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.


Terneus, Louise G. "Aunt Lou"

Louise G. “Aunt Lou” Terneus, 84, of Chattanooga, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at a local nursing home.  Louise was of the Methodist faith. She was born in St. Louis, remaining there until moving to Chattanooga following the death of her beloved husband and high school sweetheart, Wayne Terneus.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; ... (click for more)

Cribbs, Connie Sue Pursley

Connie Sue Pursley Cribbs, 55, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at her home.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Kate Stewart.  Survivors include her husband, J. D. Cribbs, Jr., Chattanooga; daughters, April Cribbs and BrandyCribbs, Chattanooga; parents, Barney and Anna Faye Pursley, Ringgold, GA; siblings, ... (click for more)

Green, Steven Randell (LaFayette)

Steven  Randell  Green, 68, of  LaFayette,  GA,  died Wednesday, August 20, 2014. He was preceded  in  death  by his  parents,  Charlie  and  Lillie  Lowrance  Green;  sisters,  Zula  Thomas  and  Nannie  Lee  Tracy;  and brothers-in-law,  Daniel  Clarkson and  ... (click for more)

Brannon, Ruth (Cleveland)

Ruth Brannon, 88, of Cleveland, TN, passed away Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at her home.  She was a member of the Methodist Church. She was a caregiver for family and anyone in need. She was preceded in death by her parents, William “Boss” Smith and Mary Floyd Smith; husband, Sam Brannon; and siblings, Clarice Floyd and L.A. Smith. Survivors include her grandchildren, ... (click for more)

Storm Brings Heavy Rain, Wind Through Area

Severe storms brought heavy rain and wind north of Chattanooga on Wednesday evening. EPB crews were dealing with power outages in Brainerd, Soddy Daisy, Shallowford-Tyner and East Chattanooga. It was a very busy evening for emergency responders in Cleveland and Bradley County. The evening storm that passed through Wednesday brought a lot of heavy rain and wind that caused ... (click for more)

Man Robbed, Stabbed At Hixson Pike Bus Stop

A man was robbed and stabbed at a bus stop on Hixson Pike on Tuesday night. At approximately 9:30 p.m., officers were called concerning a robbery at 3800 Hixson Pike. Phani Tangirala, 22, was transported to a local hospital by HCEMS for treatment of a stab wound to the abdomen. Medical personnel stated that Mr. Tangirala appeared to have a non-life threatening wound to ... (click for more)