William S. Palmer

William Palmer

William (Bill) Spencer Palmer, 79, passed away Tuesday, July 15th, at his home in Seabrook with his entire family at his side.

Bill was born June 10th, 1935 in Jonesville, Virginia. He moved to Salineville, Ohio at the age of twelve. After graduating high school in 1953, he went to Ohio State University and received his Bachelors and Masters in Chemical Engineering and later joined the United States Army as a Captain and worked in research in chemical warfare.

Bill was always a hard worker since age eight, helping his grandfather raise tobacco and working at the church. After moving to Ohio, he worked multiple jobs as a paper boy, for the butcher, and the brick yard to name a few.

After working at DuPont for a year, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company offered him a project manager position. Bill’s management skills and works took him around the country to Houston, Chicago, New Jersey, Georgia, and even around the world to France, South Korea, and Brazil to build and manage chemical plants and terminal ports. He received numerous grants for his environmentally friendly chemical treatment efforts. He was the Keynote speaker for two international pollution treatment conferences in Bangkok and Hong Kong, was entered in the Who’s Who in the World publication for his successes, was annually invited as an expert to congress for the Committee on Environmental affairs, and received numerous international awards.

After forty years in the chemical field William pursued his entrepreneurial spirit and opened an automotive store in La Porte, TX where he has run his business for eighteen years with wife, Michèle.

His passion for life and children was unwavering. He voyaged often to France to see his wife’s family who he loved and spoke every day to his sisters. He was a wonderful, patient, and encouraging father to his sons, nieces, and daughter-in-laws, but most wonderful of all was his love and caring nature, especially for his wife and their family and friends. He often enjoyed his family time, eating wonderful meals with family and friends that anyone who knew him would know all too well, and spending his days with his grandson, Carson Palmer, and nephew, Allen Bottego III.

William was diagnosed in 2008 with pancreatic and lung cancer, but like everything in life, he was very optimistic about his prognosis and viewed it as a challenge he would fight and conquer. He astounded all of his doctors with how brave and successful he was at living far past what anyone thought he would. His family is very proud of his accomplishments and bravery in life, and they will miss him dearly.

William is preceded by his mother, Lola Rigsby; his sister, Wilma Cosgrove; and son, Bartley Palmer.

William S. Palmer is survived by his loving wife, Michèle Palmer; sons, Christopher and Jon-Davy; sisters, Geraldine Clark and Fern Gardner; nieces, Anne-Laure Bottego, Diane Gardner and Darlene Rhodes; and  daughter-in-laws, Nancy and Lauren Palmer.

Guests are invited to share in the Celebration of Life Visitation for Mr. William Palmer from 1- 4:00 p.m., Sunday, July 20th, 2014 with a 4:00 p.m. Funeral Service to follow at Carnes Funeral Home -Texas City, 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, TX 77591.

Cherished and Beloved husband, father,

employer, and friend to all.

To the Palmer Family and Friends,

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