Porter Barron

December 4, 1942November 4, 2018

COLUMBIA - Porter Gable Barron died on November 4, 2018. He was a son of the late Dr. William Townsend and Eve Gable Barron, born December 4, 1942. Mr. Barron is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lynn (Smith) and their son, Porter, Jr. and his wife, Shannon and her daughter, Mila. Mr. Barron also is survived by his brother, W.T. Barron, Jr., his wife Virginia and their children, Will Barron, Mark Barron and Christine Barron Seixas. Mr. Barron graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in English and a Ph.D. in English Literature. After serving as secretary and then chairman of the South Carolina Committee for the Humanities, he taught English at Erskine College. Later, he farmed at Wateree, in lower Richland County, with his brother, and retired in 2010 after many years of managing family property in Louisiana. Mr. Barron felt fortunate to have many loyal friends who sustained him during his long and unflinching struggle with juvenile diabetes, which eventually afflicted him with blindness and other infirmities. Those who met him often remarked on his resigned determination, genteel manners or hollow leg. He is and will be missed dearly. A graveside service will take place at Elmwood Cemetery Friday, November 9, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Following, family and friends are invited to the Barron’s house, 1525 Wyndham Road, for a reception. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Palmetto Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at JDRF, 1122 Lady Street, Suite 640, Columbia, SC 29201, Memories may be shared at


  • Graveside Service Friday, November 9, 2018

Porter Barron

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Bob Wolpert

November 8, 2018

“Take time to work, it is the price of success.
Take time to think, it is the source of power.
Take time to play, it is the secret of perpetual youth.
Take time to read, it is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to be friendly, it is the road to happiness.
Take time to dream, it is hitching your wagon to a star.
Take time to love and be loved, it is the privilege of the gods.
Take time to look around, it is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to laugh, it is the music of the soul.”
- Old English Prayer, Author Unknown

Porter Barron took time.

He took time to say hello, please, and thank you. He took time to give people a compliment or congratulate them on something wonderful that had happened to them. He took time to laugh and to make others laugh. He took time to make people feel better.

"The gift of life is a thing of transient beauty - a thing of mystery - and above all else a miracle - it is a thing of beauty because of the soul - a mystery because it stretches between the invisible yesterday and the unknown tomorrow - a miracle because it is a composite of countless other lives." - Winston O. Abbott

In our contemporary world, the threads of human life are so interwoven that no single contact is trivial. Each person we encounter on this adventure called life becomes part of our being. Porter’s love, spirit, and delight made an indelible impression. I am truly thankful for Porter and his family being part of my journey.

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." - From a headstone in Ireland

Perhaps the stars are openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.

Linda Powell

November 7, 2018

We have many fond memories of Porter, Lynn and Porter, Jr. from our short time as their next door neighbors in Columbia. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you at this sad time.

Linda, Jim and Will Powell

Wendy Grisham

November 7, 2018

I have the most lovely memories of this gentleman. He was the absolute epitome of that word. I always admired how he loved Aunt Lynne, so unashamedly and so fully. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Wx