Porter Bliss Thompson

October 23, 1934April 10, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Porter Thompson announce his passing on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the age of 84, after a brief illness.

Porter will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 65 years, Betty, and his children, Mike (Angie), Valerie (John) Spainhower. Porter will also be fondly remembered by his seven grandchildren, Lillian, Maggie, Brianna, Jesse, Lindsay, Oliver and Lucy and by his brothers, Jerry (Judy) Thompson and Tommy (Jennifer) Battles.

Porter was born on October 23, 1934 in Branford, Connecticut. He was the son of Thomas and Janet Battles. In 1951, at the age of 17, he joined the United States Marine Corps. He served his time during the Korean War. After leaving active duty he went on to Wake Forest College and graduated with a degree in accounting. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and graduate study at Boston University. He was a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and the North Carolina Institute of CPA’s for more than forty years.

He started his career at Peat, Marwick Mitchell & Co. In 1965 he joined Blue Bell Inc. as an accountant. Through the years he served the company as Financial controller of Canadian Operations, Financial controller of European Operations, President of European Operations, Vice President International and as a member of the board. He lived over fourteen years in Belgium while working for Blue Bell. After retiring from Blue Bell Inc., he was involved in several small business ventures and was the Chairman of Secure Designs Inc. in Greensboro.

He was President of the Children’s Home Society Foundation for 7 years and served as treasurer of the Children’s Home Society for 10 years. His involvement with the board of the Children’s Home Society Foundation spanned over 30 years. He served on the board of visitors of the Wake Forest Undergraduate School of Business and on the board of the Deacon Club. He was a member of Greensboro Kiwanis, the Greensboro Investment Club and served on the board of the North Carolina Railroad. He was also a longtime member of the Sedgefield Hunt and served as Honorary Secretary/treasurer.

Porter spent a great deal of time traveling for both pleasure and work. He visited most of the world’s countries during his travels. He loved Wake Forest sports and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He participated in many African Safaris and received more than 50 hunting awards as member of the Safari Club International.

Porter accomplished everything he set out to do in life. He lived a life full of adventure, family and love. He left this world with no regrets.

A funeral service for Porter will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 108 W. Farriss Ave, High Point, NC 27262. Those who desire may make memorial donations in memory of Porter to the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, PO Box 14608 Greensboro, NC 27415.

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Kit Lippert

April 18, 2019

Betty. I’m sorry to hear of Porter’s death. He was very nice to me when I joined Sedgefield Hunt and informed me of the rules. I’ll never forget the time he fell off his horse and had a concussion. He tried to get back on my horse who was 8 inches shorter and a completely different color. Porter wanted to keep riding that day. We insisted that his day of hunting was done

Iain Lyon

April 17, 2019

Porter was my mentor and boss at Blue Bell but more importantly he was a dear friend.
We worked together in Belgium and it was always fun to travel with him and i have so many memories.
Port and Betty were so kind to me especially when i was a bachelor in Brussels and often had me to stay.
My success in business was due to the opportunities Porter gave me and the wise leadership .
I miss him a really fine human being.

Stephan Migden

April 16, 2019

Dear Betty.
I was sad to learn by Michèle the departure of Porter. I remember very well the week I have spent with you in 1994 when Michèle was near you.
Please accept my sincere condolences. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.


Phil Kirk

April 14, 2019

I have known and loved Porter Thompson for the past decade, thanks to an invitation from Don Brady for me to join Porter, Ed Bodoh, and him on their annual major league baseball spring training trip to the Tampa/Ft. Myers area. We had wonderful times at the baseball games, Tampa Downs (horse racing), watching NCAA basketball games, and discussing/solving all the challenges facing our country. Porter always exhibited a quick and unique wit, along with love of family and God. We were with Porter in Tampa a month ago when the heat got to us but most severely affected Porter. Needless to say, I already feel a real void in my life due to Porter's temporarily leaving his family and so many loyal friends. I remember a big hug I received from Porter at a political reception shortly after my wife was so appreciated and needed! My prayers are with Porter's family whom he loved dearly.