Irvin Miles Porter

Published 12:23 pm Saturday, November 17, 2018

FRANKLIN — Irvin Miles Porter, 92, was called home by his Lord and Savior as he passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, after a short hospitalization and brief stay at East Pavilion.

Irvin Miles Porter

Mr. Porter was a native of Southampton County and a resident of Franklin for 70 years. He was a son of the late Fenton A. Porter and Susie Miles Porter Davis Coleman. He was also predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Willie Lowe Porter; five brothers, Thomas H. Porter, Benjamin R. Porter, Leslie F. Porter Sr., David Thomas Porter and Robert L. Davis; and three sisters, Doris P. Kitchen, Frances P. Babb and Shirley P. Drake.

Mr. Porter attended Southampton County Public Schools and completed coursework with the National School of Forestry and Conservation, Wolf Springs Forest, Minong, Wisconsin.

A World War II Navy veteran, he served aboard the destroyer escort USS Lowe and the submarine chaser USS PC-1263.

He was a longtime member of Franklin Baptist Church and the Bruner Bible Class.

After a nearly 20-year career in the Woodlands Division of Camp Manufacturing Company, Mr. Porter founded Porter’s Wood Products Inc. in 1966, guiding it to become a leading manufacturer of industrial wooden shipping pallets and skids. He was also highly respected as an outstanding timber appraiser and consulting forester, continuing to practice his craft well into his retirement years.

A lifelong outdoorsman, Mr. Porter was recognized as an accomplished waterfowler and fisherman extraordinaire.

His honesty, integrity and friendship were highly valued by all who knew him.

Left to cherish his memory are two sons, Max Barkley Porter (Barbette) of Courtland, and Clay Douglas Porter (Tammy) of Franklin; one brother, Raymond C. Davis Sr. (Peggy) of Courtland; five grandchildren, Quinton McDowell Porter (Samantha Turner) of Capron, Calvert Miles Porter of Courtland, Jessica Ann Porter, Brynner Irvin Porter and Camden Lowe Porter of Franklin; one great-granddaughter, Riley Mackenzie Porter; and a host of nieces and nephews.

The graveside service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, in Poplar Spring Cemetery with the Rev. Steve Bradshaw officiating.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home, and suggests that memorial donations be made to the Franklin Habitat for Humanity or a favorite charity.

The family would like to thank Mr. Porter’s caregivers: Angelia, Larisha, Pamela, Juanita, Vera, Gwen and the staffs at The Village at Woods Edge, the entire Southampton Memorial Hospital complex, and his doctors and nurses for their thoughtful care of our father as his health recently declined.