David Riley Palmer

Mar 14, 2017

Outdoorsman, Conservationist

CRABTREE — David Riley Palmer, 62, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

David was a native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, the son of Margaret Nelson Palmer and the late Glen Cecil “G.C.” Palmer, of the Crabtree community. He was a 1972 graduate of Tuscola High School, where he was an active member of the 4H Club. He also graduated in 1976 from North Carolina State University and was a member of the Farm House Fraternity.

The Palmer family were pioneers of the Crabtree community in Haywood County and David followed in their footsteps managing the family farm. He was a great outdoorsman, who loved to fish and hunt. For his conservation efforts, he received the Lawrence G. Diedrick Small Game Award. This award is presented annually to recognize individuals whose contributions aid wildlife that depend on early successional habitats. David was a member of Crabtree United Methodist Church.

In addition to his mother, David is survived by a daughter, Montanna Palmer, of Abingdon, Virginia; a son, Riley Palmer, of Atlanta, Georgia; two sisters, Lynne Leatherwood, of the Crabtree community, and Mary Gaye Bumgarner and her husband, Mark, of Waynesville; a brother, Cecil Palmer, also of the Crabtree community; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, at Crabtree United Methodist Church, 5405 Crabtree Road, Clyde, with the Rev. Terry Rowland officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church.

Memorials may be made to The Cataloochee Fund, c/o Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 160 South Main Street, Waynesville, NC 28786.

Wells Funeral Homes & Cremation Services of Waynesville is in charge of arrangements. An online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.