Dorothy “Virginia” Smith Palmer

dorothy “virginia” smith palmer

September 14, 1946 ~ October 31, 2020

Born in: Chattanooga, TN
Resided in: Dunwoody, GA

Mrs. Dorothy “Virginia” Smith Palmer, 74, of Dunwoody, Georgia, wife of Cecil Ray Palmer, passed away on Saturday October 31, 2020.

Mrs. Palmer was born in Chattanooga,TN, was a graduate of East Ridge High School and attended the University of Tennessee. She loved Tennessee football, and was a Life Master of the American Contract Bridge League. She was a member of St. Luke’s Presbyterian of Dunwoody. Virginia was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Cecil Ray Palmer, who says she is still “The sweetest girl I ever knew”; Her loving daughters, Anne Dunstan Palmer and Lisa Butler Palmer Peeples (Laughlin); her adored grandchildren: Rollie Johnson, Matilda Johnson, and Dash Thomas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Clifford Smith, Jr. and Vivian Dunstan Smith, her brother, Charles Clifford Smith, III, and her in-laws, Walter and Evelyn Palmer, and her best friend, Judy Farley Knight.

A memorial service is planned in the future. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Arthritis Foundation or to St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church of Dunwoody Ga.

Arrangements by Wages & Sons Funeral Home, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway Lawrenceville, GA 30046. 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. CandleImageVirginia was one of the most beautiful woman I ever knew. I especially loved her sense of humor, and I will really miss her…

  2. CandleImageI’m so glad I knew Virginia. She was so easy to be around very friendly and kind and funny. And I understand she was a fabulous southern cook.
    My sympathies go out to Cecil, Lisa and Ann and children and loved ones.

  3. CandleImageI can’t believe she is gone. She was an amazing women and will be missed dearly. She always had words of wisdom while we were growing up. I have a lot of fond and funny memories of her and the family. Hugs and love the Anne, Lisa, Cecil, Adam, Graham, Rollie, Matilda, and Dash.

  4. CandleImageI’m so sad that I will never get to talk to Virginia again. She had such valuable advice and wisdom and was always able to convey it in a way that made me laugh. I really considered her to be like a second mom. I love this family so much. Just heartbroken, but incredibly grateful to have had the pleasure of knowing her.

  5. Thank you all for your kind words. I know she is now with the other angels in heaven. The best decision I ever made was loving and marrying her. We shared so many memories together. A life lived well. ” the sweetest girl I ever knew ” Love to all. Cecil

  6. Virginia was always a pleasure to see at the bridge table! Even though she
    Sometimes clucked at Cecil. We are glad we got to know her.
    Please accept our sympathy. We live next to your previous home on
    Saddle Creek Circle.
    Maggie and Doug Corrigan

  7. CandleImageDear Cecil – So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mikie

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