Jim and Mary Lou Palmer were married July 4, 1958, in Gladewater.
Jim spent four years in the U.S. Air Force then graduated with a B.B.A. degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. He worked in the marketing department of Phillips Petroleum Co. for 15 years. In 1975, Jim became a State Farm Insurance agent. He retired in 1997.
Mary Lou graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with B.B.A. and M.Ed. degrees in counseling and guidance. She taught typing, history, English and vocational office education, and was a counselor in Dallas, Galena Park (Houston), Uvalde and Amarillo. In 1992, after 32 years in the teaching field, she retired from Pine Tree ISD as a junior high counselor.
The Palmers enjoy traveling in their motor home, cruising and going to various places with tour groups. The have traveled to China, Costa Rica, Canada and most of the European countries. For the past 17 years, they spent the winters in the Texas Valley near McAllen.