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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Billy Bruce Palmer

  • After a lifetime of living humbly, working hard, creating music, repairing anything with wheels, and investing time to serve others, husband and father Billy Bruce Palmer strummed his final tune in this life on Oct. 2, 2013, after struggling a few months with an aggressive brain cancer.
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  • After a lifetime of living humbly, working hard, creating music, repairing anything with wheels, and investing time to serve others, husband and father Billy Bruce Palmer strummed his final tune in this life on Oct. 2, 2013, after struggling a few months with an aggressive brain cancer.
    Bruce's life was a story book of deep faith, personal integrity, compassion and the desire to do the right thing. The impact he leaves on his family, both immediate and extended, will not fade with his passing. Rather, those who were fortunate enough to share time with him will pay forward his example and positively impact generations to come.
    Bruce was born June 27, 1953, in Prague to the late Billy Joe Palmer and Sylvia Davis Palmer. He was a graduate of McLoud High School and Okmulgee Tech. Bruce married Verna Doyle of Haw Creek on April 12, 1975, at Big Creek Baptist Church.
    Bruce was always very proud of their three children: Jenny Thompson and her husband Kevin, of Fort Smith; Jesse Palmer and his wife Kendra of Haw Creek; and Billie Jo Faulkenberry and her husband Brandon, of Haw Creek. He also adored his six grandchildren: Ella, Allison, Silas, Maggie Jo, Geren, and Delaney. He appreciated the love from his two sisters, Glenda Kuhn and Kathy Harris of McLoud, and his two brothers, George Palmer of McLoud and James Palmer of Azle, Texas. His love extended outward to his many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and other friends.
    While Bruce worked nearly 40 years repairing heavy and complicated diesel machines, it was his ability to accept others in all walks of life and circumstances, providing them a place to stay, car to use, or music to inspire that made him special. He was a loving husband, a strong father, a fun grandpa, a musician, mechanic, farmer, cowboy, hunter, fisherman, teacher, and steadfast friend who will be missed by all.
    Bruce was a member of Big Creek Baptist Church and a former member of the Haw Creek Volunteer Fire Department. He taught the Men's Sunday School class and was a member of the Walker Mountain Boys band.
    Friends are invited to celebrate Bruce's life at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, at Big Creek Baptist Church, 51918 Haw Creek Rd., Heavener.
    Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4, at Dowden Funeral Home, 710 Hwy 270 (Wister Lake Road), Heavener.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Big Creek Baptist Church, marked specifically for Missions Outreach or for Gideon Bibles.
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