Clay Palmer, 19 of Cleveland, Missouri passed away Thursday, August 4, 2022 as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Funeral services will be held jointly with his long-time friend Logan Meerkatz 3:00 pm Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at Cass Midway School, 5801 MO-2, Cleveland, Missouri, 64734. A visitation will be held just prior from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm also at the school. Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (816-657-4400). Memorial contributions may be made to Iron Eagle Welding Academy. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com
Clay William Palmer was born May 24, 2003 in Royal Oak, Michigan to Harold “TeeJay” and Tracy Morse Palmer. He grew up in Cleveland, Missouri and attended Midway School and Cass Career Center, graduating in 2022. Clay was on the FFA Trap Team and enjoying playing varsity football. He was also an Eagle Scout with Troop 256 of Freeman, Missouri and was in 4H Shooting Sports. Clay had a passion for welding and won several awards and scholarships including winning 1st in the Welding and Fabrication Skills USA State Competition team. He also competed at the National level. Following graduation, Clay was attending Iron Eagle Welding Academy in Stockton, Missouri. He was looking forward to graduating in his dream career in welding and having new adventures as he traveled for work.
Clay was a hardworking person who loved to stay active and engaged in various outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, and trap shooting. He enjoyed shooting 4H and FFA Trap with guns passed down to him by his dad and Grandpa Bob. Clay also cherished spending time with his grandpa in his workshop, where they shared tools and had conversations about fixing Clay’s truck. In addition to his love for the outdoors, Clay was passionate about firearms and enjoyed exploring different options for reloading. He often consulted Nosler reloading data to find the best practices for achieving optimal results. Despite his busy schedule, Clay always made time for his hobbies and interests, which brought him joy and fulfillment.
Clay will always be remembered for his smile, his favorite hats on his curly hair, the beard that allowed him to get away with things, and always wearing his cowboy boots with his button-down shirts. He was always prepared to hop into his truck for a new adventure.
Clay was preceded in death by his Grandma June M. Morse and Grandfather William A Palmer. He is survived by his parents TeeJay and Tracy Palmer of Cleveland, Missouri, half-brother Daryn Goff of Michigan, Grandparents Bob and Joann Morse of Troy, Michigan, and Harry and Judy Eichstadt of Navarre, Florida, along with Aunts and Uncles, Rob and Leslie Morse of Sterling Heights, Michigan and Rich and Theresa Flake of Bruce Crossing, Michigan and Great-Aunt Linda Nelson of Hull, Massachusetts, and many other extended family members and close friends.