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James “Jimi” Leo Palmer Sr.

  • On January 13, 2021

James “Jimi” Leo Palmer Sr., age 67 of Washington, passed away January 11, 2021 at home surrounded by his loved ones.  He was born August 8, 1953 in Wheeling, WV, a son of the late James “Johnny” Palmer and Catherine L. Hairston.

He was a student at Beth Center and lived the majority of his life in Marianna, PA.

On October 16, 1972 at the age of 19, he became a Coal Miner at Bethlehem Mines to support his growing family. In 1978, Jimi and several of his best friends put a group together called F&M Production (Funk Mob) and he became the famous “P-Funk.”  The Funk Mob traveled the country DJing parties and clubs.  They also created a softball team that traveled city to city. Around 1995 Jimi became a Correctional Officer at the Washington County Jail.  A few years later, he went back to the mines and retired in 2015 at Console Energy.

He loved his friends and family. He enjoyed making everyone dance and laugh.  In his last years he enjoyed reminiscing, watching his favorite TV shows, playing solitaire and spending time with his “Boo Thang” Ms. Connie Johnson.

Left behind to cherish his memories are his eight children, Traci (Sean) Smith of Washington, Sharee (Aaron) Gross of Pittsburgh, PA, Jamie Palmer, James Palmer Jr. of Washington, PA, Nicole (Dwight) Logan of Independence, Kentucky, Thaddius Wooley, Jaya Palmer and Javon Palmer all of Washington, PA; 3 siblings Gwendolyn Powell of Washington, PA, Lola Palmer and Walter “Sonny” Hairston of Daytona Beach, FL. 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceeded in death by his parents, sister, Charlotte Mann and 2 brothers William “Billy” Hairston and John “John-John”Hairston and niece DeShawna L. Hairston.

The Palmer Family would like to thank you for your kind words, heartfelt prayers and encouragement.

A graveside service will be held privately at The Washington Cemetery.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at pittsburghcremation.com.

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Taneesha Smith
  • Jan 13 2021
Love you pap. I really enjoyed getting to know you and spend time with you these last couple years. Until we met again ❤️
Jamie Palmer
  • Jan 13 2021
Love Daddy. I will forever cherish the bond and memories we have established.
Teddi wilson
  • Jan 13 2021
I’m so sorry for your families loss I’m so glad I got to know your father and I loved taking care of him he was so sweet. Please if you need anything I’m here.????????
  • Jan 13 2021
6 Years.... This gentleman took on the responsibility to father a fatherless child. (AkA-me). I am and will be forever grateful. RIP...Jimmy L.
Jj Shabazz
  • Jan 13 2021
I regret not saying goodbye to you pap, and I think about it everyday. I’ll probably take that with me from here on. I should’ve been there. And i’m sorry you went through what you went through for the last few years. I’m just happy that you got the peace that you deserved. I won’t forget you pap. I love you ❤️
Melissa Jessee
  • Jan 15 2021
Such sad news. I went to school with Jim and lived in Marianna. He was th best football player I've ever seen. Always smiling, laughing. My sympathies to the family.
Betty chipps
  • Jan 15 2021
So sorry was a great family friend of three generations Bennardini and Chipps families
  • Jan 15 2021
Deepest Sympathy to the Family its been a really Long time But we were friends in our teen years I was friends with Jimi sisters but Long time friend ships are never forgotten our Prayers and Thoughts go out to The Family for our Loss. John Jr ( Burger) ,Monika, and John 3 Williams.
Steve Ziats
  • Jan 16 2021
My deepest sympathy to all of Jim's Family. I was friends with Jim for more than 50 years and I think of him often. I would often see him cleaning his cars and they looked good. Jim was one of the best football players, if not the best player to come out of BC. He will be sadly missed. A good man.
  • Feb 14 2021
Sorry for your loss, Sonniah and Kaitlyn uncle was a great guy .. wish I was notified of his passing we would have been there or sent something, family is family no matter the distance. Rest in peace ???????? you'll be missed