In Memory of
William Joe Porter "Bill"

William (Bill) Joe Porter

June 4 1932 – March 27 2020


Our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Bill Porter went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on March 27, 2020.   Mourning and remembering him are Helen, his beloved wife of 66 years and his children – Brenda Yount and husband Alex, Cindy Davis and husband Steve, Lisa Porter, Joe Porter and wife Shawn; grandchildren Rob Casey and wife Julie, Jacob Porter and wife Stephanie, Caitlin Jeffery and husband Ben, Austin Yount and wife Morgan, Harrison Yount, Haden Rhoades, Grayson Rhoades; and great-grandchildren Wil, Ella, Emmaline and Sophia.  He is also greatly missed by brothers-in-law Samuel McWhorter, Gary McWhorter, sister-in-law Bobbie McWhorter and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.


Bill, affectionately dubbed “Buzz” in his early childhood, was born in Dumas, Arkansas to Jesse Andrew Porter and Verda Ophelia Breedlove Porter and moved to Houston at a young age with his parents and brothers.  At 17, he met his One And Only, Helen McWhorter and they were married four years later while Bill served during the Korean conflict at Keesler Air Force base in Biloxi, Mississippi. Bill and Helen returned to Houston after his service in the Air Force, where they settled and reared their four children.


Bill's love for God was evident in all facets of his life.  His days began with morning coffee before the sun came up, studying the words he loved and applying them to his day.  He knew the Scriptures intimately and relied on them for guidance, strength and wisdom.  Bill wanted other people to know the Christ  he loved, and lived his life every day with compassion, forgiveness and humility. 


After the births of his four children and while working at Westinghouse and The Edwards Company in Houston, Bill put himself through the University of Houston where he attended school at night.

While working full time, Bill made the Dean's List every semester.  After he received his degree in Economics, Bill took a position at American Alarm Company where he quickly became a partner.  Bill was responsible for the design and engineering standards of the array of products the company sold and installed in hospitals, nursing homes and hotels throughout southeast Texas.  The clients of American Alarm Company relied on Bill for his brilliant mind, standards of excellence, and devotion to always “doing the right thing.”  Bill was unwavering in serving the needs of his clients. Even more important to Bill was his leadership and friendship to the employees of the company, who hold him in the highest regard and remember him with love.  Bill retired from American Alarm Company at age 73.


Bill's love for Helen, his sweetheart and partner in life, was palpable.  His faithfulness and devotion, not just in the obvious things but in the small, sweet details were part of Bill without thought or effort.  He delighted in his wife, his children and his grandchildren.  Every day of his life was committed to loving, protecting and serving them.  Bill spent every possible moment taking his family on summer trips to Colorado, weekend getaways to lakes and rivers in Central Texas, enjoying music and working together in the yard.  He loved music and Bill's home was filled with it – he instilled the great enjoyment of music in all of his children.  Bill loved to dance, learned to snow ski when he was 60 years old and always looked forward to good times around the table, sharing food and laughter with family and friends.


There was no problem Bill could not solve; nothing he could not build; no project too complicated for him to navigate.  He developed an extensive workshop over the course of his life with every conceivable tool and piece of hardware – all meticulously organized.  Many a child and grandchild spent hours with him there, working on Pinewood Derby cars, school projects and hobbies, all with Bill's expert assistance.  Bill's patience, tenderness and availability to every child has shaped their lives in the most positive ways.


An avid reader and writer, Bill sought information about every possible subject and could speak intelligently about any topic.  Over the course of his life, he penned some of the most beautiful and eloquent words to his beloved family members and friends in his striking handwriting, words that will be kept and cherished forever.


Everyone who knew Bill relied on his wise counsel and reaffirming love.  This counsel was dispensed only when sought by the many people who counted on Bill – he shunned attention and reserved his applause for others, not for himself.  The unusual combination of  being exceptional while never attempting to prove it was a quality so appealingly rare that we struggle to put it into words.  Everyone else was more important to Bill than he was to himself.  There was no one who didn't matter.  He was the very best husband, father, grandfather, neighbor and friend.  His love for Christ was the basis of who he was as he lived a life of grace, love, service, forgiveness and kindness.  He leaves shoes that no one will ever fill and we were all so thoroughly and remarkably loved that we will never stop missing him.


We do not mourn his passing; we mourn our loss, that he is no longer here with us.  Our lives are grayer and less sweet without him here.  The measure of a life is simple . . . is the world a better place because we were in it?  For Bill Porter, the answer is an unequivocal 'yes'.


Bill and Helen are members of Spring Branch Community Church and Bridgepoint Bible Church where they have attended since 1985.  Bill's faithfulness in supporting and serving other church members and ministries with his knowledgeable, genuine care is forever carried in the hearts of those friends.


Bill's family thanks Silvia Villalpando and the hospice nurses who selflessly served Bill in the final months of his life.  We are humbled by your kindness and love.


 A private burial will be held at Houston National Cemetery.  A Memorial Service is pending and this information will be updated.


“Blessed is the man whose delight is in the Lord.  He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season.”  Psalm 1:1-3


“ . . . absent from the body, face to face with the Lord.”  2 Corinthians 5:8













Message from
Margaret Walters and Jean Walker
Thu, 04/02/2020

We send our sincerest condolence. Your Dad was a faithful servant to Christ and we admire his service to God and to his family. He has left a desirable legacy and I'm sure your loving memories of him will provide comfort to your hearts. May he rest in peace.

Message from
Scot and Robin Ullrich
Fri, 04/03/2020

We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was such a faithful servant at Spring Branch Community Church and Bridge Point Bible Church! And he was such an encouragement to us! He will be missed by so many!
Scot and Robin Ullrich

Message from
Todd Janke
Fri, 04/24/2020

Mr. Porter was one of the finest men that I ever had the honor of knowing. He always expressed his love for God, his wife, and his family. He was the ultimate example of what a gentleman should be. Thanks for sharing him with me. May God Bless and comfort the Porter family.