(WJLA) - A popular and beloved pastor and member of the Washington community will be remembered Friday and Saturday.
Wayne "Nook" Palmer passed away Oct. 23, according to an obituary published in the Washington Post. Palmer was a pastor at The House of Praise on Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue in Northeast Washington.
"Nook" was 40 years old. Community members say that the entire neighborhood is in shock over Palmer's sudden passing.
"He was a great teacher, a great example to the people," Apostle Steve Young, the head of The House of Praise, said. "For him to pass so suddenly, this is the most devastating situation to ever occur at the church."
Numerous posts to a Facebook page belonging to The House of Praise have paid tribute to his contributions to the church and the community.
Young says that he consistently marveled at the influence that Nook had on members of the church and at the barber shop that he owned on Sheriff Road Northeast.
"He was so instrumental," Young said. "We will never understand the influence he had. We will never ever be able to replace (him)."
Services for Palmer will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Sabrina, and three children.
Palmer's family and church are collectively raising money to bury him as well.