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Endiana Dent Williams Palmer, the ninth child of Henry Dent, Sr., and Euzella Haywood Dent’s eleven children, was born October 25, 1934, in Dougherty County. She leaves a legacy of devotion to her church, family/caretaker, and bowling community. She embodied outstanding educational leadership, values, knowledge, and tolerance.
Accepting Christ as a teenager and remaining a member until her departure, Endiana Palmer, being a “true trooper,” is one of the 48 who were the largest group to ever be baptized at Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church which occurred in 1948. She loved her pastors, Pastor L. Heard, Pastor Lawson, and Pastor Heath, as well as her church members.
Mrs. Palmer was preceded in death by some of her siblings: Rev. Luvern Powell, Erasmus Dent, Henry Dent, Jr., Thomas Dent, Sr., Louise D. B. Pinkerton, Elliod Dent, and Elder Benny L. Dent, Sr.; and ex-husband, Eldon Palmer-“Cowboy.”
She leaves to continue her legacy: four children, Dr. Eugene C. Williams (Adalinda) of Roatan, Honduras, Dr. Serita B. W. Roquemore-King (Nazier) of Albany, GA, Angie M. Palmer of Albany, GA, and Macheldon A. P. Talley of Berryville, VA; eight grandchildren, Alex G. Villalobos (Vanessa) of Oakwood, GA, Martin Villalobos of Oakwood, GA, Princesses Maldonado of Oakwood, GA, Ramirez C. Roquemore of Denver, CO, Breland M. Roquemore of Duluth, GA, Valencia S. Jones of Lawrenceville, GA, Sylvia-Rue Talley (Alexis) of Durham, NC, and Olyvia Talley of Hagerstown, MD; three great-grandchildren, Vanyshia T. McClendon of Albany, GA, Martina E. Parks of Albany, GA, and Fredrick Williams of Lawrenceville, GA, and one great-great-grandchild, Adream H. McClendon of Albany, GA, and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives, and friends.
Mrs. Palmer graduated from Albany State College during the summer of 1953 with a B. S. Degree in Elementary Education at the age of 18. She immediately began her career as a 6th-grade teacher in Macon County, GA. There she was also a high school girls’ basketball coach. She also assisted in starting a band at Flint River Farms School. After leaving Macon County, she taught in Unadilla, GA, and later she taught school in Ocilla, GA.
Continuing her career, she taught in both Moultrie and Sylvester, GA. She finally obtained a teaching position in her hometown of Albany, GA, as a reading teacher and a reading clinician at the Reading Clinic. Her teaching career lasted 20 years before retirement.
While teaching, she served on many committees, which included being president of the local International Reading Association (IRA) & chairperson of membership of the state IRA. She worked with the Upward Bound Program at Albany State and taught a reading class for graduate teachers one summer. She served as a substitute teacher for several years in Dougherty, Lee, and Worth counties. Endiana received an M.S. degree in Elementary Education from Fort Valley State College and a reading specialist degree from the University of Georgia. Endiana retired in 1988 with 32 years of service. She is a member of the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) and the National Education Association (NEA). After retirement, she also became a member of the local Retired Teachers Association and is a lifetime member of the state.
She received her education from the following institutions: Monroe High School, Albany State College, University of Pittsburgh, Ft. Valley State College, University of Georgia, Southeastern School of Real Estate, Albany Technical School of Real Estate, and Albany Board of Realty (various in-service and licensure courses).
She was employed in the following capacities: Retired Teacher of Dougherty County Board of Education; Dent & Sons Real Estate, Inc. of Albany, GA; Hampton Realty Co.; Community Services of Moultrie, GA; Albany State University Guest Graduate Reading Instructor; Worth County Board of Education; Colquitt County Board of Education; Irvin County Board of Education; Dooly County Board of Education.
Mrs. Palmer received several certificates and plaques for her services volunteering in education and also her service to the Girl Scouts organization.