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Earl L. Porter, 98

March 10, 2011
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JAN. 28, 1913-MARCH 6, 2011

Earl Leroy Porter, 98 years old, was born at home in Eckert Mines, Md., on Jan. 28, 1913, and departed this life on March 6, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ella Barry Porter; two brothers, James and Joseph Porter; two sisters, Loretta (Aldie) Alderton and Thelma (Bill) Phillips; and his wife of 52 years, Anna Flanigan Porter.

He is survived by his five children, Earl John (Mary) Porter of Frederick, Michael Barry (Bertie) of Arlington, Texas, James Garry (Bonnie) Porter of Grand Bay, Ala., Gayle Mary Remenick and Rita Ann (Marty) Johnson of Hedgesville, W.Va.; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and special friends Mary Baer and Goldie Sturtz.

Mr. Porter served in the U.S. Navy during World War II surviving a kamikaze attack, and a sinking ship during a typhoon. Afterward, he served as commander of the Mount Savage, Md., VFW, and he was chairman for the March of Dimes.

He moved his family to Greenbelt, Md., where he spent many years working as co-owner/operator of Lane's Auto Electric Shop in College Park, Md. He was a hardworking man who had a strong work ethic. Upon retiring, he and Anna moved to Frostburg, Md.; he later moved to Somerford House in Hagerstown, Md.

He was a respected member of society and leaves a legacy of love, integrity, patriotism, humor and faith. He is much loved by his family and all who knew him, and he will be sadly missed.

Earl donated his body to science. A memorial service for Mr. Porter will be held at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, 109 W. Main St., Hedgesville, W.Va., Saturday, March 19, at 1 p.m.

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