Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Bobby Joe Palmer

Born: 10/9/1948

Died: 9/28/2005

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Bobby Joe Palmer, 56, passed away September 28, 2005. He was born October 9, 1948, in Ardmore to Edward Palmer and Mona Hattensty.

Raised in Ardmore, he was a longtime resident of Talihina and former director of the Choctaw Nation Alcohol-Drug Recovery Center. He started alcohol-drug recovery centers for various Indian tribes across the United States for the past 25 years. He was a devout Christian and loved his family and friends. He enjoyed being active in outreach ministries where many have come to know Christ as their Savior.

He and Ethel Lou Smith were married on September 19, 1984. She preceded him in death on September 3, 2004. He was also preceded in death by a son, Bobby Joe Palmer Jr.; his father, and a brother, Wilbur Palmer.

Survivors include sons, Robert Palmer, Talihina, and Cpl. Jeremiah Palmer, 29 Palms, California; stepsons, Jason Smith, Norman, and Adrian Smith, Allen; daughters, Tjuana Hill, Mannsville, and Courtney Palmer, Ada; mother, Mona Hattensty, Ardmore; stepfather, Steve Bond; brothers, Edward A. Palmer, Durant, Steve R. Bond, Ardmore, and Melvin Palmer, Idabel; sisters, Carolyn Parker and Lisa Ingram, Ardmore, and Starr Linch, Tahlequah, and 10 grandchildren.