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“I called you a friend, I called you family, I called you grandpa, I called you a friend to me for all those years when I was young. I don't know what...Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: Peyton Buckley - Annandale, VA

“You, Peyton Lee, were the greatest benefactor a man could ever have. I recall that day in the summer of 1952 when you (covered with poison ivy!)...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: John - VA

“We are truly saddened by the sudden loss of Peyton, especially after seeing him on Christmas morning when he seemed so “chipper.” We...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Marilyn and Russ Scholl - VA

“Uncle Peyton has always had a special place in my heart. He would tell me stories of the things he and his sister, Louisa (my mom), would do, like...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Barbara Louisa Hays (Pickard) - VA

“Carolee and I extend our condolences to the family of Peyton Palmore.In each of our lives, there are people whose actions alter the course of our...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: David Gilbertson - New Bedford, MA

“Dear Susan and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Although I did not know him well, I was always blessed by our times together at...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Kim Pickard - Midlothian, VA

“We are deeply saddened to hear of sudden loss of Payton (Pal-san). He will always be remembered as a great friend and a mentor. We have so many...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Tamaki & Shinya Nishimura - VA

“We were blessed to call Peyton (and Susan) family, through the marriage of his daughter, Paula Jean. We are sadden by this news of his passing, yet...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Laura (Buckley) Cowan - Austin, TX

“Dear Mrs. Palmore, I'm so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God continue...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Jacquelin Portis-Joyner - VA

“I was very saddened to learn of Peyton's passing. He was an avid learner, taking our courses in subjects as disparate as Economic Issues and Gilbert ...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Marjorie Varner - Arlington, VA

“Paru-san (Peyton's Japanese name) was a kind, thoughtful, and generous man. Although my family and I only knew him for the last few years of his long...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Tomomi Kinnard - Arlington, VA

“My heart is saddened to hear of the loss a Good Man, Peyton Palmore. My Sincere Condolences to the family. I met Peyton a few years while...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Timothy Bolden - Upper Marlboro, MD

“Prayers for you all in your loss. Peyton and his willingness to fix anything broken were a blessing to St. Andrew's Church. He will be missed and I...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: The Rev. Jenny Montgomery - VA

“I met Peyton seven years ago when I began serving on the Buildings & Grounds Committee of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. We often needed a good...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: James A. Williams - Arlington, VA

“Our best to you Susan. I'm communicating to as many as I can with the news. ”
15 of 25 | Posted by: wayne H. Cowan - MA

“What a dear dear person the world has lost. Peyton was an absolute delight to work with – his perpetual optimism, positive spirit, and sense of...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Susan Hennessy - Arlington, VA

“It always amazes me the depth of knowledge you have of the Japanese culture. I know this comes from your childhood in Japan. And you always speak of...Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Arlene Diehl - Bristow, VA

“All too rarely do you come across someone who is unfailingly kind and gracious to virtually everyone around them, regardless of station. Peyton was...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Scott Shelton - Arlington, VA

“Thank you for your service of spreading the gospel to japan. You are an inspiration to me and of course everyone who has experienced sukiaki. Love you ”
19 of 25 | Posted by: richard henry - covington, VA

“Uncle Peyton Lee was my mother's brother and I have known him all my life. After my high school graduation in India, I visited him in Japan, along...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Jeanna Shade - Toledo, OH

“Peyton and his family were our neighbors in Nagoya, Japan, when we were married in 1961.with Christy serving as our flower girl. Many years have...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: George and Yoko Gish Tokyo, Japan

“Your in our thoughts and prayers. What a wonderful life he led. ”
22 of 25 | Posted by: Renee Vaughn - Nokesville, VA

“Peyton gifted the world with his loving daughter, Virginia, and his grand daughter Samantha. The spiritual foundation he provided them echoes across...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Tom Neel - Fairfax, VA

“My Uncle Peyton and Aunt Lou were instrumental in getting me my job teaching English in Japan. I'll never forget arriving there after a long flight,...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Jeanne Hind - Denver, CO

“He loved to tell stories. I asked him where he wanted to be as he lay on the hospital bed in his last hours. He said "On Lake Norjiri (our summer...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Virginia, Patrick and Samantha Bennett - VA


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.

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