Funeral services for J.Q. Porter Jr., 94, of Ringling are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Ringling, with the Rev. Mike Williams officiating. Interment will follow at the Orr Cemetery. Services are under the direction and care of Alexander Funeral Home of Ringling.
J.Q. was born May 12, 1920, at Union Hill, to the late John Quincy Porter Sr. and Winnie Melinda (Bonifield) Porter. He departed this life Tuesday evening, June 24, 2014, at the Ardmore Veterans Center.
J.Q. attended school at Union Hill, and resided nearby on a farm where he worked with his father. He married the former Joyce Shelton on Aug. 2, 1941, at Wilson. Soon after, J.Q. was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. He was part of the 45th Armored Division, serving mainly in the European Campaign within an armored tank. J.Q. received his honorable discharge on Dec. 2, 1945, and immediately returned home to his family, and resided at Orr. Living back home, J.Q. began farming and ranching with his grandfather. He also worked for Lone Star Gas Company, retiring after 30 years of employment as a bookkeeper. J.Q. diligently provided recordkeeping and caretaking of Orr Cemetery since 1961. He always enjoyed farming and ranching, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ringling.
His wife, Joyce, preceded him in death on Dec. 16, 1982. Also preceding J.Q. in death were his parents, John and Winnie Porter; brothers and sisters-in-law Kimbell and Marie Porter, Wilfred and Letrice Porter, and Guy and Ruby Porter; and sisters and brothers-in-law Addie and Marvin Russel, Audie and Virgil Lambeth, and Hazel Dunford-Wyche and her first husband, Melvin Dunford, and her second husband, Robert Earl Wyche.
Survivors include his longtime companion, Marie Sessions of Ringling; daughter Janis Herrington and husband Herman of Ringling; son Mike Porter and wife Paulette of Mustang; five grandchildren, PeeWee Herrington and wife Vicki of Purcell, Jay Herrington and Sheila Hicks of Orr, Wendy Alvarez and husband Willie of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Carri Baldwin and Robert Johnson, both of Yukon; 14 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other family, church family and friends.
Casket bearers are Brent Wade, Brandon Wade, Beau Johnson, PeeWee Herrington, Jay Herrington and Jacob Herrington.
Honorary bearers are Bryce Ledford, George Odom, Herman Herrington and Joe L. Roberts.
Family visitation will be from 5 to 7 this evening at Alexander Funeral Home of Ringling.
Condolences may be shared online at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.