells, Bill Dahdah, Vinson Sims and Mark Gacchina.
    The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Cochran Funeral Home of Murphy.
    You may send flowers or you can choose to make a donation in Donald’s name to First Freewill Baptist Church (
    Arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Murphy.
    You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at


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