Fay Hall Palmer passed away peacefully on October 19, 2016, at her home in Pleasanton, at the age of 96. She was born August 31, 1920, in Stockdale, Texas, the daughter of Leonora and Richard T. Hall. After finishing school in Stockdale, Fay went to work at the Pig Stand on South Flores Street in San Antonio. There she met her future husband, J.A. Jimmie Palmer. Fay and Jimmie married on October 9, 1937.
The Palmers moved to Atascosa County in 1948, when they purchased the old Gale Theater in Jourdanton. Fay ran the theater while Jimmie ran his excavating and land clearing business all over South Texas. When they sold the theater, Fay began to work in her husbands business, keeping the books and going on parts runs to San Antonio. They retired in 1983.
Fay was an active and prominent community member. She began involving herself in the community being active in her childrens school activities and served many years on the PTA. She taught vacation bible school and was the Mother Advisor of the Rainbow Girls. She and her husband also worked with and supported, for many years, the Girl Scouts, Brownies, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. She was a member of the Jourdanton Order of Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron in 1961-62.
Fay worked for many years alongside her husband in the Pleasanton Lions Club. In 1987, Lions Clubs International allowed women to join the organization. Fay was the first woman in Atascosa County to join. She was a dedicated and loyal member, serving as both treasurer and secretary. She cooked beans for nearly every Lions Club function where food was served and was awarded a plaque as Best Bean Cooker. She also helped oversee the original Lions Pavilion that was named in honor of her late husband. Along with many other activities, she helped coordinate and work the Lions Mobile Eye Screening Unit and the Wild Game Dinner.
In 2001, Fay was honored as Pleasantons Senior Citizen of the Year and in 2011, she was awarded a Jack Wiech Fellowship from the Pleasanton Lions Club.
Fay was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Jimmie; parents Richard T. and Leonora; brother, Weldon and sisters, Mildred, Bobbie and Margie.
Fay is survived by her son, Wilbur Palmer and wife, Lela of Pleasanton; daughter, Dorendia Watkins and husband Frank of Horseshoe Bay; grandchildren, Leigh Arguijo and husband Dan of San Antonio; Audra Locke and husband James of Pleasanton; T.J. Gossett and wife Melissa of Schertz and Wade Watkins and wife Amber of Ganado; great-grandchildren, Cierra and Micaela Arguijo, Linzey and Preston Weden, Trip and William Locke, Lila Ann and Clara Fay Gossett and Lauren Watkins. She is also survived by close family friend, Robert Brown and her wonderful caregivers, Daniella Hernandez, Ana Barba, Norma Barrera, Emily Barrera and Brittany Rodriguez.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at Hurley Funeral Home, 118 W. Oaklawn Road, Pleasanton from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM with the family receiving friends from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in the chapel of Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow in Jourdanton City Cemetery in Jourdanton.
Pallbearers: T.J. Gossett, Dan Arguijo, James Locke, Wade Watkins, Preston Weden, Trip Locke, William Locke and Robert Bobby Brown, Jr.
Honorary pallbearers: Robert Brown, Sr., Edward Haverlah, Johnny Staha, Jeff Chicoine, Junior Jones, Jeanne Israel and Kathy Pavlovsky.
Memorials may be made to: Texas Lions Camp, P.O. Box 290247, Kerrville, TX 78029.