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 Earl “Bue” Porter

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Earl “Bue” Porter

Birth
Old River-Winfree, Chambers County, Texas, USA
Death
31 Oct 2015 (aged 91)
Texas, USA
Burial
Dayton, Liberty County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID
154531594 View Source

Earl Porter, 91, of Mont Belvieu, TX, went to meet our Lord on October 31, 2015. Earl was born March 28, 1924, in Winfree, TX to Charlie and Doris Cooper Porter. A lifelong resident of Old River-Winfree and Mont Belvieu, he was a member of First Baptist Church of Mont Belvieu for 62 years. Earl attended Barbers Hill schools, and the day after high school graduation, he joined the military as a member of the U.S. Army Air Force, and was a member of the 47th Bomber Group, 12th Air Force, 86th Bomb Squadron. He served in England, Africa, Italy, France and Corsica. Earl flew as a bombardier/navigator in A-20 and A-26 bombers, flying 132 bombing missions because he was always willing to fill in when another crew was missing a member. This was an amazing feat, since at that time the average crew member flew 50 missions. Multiple times he had to bail out because his planes were shot down. He was once hidden in a French family's cellar, and he travelled at night for over a week to get to friendly territory. Earl received several awards during his service, including the Purple Heart, EAME Campaign medal with 7 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct medal, and many others. After being wounded, Earl never missed any time during his service to his country. He served as Fire Chief of the Barbers Hill Volunteer Fire Department, several terms as a city councilman, was the third Mayor of Mont Belvieu, and served several terms as Chambers County Commissioner. Earl was instrumental in helping create the incorporation of the City of Mont Belvieu, the Veterans Memorial Park, the Barbers Hill Homecoming & Scholarship Association, and the Barbers Hill Sports Hall of Honor. He and his wife gave many hours of community service, providing barbeques, fish fries, ice cream suppers, and other events, too numerous to count, to benefit community and school organizations. In honor of his many years of selfless community service, the City of Mont Belvieu appropriately renamed the street to “Earl Porter Drive,” where he and wife Marian lived for over 50 years. He also received the honor of being named the West Chambers County Person of the Year. Earl was a 33rd degree Master Mason belonging to the Old River Masonic Lodge #1442.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Earnest Porter; sister, Evylee Green; and dear friend, Everette Soileau. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Marian Payne Porter; three children, Robbie Forehand, Rodney Porter & wife Carol, and Morgan Porter & wife Patti; five grandchildren, Lance Fogtman, Kaci Clark-Porter, Jake Porter, Jennifer Gardener, and Clay Porter; eight great-grandchildren, Hallye Eppley, Drew Fogtman, Julia Gardner, Mitch Gardner, Matthew Lowry, Michael Lowry, Reese Gardner and Paige Gardner; sister Erma Adams & husband Terry; brother Earcel Porter and wife Tince; and numerous nieces and nephews. Earl will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Earl Porter, 91, of Mont Belvieu, TX, went to meet our Lord on October 31, 2015. Earl was born March 28, 1924, in Winfree, TX to Charlie and Doris Cooper Porter. A lifelong resident of Old River-Winfree and Mont Belvieu, he was a member of First Baptist Church of Mont Belvieu for 62 years. Earl attended Barbers Hill schools, and the day after high school graduation, he joined the military as a member of the U.S. Army Air Force, and was a member of the 47th Bomber Group, 12th Air Force, 86th Bomb Squadron. He served in England, Africa, Italy, France and Corsica. Earl flew as a bombardier/navigator in A-20 and A-26 bombers, flying 132 bombing missions because he was always willing to fill in when another crew was missing a member. This was an amazing feat, since at that time the average crew member flew 50 missions. Multiple times he had to bail out because his planes were shot down. He was once hidden in a French family's cellar, and he travelled at night for over a week to get to friendly territory. Earl received several awards during his service, including the Purple Heart, EAME Campaign medal with 7 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct medal, and many others. After being wounded, Earl never missed any time during his service to his country. He served as Fire Chief of the Barbers Hill Volunteer Fire Department, several terms as a city councilman, was the third Mayor of Mont Belvieu, and served several terms as Chambers County Commissioner. Earl was instrumental in helping create the incorporation of the City of Mont Belvieu, the Veterans Memorial Park, the Barbers Hill Homecoming & Scholarship Association, and the Barbers Hill Sports Hall of Honor. He and his wife gave many hours of community service, providing barbeques, fish fries, ice cream suppers, and other events, too numerous to count, to benefit community and school organizations. In honor of his many years of selfless community service, the City of Mont Belvieu appropriately renamed the street to “Earl Porter Drive,” where he and wife Marian lived for over 50 years. He also received the honor of being named the West Chambers County Person of the Year. Earl was a 33rd degree Master Mason belonging to the Old River Masonic Lodge #1442.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Earnest Porter; sister, Evylee Green; and dear friend, Everette Soileau. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Marian Payne Porter; three children, Robbie Forehand, Rodney Porter & wife Carol, and Morgan Porter & wife Patti; five grandchildren, Lance Fogtman, Kaci Clark-Porter, Jake Porter, Jennifer Gardener, and Clay Porter; eight great-grandchildren, Hallye Eppley, Drew Fogtman, Julia Gardner, Mitch Gardner, Matthew Lowry, Michael Lowry, Reese Gardner and Paige Gardner; sister Erma Adams & husband Terry; brother Earcel Porter and wife Tince; and numerous nieces and nephews. Earl will be missed by all who knew and loved him.


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  • Created by: Tommy Dunman
  • Added: 2 Nov 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 154531594
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/154531594/earl-porter: accessed ), memorial page for Earl “Bue” Porter (28 Mar 1924–31 Oct 2015), Find a Grave Memorial ID 154531594, citing Magnolia Park Cemetery, Dayton, Liberty County, Texas, USA; Maintained by Tommy Dunman (contributor 47659911) .