Mr. Larry Darnell Palmer, 52, of South Bend, Indiana entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in Beacon-Memorial Hospital with his loving family by his side. Larry was born on March 19, 1966 in South Bend to Annise Mitchem and the late Harold Palmer, Sr.
Larry was a proud 1984 graduate of Washington High School where he was an awarded Indiana State accomplished wrestling, football, and track standout and letterman; his Jersey number was 15. His most outstanding sports accomplishment was taking part in Triple A Pro Football with the Dallas Cowboys. He also attended Sterling College in Kansas. His employment history included the South Bend School Corporation and Janco Products where he worked until he became disabled.
Larry confessed his belief in Christ at an early age and was a member of Rhema Word International Outreach Ministries of Mishawaka where he faithfully served as Armor Bearer to Bishop Stephen Reed and was active in the Men’s Fellowship.
Larry enjoyed singing and was known by many for his excellent and emotional rendering of “I Won’t Complain” and “When I see Jesus.” He was quick to share his testimony with many and you could often hear it in his selection of songs. Larry was a kind and gentle giant whose smile would light up a room. You would often find him assisting the elderly and disabled by mowing their lawns and shoveling their snow. Larry’s greatest enjoyment was spending time with his daughters. He nurtured them and taught them to be honorable and respectable young ladies. He supported their every endeavor and was very proud of their accomplishments while never doubting their promising futures.
Palmer, as he was affectionately known by his friends and “Main” as known by family, will be missed immensely for his hospitality and culinary skills which he loved to display. He will be especially missed in his home where his memory is cherished in the hearts of his loving daughters, Tyeisha, Tamara, and Talairia Palmer; mother and stepfather Annise and Murphy Vassar of Aberdeen, Mississippi; brothers; Fuddie “Fontasia” Lewis, Kenny (Lillian) Palmer, Wayne Palmer, Harold (Amy) Palmer, Jr. and Jon (Marisa) Palmer. Sisters, Denise Palmer; Cathy (Brian) Diggins and Darlene Minnis; a sister in law, Gloria Lewis; special aunts, Nancy Poole and Audrey Griffin of Chicago and Dorothy Daniel of Lynwood, Illinois; Stepmother, Mary Palmer; Godmother, Robin Townsend; mother of his children, Taynisha Fennessee-Palmer, his pastor, Bishop Stephen Reed and the Rhema Word family, along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Along with his father, he also joins in paradise a brother, Brian Lewis, maternal grandparents, Helen Louise “Bamps” Mitchem and Willie Dalton; and paternal grandparents, Levi Fuller and Georgia Palmer.