Wilson — Funeral Services for Mrs. Margaret Ann (Bates) Porter, 76, of Wilson, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at Alexander Funeral Home Chapel of Wilson with the Rev. Jim McGaughy officiating. Interment will follow at the Bomar Point Cemetery of Wilson.
Margaret was born on Feb. 28, 1941 at Sanger, Texas to the late Mr. Paul Bates and Mrs. Una Oleta (Taylor) Bates. She departed this life on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 at her home in Wilson.
Margaret was raised in the Wilson area, attending school at Post Oak. She married Mr. Earl Dean Barnes, and to this union they were blessed with three children, Tony, Leta and Tim. Margaret was employed for Wilson Public Schools as a bus driver and custodian for over 20 years. Margaret loved being part of all the children’s day.
Later in life, she married Byron Porter and he preceded her in death in 1977. Margaret had a passion for gardening and caring for her grandchildren. She was also a caregiver for numerous families of Wilson and always had open arms to anyone in need. Margaret was a member of the Wilson Assembly of God Church.
Preceding her in death were her parents; son, Tony Barnes; grandson, Chad Barnes; sister, Paulette Whitlock; and brothers, Eddie Bates and Scotty Bates.
Survivors include a daughter, Leta Skaggs, and son, Tim Barnes, both of Wilson; granddaughters, Kylie Skaggs and Hallie Barnes; grandsons, Jetty Barnes, Rusty Fielding and Jake Fielding; great-grandchildren, Megan, Ryland, Emma, River, Brooklyn and Kason; great-great-grandchildren, Rebel and Rage and one other on the way; and numerous other family and friends.
Casket bearers are Jetty Barnes, Jake Fielding, Rusty Fielding, Justin Barnes, J.J. Barnes, Randy Barnes and Todd Barnes.
Honorary bearers will be nieces, nephews and cousins.
A very special thank you to Shirley Richards for her kind-felt care and extended love and compassion; the family could not have endured her sickness without you.
Also, a thank you to Cross Timbers Hospice for their support.
Family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at Alexander Funeral Home of Wilson.
Condolences may be sent online at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.