Clyde Pleasants Palmore Jr. passed away on August 31, 2019. Mr. Palmore’s last day on earth was representative of the way he liked to live his life. He visited with family, drove his truck, greeted his neighbors with his warm and welcoming personality, and looked forward to watching baseball later that evening in his recliner. At the time of his death, Mr. Palmore lived in Richmond, also the place of his birth, 89 years ago.
Mr. Palmore lived a full and meaningful life as a loving husband, brother, uncle, father and grandfather. To all lucky enough to know him, friends and family alike, Mr. Palmore was known as one of the most positive, kind-hearted people you could ever meet. He genuinely assumed the best in others and had a relentlessly positive outlook. At some point in nearly any conversation, Mr. Palmore would inevitably mention how happy he was or how lucky he felt to be alive. He never failed to send good wishes when asking about the welfare of others. We could all learn a lot from Clyde Palmore.
Mr. Palmore was born in 1930, the son of Clyde P. Palmore Sr. and Mary King Palmore. He was raised on a family dairy farm and following his graduation from Glen Allen High School, this became his full-time profession for more than 40 years. The only interruption to Mr. Palmore’s life as a farmer came in 1954 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. For the next two years, until 1956 when he was honorably discharged, Mr. Palmore served as a military police officer as part of the 515th Military Police Company. Mr. Palmore referred to his two years of U.S. military service as one of the proudest achievements in his life.
In 1957, Mr. Palmore’s family relocated to Louisa County to continue their dairy farming operation. In 1958, Mr. Palmore married Margaret Childress and they were together until her untimely death in 2004, having raised their three beloved children. Following his retirement from farming, Mr. Palmore began a second career, working for about 10 years at the Southern States branch in Louisa County. Mr. Palmore was a customer favorite, frequently requested by name to provide trusted agricultural advice. In 2006, Mr. Palmore married Nancy Moorefield and moved to Richmond. Mr. Palmore remained in Richmond after her death in 2017.
Mr. Palmore is survived by his three children; son, Joseph (Maka’ala); daughters, Jan and Judy (Neil); his brother, William (Norma); sister, Joyce Parker; seven grandchildren, Nikki, Billy, David, Lillian, Izabelle, Maddox and Cobi; four nephews, Dawson, Allen, Steven and Christopher; great nieces; great nephews and cousins.
Mr. Palmore belonged to Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.
A Memorial Service will be held at Bliley’s – Staples Mill, 8510 Staples Mill Road, on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
In honor of Clyde Palmore Jr., donations can be made to Fisher House, richmondfisherhouse.org
Mr. Palmore will be greatly missed by all.