Dearl Porter, age 85, of Wellston, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2012, at the Four Winds Nursing Facility. He was born February 9, 1927 in Londonderry, Ohio, the son of the late Jess Porter and Nancy Pennington Porter Hicks. Dearl retired from the Columbus and Southern Electric Company with several years of service. He was a member of the Glenroy Community Church.
Dearl is survived by his children, Sandy Porter Hargis (George) of Pace, Fla., Bob Porter (Kathy) of Ashville, N.C., Bill Porter (Cindy) of New Marshfield, Mike Porter (Connie) of West Virginia and Christine Norris (Raymond) of Jackson; daughters-in-law, Rita Porter Spencer of Athens and Sharon Porter McClelland of Athens; step-children, Lola Jones Lagedrost (Don) of Wellston, Carol Jones Williams (Kenneth) of Belpre, Kenny Jones (Coleen) of Wellston, Randy Jones (Karen Halvorsen) of Wellston, Connie Jones Coy of Wellston and Cindy Jones (Eric Case) of Wellston; step-brothers, Ernie Porter and Andy Porter, both of Columbus, as well as 19 grandchildren, 16 step-grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Desdy Porter; his first wife, Virginia Sands Porter; his second wife, Alta Mae Jones Porter; son, Phillip Porter; two grandsons, Patrick and Jason Norris; sisters, Pauline Elliott and Beatrice Rightinger and brothers, Claude, Gene and Jess Porter. Calling hours will be Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the McWilliams Funeral Home in Wellston. Funeral services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at the McWilliams Funeral Home with Pastor Don Kincaid and Pastor Tim Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Riggs Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.mcwilliams-funeralhome.com.