FLORENCE – James Richard Palmore, 96, passed away on April 26th, 2023, at his home, Magnolia Springs in Florence, Kentucky.
Mr. Palmore was born on the family farm at Persimon in Monroe County, KY, on May 25, 1926, and raised at Summer Shade in Metcalfe County, KY. He was the son of the late Dewey Richard and Grace Lee (Toomey) Palmore. James was also preceded in death in 2016 by his loving wife of over 68 years, Joyce Olene (Edwards) Palmore, and in 2012 by his daughter, Rita Dianne (Palmore) Morgan.
James was a 1944 graduate of the old Summer Shade High School, having also served as captain of the Summer Shade High School Basketball team that year. During World War II, days before his eighteenth birthday, James enlisted into military service of the United States Navy. After completing training at the US Naval Training Station in Great Lakes, Illinois, and the Naval Operating Base at Norfolk, Virginia – James was assigned as a helmsman to the newly commissioned Destroyer U.S.S. Higbee (DD-806) under the direction of Naval Commander Lindsay Williamson. The Destroyer joined Task Force 38 in the Sea of Japan in active engagement and duty. Present in the Sea of Japan upon the surrender of Japan in the summer of 1945, James was among the first troops into Tokyo Bay and into Tokyo as occupational forces were implemented after August 28th of that year. For his World War II Naval service, James received the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, the American Area Campaign Medal, and Victory Medal.
Mr. Palmore graduated from Western Kentucky College in 1950 and obtained his Master’s Degree from Cincinnati’s Xavier University in 1964. He was a teacher and school administrator for nearly 40 years serving the Kenton County Schools and Newport Independent Schools in Northern Kentucky, as well as the Three Rivers Local School District in Cleves, Ohio. In retirement, James was actively engaged in woodworking and crafting and served a term as chairperson of the Saddlebrook HOA in Florence. He was a member of the Florence Church of Christ.
James is survived by his son, David R. Palmore of Villa Hills, KY; his son-in-law, William R. Morgan of Burlington, KY; grandson, Keith R. Morgan and his wife, Christen Morgan, of Burlington; great-grandson, Carson B. Morgan of Burlington; and a sister-in-law, Mary Palmore Gillam of Summer Shade. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, his wife and daughter, James was preceded in death by his brother in 1989, Joe Don Palmore of Summer Shade.
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, May 7th, beginning at 2 p.m. Central Time at McMurtrey Funeral Home, 2232 Summer Shade Rd, Summer Shade, KY, with burial to follow in the Pleasant Hill Church of Christ Cemetery at Randolph in Metcalfe County. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. that morning at the funeral home and will continue until the time of the funeral at 2:00 a.m. Military Services will be provided by the Glasgow DAV, Chapter 20. Additionally, the Kentucky Patriot Guard Riders are coordinating an Honor Mission on behalf of Mr. Palmore for funeral services and escort.