Palmer, Dennis

Artist And Musician Was Co-Founder Of Shaking Ray Levi Society

Monday, February 18, 2013
Dennis Palmer
Dennis Palmer

Dennis Palmer, 55, a Chattanooga native, beloved father, son, brother, musician, visual artist, storyteller, educator, and devoted friend of many, died peacefully at his home on February 15, 2013.

A singular vocalist and nontraditional musician, called "the world's most colorfully inventive synthesizer player" by Creative Loafing, he co-founded the acclaimed free improvisation group The Shaking Ray Levis with drummer Bob Stagner in 1986, which was the first American band to record an album for the legendary British label Incus Records.

As a visual artist, Mr. Palmer has exhibited his paintings, silk-screened prints, and other unconventional artwork both locally and internationally in cities including London and Los Angeles.

A leader in the arts community, Mr. Palmer co-founded the nonprofit arts education organization The Shaking Ray Levi Society and served as its artistic director for over 26 years. Mr. Palmer promoted the ideas of improvisation and creativity in thought, performance, and visual art to students of all ages and developed outreach programs for under-served populations including students with developmental, emotional, or physical disabilities.

Mr. Palmer is survived by his mother, Virginia Palmer Pierce; wife, Heather Palmer; son, Christopher Palmer; brothers, Clinton Palmer (and wife Kathy) and Kenny Palmer (and wife Shani); niece, Lindsay Palmer Barnette (and husband, Jason); and great-niece, Aimee Barnette.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 2-4 p.m. and a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. in the East Brainerd Chapel. 

In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to either Allied Arts or McKamey Animal Center. 

Born into the Baptist faith, Dennis was an inspiration for many and a strong advocate of "living in the moment" and "doing the highest good for all" in the community and beyond.

Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastBrainerdChapel.com.


Henderson, James "Frog"

James “Frog” Henderson, 56, a resident of Polk County, Tennessee, passed away on Friday, June 23, 2017. He was preceded in death by his sister, Susan Henderson. He is survived by his two daughters, Ashley Taylor and Kristen Henderson; granddaughter, Khloe Dillard; grandson, Elijah Taylor; brother, Johnny Henderson and his wife, Dana; and mother, Frances Henderson. ... (click for more)

Durham, James "Jimmy" V.

James "Jimmy" V. Durham died on June 18, 2017. He was born Feb. 20, 1924, in Alabama and lived in the Chattanooga area for the past 80 years. He was of the Nazarene faith. Jimmy served in the United States Navy on the USS Mobile in the South Pacific during World War II. After his military service, he had a 50-year career in commercial construction and served on the Apprentice ... (click for more)

Still, Robert "Robbie" Franklin (Cleveland)

Robert “Robbie” Franklin Still, 76, of Cleveland, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at a Chattanooga hospital.   He was a dairy farmer most of his life and served on the board of directors at Farms Bureau and the Bradley County Co-op.  Robbie also worked at Peyton’s as a security guard.  He was a member of Thompson Springs Baptist Church where he served as ... (click for more)

Stanfield, Gary (LaFayette)

Gary Stanfield, of LaFayette, passed away at his home Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the age of 66. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in Vietnam. Gary retired from Syntec Industries. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gus Stanfield and Frances Bledsoe  Stanfield; and sister, JoAnn Lagesse. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, ... (click for more)

Smith Denies He Told Young To Shoot Holsey In North Chattanooga Drug Deal That Cost A Life; Asks Jury To Spare Him Life Sentence

Briston "B.J." Smith told a Criminal Court jury on Friday afternoon that he never ordered Adram "A.B." Young to shot Charles "Chas" Holsey in a North Chattanooga drug deal that cost a life. Smith, who was 18 at the time and is now 20, asked the jury not to put him behind bars for life. The state is seeking a life sentence (51 years) on a first-degree felony murder charge. ... (click for more)

12 "Johns" Arrested In Multi-Agency Prostitution Sting Operation In East Ridge, Including Doctor, Teacher

A joint operation was conducted on Wednesday by the East Ridge Police Department in cooperation with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, Chattanooga Police Department, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to combat human trafficking and prostitution complaints within the city of East Ridge. The operation was conducted over a two-day period when online advertisements ... (click for more)