Louie Maxwell Ramer
Louie Maxwell Ramer was born December 18, 1924 near Samson, Alabama, the youngest child of Malachi A. and Verna Lee Foreman Ramer. He died peacefully May 16, 2017, in Panama City, Florida, at the age of 92. In the early 1930s, his family moved to Holmes County, Florida, where he attended Ponce de Leon School. During World War II, he worked at Tyndall Field in Panama City and also at the Navy Base in Pensacola. He later was employed with the Florida State Road Department in Escambia County.
In 1947, he began employment in the paint crew with International Paper Company in Panama City. When the local paper mill was sold to Southwest Forest Industries, he remained with that company until his retirement in 1986. While working with International Paper Company, he was president of Papermakers Maintenance Local 623 for several years. He was subsequently promoted to Foreman of the Paint Crew, subsequently to Maintenance Supervisor, and then to Supervisor of Maintenance Planning. He completed courses in Sign Painting and Show Card Lettering and in Carpentry from International Correspondence School, and for several years, he painted signs for various organizations in the community.
After his retirement, he was active in the International Paper Company Retirees group, and he and his wife traveled extensively on bus tours and on cruises. He loved the outdoors, and enjoyed fishing, gardening, and working in the yard.
He is survived by his wife, Lily Faye Padgett Ramer; three sons and their wives: Clayton Frederick Ramer (Martha) of Denver, North Carolina; Philip Gregory Ramer (Dee) of Tallahassee, Florida; and David Ramer of Navarre, Florida; two grandsons: Gregory Alan Ramer (Julie) of Tampa, Florida and Jeffrey Maxwell Ramer (Tisha) of Tampa, Florida; and three great-grandchildren: Carson Sibert, Kegan Sibert, and Tucker Ramer, all of Tampa, Florida.
In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by five sisters and four brothers: Ella Jane Ramer Hilson; Allie Ramer Carnley; Annie Ramer; Preston Dallas Ramer; Mary Etta Ramer Gibson; Nancy Ramer Ward; Jessie Ramer; Robert Etheridge Ramer; and Willner Lee Ramer.
Special appreciation is expressed to Dr. Marion Mathews, who guarded his health for 35 years; to ARNP Kelly and the staff of Covenant Care, who capably provided for his comfort during his final days; and to Rev. Virgil Tillman, pastor of Springfield Baptist Church, who has faithfully provided comfort and spiritual guidance to the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Baptist Church or to Covenant Care.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, May 19, 2017, at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home with Rev. Virgil Tillman and Gregory Ramer officiating.. Special memories of Granddad will be shared by Jeffrey Ramer. Nephews John Ramer and Ray Ramer will share remembrances of their Uncle Mack. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 PM.Pallbearers will be Jimmy Powell, Andy Powell, John Ramer, Ray Ramer, Leslie Ramer, and Jimmy Ward.
Kent-Forest Lawn, 2403 Harrison Avenue, 763-4694