Peyton Lee Palmore III

  • Born: August 20, 1927
  • Died: December 28, 2014
  • Location: Arlington, Virginia


171 Maple Avenue W
Vienna, VA 22180
Tel. (703) 938-7440

Tribute & Message From The Family

Born April, 20, 1927 in Kobe, Japan of missionary parents, Peyton Palmore who was a fourth generation missionary to Japan died December 28, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Home schooled in Japan, he entered the third grade in Richmond, Virginia because the impending WW II caused the relocation of his father, Lee Palmore to the Virginia Annual Conference of the (then) Southern Methodist Church. Public schools in Crew, Arlington, and Roanoke prepared him to enroll in Randolph-Macon College in 1944. A year of electronics training in the Navy was sandwiched into his academic training enabling him to graduate with the Class of 1948. Although strongly attracted to the sciences, he decided to respond to General Macarthur's call for "A thousand missionaries to help rebuild Japan" and enrolled as a volunteer short term "J-3" program of the United Methodist Church. This experience led him to enroll in Yale Divinity School where he trained to be ordained and was sent with his wife Mary Lou Hind to Japan in 1954. After two years of language school training they were assigned to Nagoya where they established the Higashi Church of the Nihon Kirisuto (Japan Christian United Church). During the next several years they established several churches, engaged in educational work and helped to establish the Nagoya International School. He was a leader in the Nojiri Lake Association community. In 1974 they returned to America and Peyton became a pastor in the Virginia Conference in 1975, serving Springfield, Vienna, and Nokesville. He was divorced from Mary Lou and then married Susan Korte in 1983. Leaving the pastoral ministry he picked up on his long time love of "fixing things" by starting a successful business as a self-employed Home Repair Handyman. Peyton and Susan spent much of their time together roaming the four corners of the earth and discovering many wonders traveling by land and sea. Susan chronicled each trip in a treasured scrap book that Peyton continued to enjoy even in the last days of his life. He definitely saw the world! Most recently as he settled into retirement he spent his free time volunteering: as a Japanese language mentor; as a repairman for Doorways for Women & Families; with the Brain Foundation; and repairing Bikes for the World. He is survived by his wife Susan Korte Palmore; his brother Erdman Palmore of Chapel Hill, NC; and his sister Jeannie Nelson of Palo Alto, CA and by his daughters Christy Palmore of San Francisco, CA, Paula Palmore (Robert Buckley) and Ginger Bennett (Pat) of Northern Virginia, and Kimberly Campbell (Glenn) of Indian Head, MD; and 5 grandchildren Katie, Paul, Charlie, Samantha, and Peyton.