Ray E. Porter

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ray E. Porter, 81, of Washburn, passed away Friday, July 26, 2013, in his home.

He was born Nov. 11, 1931, in Washburn, the son of Sam and Bea (Johnson) Porter. On May 31, 1952, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Hargus, who survives.

Additional survivors include: two sons, Larry Porter and his wife, Kathy, of Exeter, and Harold Porter and his wife, Sandy, of Washburn; eight brothers and sisters, Chloe Weathers and her husband, Charles, of Cassville, Dorothy Webb, of Wichita, Kan., Jack Porter and his wife, Carol, of Denver, Colo., Carl "Nig" Porter, of Washburn, Marilyn Lawrence and her husband, Hugh, of Seligman, Margaret Hendrix and her husband, Jim, of Cassville, Charles Porter and his wife, Kaye, of Exeter, and Vickie Holland and her husband, Dewayne, of Rogers, Ark.; four granddaughters; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, Jimmy Porter.

He grew up and received his education at Washburn, graduating from

Southwest High School. During the Korean War, he entered the U.S. Army, serving from July 8, 1952, until July 7, 1954. Most of his life was spent as a carpenter, except for four years when he worked for U.S. Shoe and Justin Boot. He served on the Washburn Road District and was a school board member for 12 years. He was a member of Washburn First Baptist Church.

Graveside services with military honors were held today (Wednesday) at Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Pastor Lawrence Shuey conducted the services.