I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in
store for me the crown of righteousness, which the LORD, the righteous Judge, will award
to me on that day‑and not only to me, but also, to all who have longed for his appearing.
II Timothy 4:7-8
Kenneth Eddie Palmer was born on January 27, 1957 in Compton, California to the late Mabel Smalls Teague and Eddie Palmer. On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Lord called him to his heavenly home at the age of 63.
Kenny, affectionately known as “Scampy”, grew up in New Jersey and at a young age moved to Cross, South Carolina where he was raised by his grandparents Walter and Jessie Mae Smalls. In his early age he was a member of Immanuel Reformed Episcopal Church in Cross, South Carolina. He graduated from Cross High School in South Carolina in 1974. After graduating high school, he relocated back to New Jersey, where he completed two years of college at Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, New Jersey. His career consisted of driving multiples modes of transportation which included trucks, taxi’s, and charter buses. He passionately worked for Greyhound Bus Line as a bus driver for over 15 years where he retired in 1992. In retirement, he worked part time for several tour bus companies driving buses throughout the U.S. He also had a passion for photography which he passed down to his sons. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and assisting anyone in need. He was a wonderful cook, enjoyed his card games and loved the Cowboys.
Kenny is preceded in death by his parents, Eddie Palmer and Mabel Smalls Teague; his brother, Ralph Palmer; grandfather and grandmother, Walter and Jessie Mae Smalls Sr.
He leaves behind to cherish his memories: his partner and companion of 23 years, Yvonne Harris; his children, Lashonda Walker Barnes (Nate III), Damon Gardner (Shannon), Vanetta Wallace (Gregory), Desmond Gardner, Serina Edwards, Brian Walker, Jennifer Fuller, Terrance Paulk (Chrissy), Kurt Harris (Monique), Janine Concepcion (Wilfredo), Xavier Harris (Ashley), Starlena Harris, Danielle Clement (Donnell), and Rashad Harris. He was a beloved “Pop Pop” to his grandchildren and leaves behind 38 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He also leaves two brothers, Don Palmer and Isaiah Smalls (Viola Smalls) of Cross. SC; one sister, Margie Prioleau (Douglas Prioleau) of Cross, SC; five loving aunts, Lucille S. Brown of New Jersey, Edna S. Middleton of Cross, SC, Jestine Smalls of New Jersey, Georgianna Smalls of Cross, SC, and Annabelle B. Smalls of Cross, SC, and a host of nieces, cousins, and many friends.
Kenny truly lived his life to the fullest. His legacy will live on through all
those he touched along his journey. He will be greatly missed.
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