Morton Kent Palmer

April 30, 1934 ~ August 25, 2020 (age 86)


Morton Kent Palmer, 86, of Statesville, died peacefully at home after a short illness. He suffered a major stroke in 2012, but it was colon cancer that took him away.

Born April 30 1934 in Pasquotank County, NC, Mort was the son of the late Harley Calvin and Gaynelle Raper Palmer. He was a graduate of Greensboro College and received his Master’s degree from Appalachian State University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of Broad Street Methodist Church.

Sixty-two years ago, on June 29 1958, he married the love of his life - Virginia Higgins Palmer.

A man of few words, Mort was a great reader, furniture builder, vegetable grower and amateur painter. But, above all, his family came first. He loved us more than anything.

He was a very private person, a deep thinker and an intellectual; always kind to friends and family in his quiet way. He had a wonderful sense of humor - even though he had his moments of stubbornness and grumpiness - and a great love of old musicals. He will be deeply missed by his wife Virginia, his daughters Frances Palmer Cameron-Wilson, Camilla Ruth Palmer and his granddaughter Juliet Caton Cameron-Wilson.

A private family service will be held.

Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Rd, Statesville, NC 26625. And online condolences may be made to the family at


To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Morton Kent Palmer, please visit our floral store.


You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or by planting a memorial tree in the memory of Morton Kent Palmer


Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County
2341 Simonton Rd., Statesville NC 28625

© 2020 Troutman Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use