Ross Howard Porter

September 1, 1936March 25, 2021

Ross Howard Porter, age 84 of Powderly TX passed away peacefully on March 25, 2021. He was born on September 1, 1936 in Chattanooga, Oklahoma, the son of Mae and Harry Porter. Ross married Sammie Blackshear on March 27, 1956. They were married for 64 years.

Ross proudly served and was Honorably discharged from the United States Army. Family and friends will remember him as a loving father and friend. Ross loved his family and always said “I have a pasture full of grandkids”, he was a great grandfather, and a great-great grandfather. He enjoyed being a truck driver, camping, fishing, hunting, and being with family and friends. His greatest time was being on the lake with family running trout lines and having fish fry’s.

Ross is survived by his wife, Sammie; son Keith and wife Jeanne; son Brad and wife Sara; daughter Sharon and husband Joe; grandchildren; Corey, Crystal, Keith Ross, Tiffany, Aubrey, Camden, Kisha, Holly, Casey, A.J., Cheryl, Many great grandchildren and many great- great grandchildren. Siblings; Martha Brown, Jody Barber and husband Joe, Anita Hems, Minnie Porter; many nieces and nephews.

Ross was preceded in death by his mother and father Mae and Harry Porter. Brothers and sisters: Ruth Reeves and husband Melton, Dean Bayliffe and husband Ike, Robert Porter and wife Billie, Jack Porter, Richard Porter, Edger Brown, Ray Hems, Zenobia (Tooter) Parsons and husband Neal; and granddaughter in-law Darla Porter.

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Tony Rogers

April 7, 2021

It really hurt me to hear of Ross' passing. While Ross wasn't my blood family, I did think of him as family. I couldn't have wished for a better neighbor or friend. He will truly be missed and I'll miss our talks and making something to take over for him to eat. I know Sammie will miss him dearly and life will be a little darker without Ross. I know he will be missed and while I will miss my neighbor, I will miss my friend even more.

Tony Rogers

Brenda Holmes

April 6, 2021

The loss of those we love is something we never want to encounter. When my phone rang around 10 p.m. on March 25th, my heart sank. I knew instantly that the news was not going to be what I wanted to hear. "We lost Pa", were the words on the other end of the line. This couldn't be; I just knew "Mr. Porter", "Pa", "Ross", "Spanky", would pull through as he had done so many times before.
God knew Spanky was getting tired and had fought a long hard battle; it was time to take him home for a rest. Family and friends are going to miss Spanky terribly, but have hope to see him again someday.
"Thank You Spanky", for always making me feel welcome in the Porter family. You were a terrific father-in-law, and I was blessed to have you in my life. I will miss talking with you on the phone and visiting with you when I travel through Powderly.

Casey Calhoun

April 5, 2021

I have so many good memories with Paw, I can honestly say I don’t have any bad memories of him.
As everyone knows Paws favorite place in the world was at the lake with Nanny and anyone else that wanted to come and that’s where some of my most favorite memories with Paw were.
One I will never forget was one day we were headed to the lake with the camper, Nanny was already there, and just as we got on the long dirt road going to the camp Paw stopped and got out, come around to the passenger side and slide me over to the driver seat and said drive ....
I was so nervous but Paw wasn’t so I took off.
When l pulled in the gate at the camp I thought Nanny was going to have a heart attack and Paw was just laughing.
I Was 9 Years old and had never driven anything other than a tractor before that day !!!!
Paw has always been a man to look up to , he has been and always will be my Hero !!!!
I Love You and Will Miss You So Much

Mark Green

April 1, 2021

I sure am going to miss that fellow. Did not get to see him much lately, but the phone calls are precious memories. I believe I will see him again through our love in Jesus Christ. Melinda and I will truly miss you Spanky.