Ronald Kent Palm (Ronnie), 83, of Greenville, died Saturday, October 7, 2023, at home surrounded by his family.
He was born in Union, SC, and raised in Greenville by his late mother Beatrice Palm Champion and Harry Palm.
Ronnie was a graduate of Greenville High School class of 1959. He was married for 56 years to his beloved wife Becky. Ronnie’s entrepreneurial journey began with owning the Gulf Service Station and Ronald Palm Wrecker and Towing services. He and Becky then went on to establish Ronald Palm Auto Sales, where he not only flourished as a business owner but also cultivated lifelong friendships with his customers and colleagues.
He was a car enthusiast and loved muscle cars, especially the Buick Grand National. Ronnie was a drag racer from his early teens and enjoyed being a member of the Buick Grand National Club, Mustang Club, and other car clubs in the area. He was a self-proclaimed gearhead who loved riding motorcycles, racing, and participating in car shows and auto auctions. Ronald also owned Armor Lock and Key for many years.
In addition to his loving wife, Ronnie’s legacy continues in the hearts of their children, Rhonda Palm Traynham and her husband, Britt; and Jason “Kent” Palm and his fiancé, Betsy. One of Ronnie’s greatest joys in life was being “Poppie” to his precious grandchildren: Carson Norwood, Aynslei Palm, Abby Traynham, Haig Traynham, and Baylee Palm; and one great-granddaughter, Zaylah Binns. His sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Donna and Keith Vaughn, brought great joy into his life. He thought of them more as his kids than in-laws. Also left to cherish his memory is his beloved sister, Pat Palm Rabon, and stepbrother, Mike Champion, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Downtown from 12:30 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. with a service of celebration of Ronnie’s life to follow at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Burial will be held in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ronnie’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital PO Box 50 Memphis, TN 38101-9929, or a charity of your choice.
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