Van C. Porter Jr.

February 25, 1928January 1, 2019

Van C Porter was born on February 25, 1928 and passed away on January 1, 2019.

Van C Porter was born in Paducah, Texas to his Mother Bunia Vesta Davidson and his Father Vandever Clarence Porter Sr. He attended Paducah High School, and following graduation, enlisted in the U.S Army.

Throughout his life, Van worked for many years in the construction business, as well as for the Tom Thumb Pharmacy. He retired at the age of 83. Van was also a Deacon and longtime member of the Primitive Baptist Church of Dallas.

Van C Porter is preceded in death by his first wife Earlene Porter, his Daughters Mary “Sherlene” Dean and Vannah Hull, his grandsons Blake Dean and Steven Bivens, and his Brothers Luther Porter and Dewey “Sam” Porter, his granddaughter Brandy Michelle Chamness.

Van is survived by his Wife, Andrea Porter of Dallas, Texas, his Daughters, Debbie Byers of Garland, Texas and Linda Brundidge of Sachse, Texas, and his Step-Daughter Kristen Harrison of Richardson, Texas, as well as many Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, and Great-Great-Grandchildren.

Services for Van Porter will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 with a viewing beginning at 9:00 a.m. with a service to follow at 10:00 a.m. at First Primitive Baptist Church 1920 Gross Rd. Dallas, TX 75228. The burial will be take place Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Steve Kinnard, John Chase, Webb Crocker, Drew Crocker, and David Kirkpatrick. Honorary Pallbearers will be JT Chase, Caleb Crocker, Eric Mallow, Bruce Mallow, Ronnie Mallow, Austin Kirkpatrick, and Ron Johnson. The Funeral Service will be officiated by Minister Elder Clifford Gowens, and Minister Elder Mark Rowell.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to First Primitive Baptist Church.


  • Steve Kinnard
  • John Chase
  • Webb Crocker
  • Drew Crocker
  • David Kirkpatrick
  • Ronnie Mallow, Honorary
  • Eric Mallow, Honorary
  • Bruce Mallow, Honorary
  • JT Chase, Honorary
  • Caleb Crocker, Honorary
  • Austin Kirkpatrick , Honorary
  • Ron Johnson , Honorary


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Van C. Porter Jr.

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January 8, 2019

Dear Mrs. Porter,

I know that words are inadequate at a time like this but I wanted you to know how very sorry I am for your loss. The loss of a spouse is a tragic event and I know the pain and suffering you are experiencing.

It is times like this that our faith is put to the test. We know that we must accept his passing and give thanks for the wonderful life he lived. As sad as it will be, you will always have the memory of him to hold in your heart.

The Bible reminds us that "Blessed are those that mourn for they shall be comforted." I pray that this will be especially true for you as you mourn your loss.

I pray that God will give you the strength to see you through this sad and difficult time. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and all your family.

In Faith & Sympathy,

Tina Compton

Debra Jolly

January 4, 2019

PaPa (Joe) Porter was very special to me and the Bivens Family. Joe lived a long and victorious life according to his Faith and no doubt abundant rewards await him in Heaven. He and Earlene's four girls were like part of our family. Most especially Linda Porter Brundidge and our late brother's children and theirs. We will always be grateful to OUR LORD for bringing the Porter Family into our lives. It is my understanding Papa Joe did not suffer, another gift of grace from CHRIST. Joe is wrapped in HIS SAVIOR'S arms in the loving company of his beloved first wife and mother of his children Earlene, daughters Vannah Jo, Sherlene, grand children Stephen, Brandi, and infant Blake. We look forward to the Glorious Day when we shall all meet again. Until then rest in peace Sweet Man, the Bivens Family

Vanese (Porter) Spier

January 2, 2019

My Uncle Joe has always been a support, a friend and a loving Uncle. I will miss his wonderful laugh. He has been an inspiration and a delight in my life. Prayers for family as we say good bye to Joe and keep him in our heart forever.