Howard M. Palmertree (Mac), 81, of Sanger, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at Denton Regional Medical Center in Denton. He was born on July 19, 1932 in Sunflower County, MS, to Wilson H. and Zona (McAllister) Palmertree. He was the third of five children, two of whom, sisters, Onita Palmertree Lyons and Emma Jean Palmertree Ellis preceded him in death.
Mac joined the U.S. Army in 1949 at age 17 and served honorably in the Korean War. In 1954, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served in the Strategic Air Command, Tactical Air Command and the Vietnam War. He retired from the Air Force as a Master Sergeant in 1971 to Denton, Texas where he was one of the original co-owners of J&M Automotive.
He was married in 1955 to Barbara Jean Palmertree and remarried in 1990 to Charley Sue Palmertree, both of whom preceded him in death. They were long time members of the University Church of Christ and Singing Oaks Church of Christ in Denton.
He is survived by two brothers, Jimmie Palmertree of Southaven, MS and Billy Palmertree of Vicksburg, MS; his son, Mike Palmertree and wife Katherine of Sanger, TX; his three step-children, Kendall McCurdy and husband Kyle of Graham, TX, Billy Waddill and wife Carrie of Decatur, TX, and Coby Waddill and wife Kelly of Aubrey, TX; and grandchildren, Jacob Palmertree of Charlotte, NC, Caitlin Palmertree, Kellan and Luthien McCurdy, and McKenna and Benjamin Waddill.
He was dearly loved and will be missed.
Visitation will be Friday, December 13, 2013 at DeBerry Funeral Directors from 6-8 pm. Funeral services will be Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Singing Oaks Church of Christ at 10:00 am. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Singing Oaks Church of Christ Benevolence Fund.