PORTAGEVILLE - J.W. Porter, 73, formerly of Dexter and Bernie, died July 21, 2003, at the John J. Pershing Veterans Administration Medical Center in Poplar Bluff.
Born Jan. 10, 1930, in Lake City, Ark., son of the late James William and Gladys Edna Meeker Porter, he was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and a retired jet aircraft mechanic.
On Sept. 15, 1958, he married Gladys Doris Stewart who preceded him in death on Sept. 7, 1989.
He and Mildred Leonard were married in 1991 and she survives of the home.
Other survivors include: three sons, Mackalee Pratt of Ottawa, Ill., and Robert Pratt and Paul Pratt of Dexter; seven daughters, Ruby Padgett, Margaret Weisserman and Peggy Dickerson of Middleburg, Fla., Cynthia Hartley of Bernie, Lynn Sipes and Jessica Voss of Dexter and Sharon Weiss of Philadelphia, Pa.; several stepchildren; one brother, Carl Lee Porter of Osceola, Ark.; one sister, Peggy Deforr of Bakersfield, Calif.; and 26 grandchildren, several stepgrandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, several stepgreat-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Dexter, where services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday. Buddy Heaton of Bloomfield will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Bernie Cemetery.