Memorial services for Billy Don Porter are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Lloyd James Funeral Home, 1011 E. First St., in Tyler. Visitation will precede the services from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Billy passed away following a lengthy illness on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Whitehouse. He was born on July 31, 1928, in Henderson to Eddy Dwight Sr. and Hattie Young Porter. He graduated from Tyler High School in 1947 where he played varsity football. Following graduation, he continued playing football at Tyler Junior College and The University of Texas
at Austin. He excelled as a punter. Billy enlisted and served in the Marines. On May 6, 1955, he married Joyce Maxine Driver of Overton. For many years, he was a familiar figure serving as an official at local sports activities. He retired from the United States Postal Service in 1986. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Carl Alvin, Ralph William, John Dwight and Eddy Dwight Jr.; sisters, Frances Louise Alston, Bonnie Lee Porter and LaNelle "Mickey" Gunn.
He is survived by sons, Randal Lee, of Overton, and Perry Don, of Tyler; daughter, Patti Lynn Topliff, of Whitehouse; brother, Roy Frank Porter, of Littleton, Colo.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.