Julian Leslie Porter, 93, passed away into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Lebanon United Methodist Church, 768 Calvary Church Road, Neeses. Visitation will take place in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service. Pastor Nicholas Perez will officiate the service.
The grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Mr. Porter was born on August 7, 1927. He graduated from Norway High School in 1945 and almost immediately moved into military service for our great country serving in two tours: World War II from 1945 – 1947, then serving again in the Korean War from 1951 – 1953. He was Honorably Discharged from the regular Army with the rank of Sargeant. While he was not one to speak often of his service, when he did, it was with great pride as he often said, “It was just what I was supposed to do”. He worked for Champion International (formerly US Plywood) in Orangeburg for more than 33 years prior to retirement in 1985. He was a faithful member of Lebanon United Methodist Church for decades and considered all within the church as “family”. During his working years on into his retirement years he enjoyed working on his family farm and was known to have a green thumb as he could cast various seeds into the most unusual places and bring them to a harvest. One of his greatest loves was fishing on the Edisto River or just about any other body of water with his fishing buddy, “Uncle Colie”. In his later years he enjoyed riding around the countryside “just visiting” or sitting under his carport watching the weather patterns while enjoying the breeze or catching a good western on TV. He had so many names of endearment that he answered too: Julian, Dad, PaPa, Pops, Jook, Granddaddy and he reveled in them all.
Mr. Porter was the son of the late Lola F. Porter and John I. Porter. Survivors include his wife of nearly 65 years, Elaine B. Porter of the home; children, Judy Hildebrand (Bill) of Bolentown, Jim Porter of the Middle Willow Community, and Rusty Porter (Kim) of the Middle Willow Community; grandchildren Chris Kinsey (reared in the home), Tres Hildebrand, Les Porter, Jennifer Fields, Joey Porter, Matt Porter, Michael Porter, Wesley Porter, Jared Porter, and Grace Porter; and numerous great and great-great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Minnie P. Williams, and his brothers, Ronald Porter, and Rhett Porter.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lebanon United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 367 - Norway, SC 29113 .
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