Francis “Ray” Palmer “Walking Man’s Friend” age 92, of Midlothian, VA, passed away on Monday, April 17, 2023.  He was preceded in death by his parents, William Francis and Mabel Currin Palmer; his brother, Ralph G. Palmer; and his late wife, Elaine Pierce Palmer.

Ray was born on January 17, 1931, in Lunenburg, County. He was a graduate of Victoria High School and was a graduate of Richmond Polytechnical Institute. After college he proudly served in the United States Air Force as a Sergeant during the Korean Conflict Era. Ray worked in the Automotive sales industry. He enjoyed boating, camping, hunting, and cutting grass in his spare time.

Ray is survived by two sons, Mark L. Palmer of Drakes Branch, VA, and Michael R. Palmer (Renee) of Powhatan, VA; one granddaughter, Laney Palmer Daniel and husband Greg; and two great-grandsons, Brycen Daniel and William Daniel.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 22, 2023, in Ontario Christian Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery.  A reception will be held in the church fellowship hall following the interment.  The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Ontario Christian Church Cemetery Fund.  The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville VA, is in charge of arrangements.


Condolence Messages

  1. Tanya Dolphin

    19 April 2023 1 year ago

    Ray was so much more than the “Walking Man’s Friend” — he was EVERY man’s friend!
    The world has lost a good man.
    Sincere condolences to the entire family.

  2. Joyce Martin

    20 April 2023 1 year ago

    Wayne and Joyce Martin always enjoyed Ray’s visit and positive attitude and good sense of humor. Our special condolences to the family. He definitely was one of a kind and will be missed.

  3. Debbie Cross

    20 April 2023 1 year ago

    I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. May beautiful memories bring you comfort during this difficult time. Hugs and prayers my friend.

  4. Richie & Linda Stanley

    22 April 2023 1 year ago


    We just heard your Dad passed away on Monday. Richie and I are so sorry for your loss. May all your wonderful years of happy memories with him comfort you, and be in your heart forever. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you, Richie and Linda

  5. Donnie & Faye Glover

    22 April 2023 1 year ago

    Mark and Mike,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. May you find peace and comfort at this sad time.

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