First Posted: 2/5/2009
STUART, Va. Mrs. Eva Pearl Handy Palmer, 100, of Stuart, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Martinsville, Va. She was born on Aug. 11, 1908, in Patrick County to the late William David Handy and Mary Emily Ashby Handy. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Palmer was preceded in death by her husband, John P. Palmer; one son, Lee Roy Palmer; one daughter, Ruth Beasley; one grandson, Harold Beasley; and two brothers, Benjamin and Ralph Handy. She was a member of Mount Airy Pentecostal Holiness Church and was a homemaker, farmer and had owned and operated Palmers Grocery in Dry Pond with her husband for many years. Mrs. Palmer is survived by three daughters, Mary P. Cox of Stuart and Wavey Mabry and Edith Thomas, both of Mount Airy; 20 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and 31 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs. Palmer will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Stuart with the Rev. David Heath officiating. Burial will follow in the Red Bank Primitive Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart. If desired, memorials may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 401 Technology Lane, Mount Airy, NC 27030. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.