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Earthman Baytown Funeral Home

3919 Garth Road, Baytown, TX

OBITUARY

Dorothy Elaine (Hardison) Porter

July 7, 1937July 25, 2020
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Dorothy Hardison Porter, 83, of Houston, passed peacefully July 25, 2020. A life-long Texan born in Nacogdoches, she grew up in Baytown, graduated Robert E. Lee High School 1955, and attended Lee College working for Humble Oil Refinery. She married the love of her life W. Travis Porter, Jr. 1958. She worked in School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, for Bechtel in Galveston, Brown & Root in Houston, and then Cooper Industries as corporate administrative assistant until retirement. Involved in charity through her neighborhood sorority, Dorothy remained active in church choir. She was an extraordinary wife, mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. All who knew her will long remember her inspiring mirth and warmhearted tenderness. She was preceded in death by her husband Travis; parents Harvey and Mildred Hardison; and brother, Harold Hardison. Survivors: Sister, Pat Hardison Hutto (Jim), Arlington; daughters, Cheryl Porter Whipple, Houston, Pamela Porter O’Rourke (Mike), Ardmore, OK; grandchildren, Sara Whipple, John Thomas Whipple, Michelle O’Rourke Wilburn (Matt Lucas), Patrick O’Rourke (Krystle Nomie); great-grandchildren, Brooke Robinson, Emily Wilburn, Elias O’Rourke; niece Christi Hutto Brennan (Jeff), children: Bradley, Rebecca Jane, Wyatt; nephew Todd Hutto (Margaret), children: Seth, Drew; brother-in-law, Dr. J. Winston Porter (Linda), children: Annis, Karen; brother-in-law, Dr. R. Wayne Porter (Debra), children: Jill, Laura and many cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either Houston First United Methodist Church Woodard Fund, 120 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002, where she was a member for decades, or Cedar Bayou Grace United Methodist Church, On Higher Ground Building Fund in memory of the Harvey Hardison Family.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Michael O'Rourke, Active Pallbearer
  • Patrick O'Rourke, Active Pallbearer
  • Jepp Busch, Active Pallbearer
  • Jim Hutto, Active Pallbearer
  • Butch Hardison, Active Pallbearer
  • Andy Newton, Active Pallbearer
  • Dr. J. Winston Porter, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dr. R. Wayne Porter, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Todd Hutto, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

  • Entombment

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

Memories

Dorothy Elaine (Hardison) Porter

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JANET HALL

August 11, 2020

I have so many fond memories of Dorothy, her sister Pat and the Hardison family during our years together at Cedar Bayou UMC.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. The Tribute Video was beautiful.
Blessings,
Janet Hunt Hall

Myra Marsh

July 29, 2020

We began our Cooper careers together in August of 1967 and never had a dull day at the office. For many years, DP was my favorite travel companion as we visited Cooper's far flung plants to make arrangements for future Board meetings. She was full of energy and laughter and a total joy to know. We loved Travis as well. They were a wonderful couple and very proud parents of Pam and Cheryl. We were all blessed to have had Dorothy in our lives.

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