Dr. Jesse Palmer, a longtime professor in The University of Southern
Mississippi Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education,
died Thursday at his home in the Oak Grove community after a lengthy
illness. He was 53.
scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 14, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Hattiesburg,
with interment at Highland Cemetery in Hattiesburg. Visitation will
be from 5-8 p.m. today (Friday) at Moore Funeral Home Chapel in
on the Southern Miss faculty for 17 years. He taught social studies
education at the university, and served on the university's faculty
senate, including as president. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist
He is survived
by his wife, Dorothy Palmer of Oak Grove; two daughters, Liz Palmer
of Hattiesburg and Jessica Lee Palmer of Oak Grove; his parents,
Bernice McCune and E.D. Bennett of Atlanta; a sister, Donna Wade
of Atlanta; and a brother, Stephen Bennett of Atlanta.
was a strong academician for the department and had many gifts and
talents, both as a person and as a professor," said Dr. Dana
Thames, chair of the Southern Miss Department of Curriculum, Instruction
and Special Education.
served as adviser to the Southern Miss Student Education Association,
Thames said. "He worked very hard to grow that program into
a large student organization," she said.
Palmer was a talented musician, and was known for writing songs
and playing them on his guitar at departmental birthday or retirement
parties, among other special events. "He just had a big heart
for his students and for all people," Thames said.
a leader in every sense of the word, in terms of teaching and issues
related to the faculty," said Southern Miss professor Dr. Myron
Henry, who served with Palmer on the faculty senate. "This
is a great loss to the university and its students, and to those
who served with him on the faculty. We are saddened by his passing,
and his family is in our thoughts."
Adult Education professor Dr. John Rachal described Palmer as a
strong advocate for the university's faculty, and popular among
his colleagues. "He was a genuinely nice man, always courteous,
he never met a stranger," Rachal said.
In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to the Jessica Lee Palmer College
Fund at Union Planters Bank in Hattiesburg.