Vernon Marcus Porter
Vernon Marcus Porter, 86, of Utopia died on March 20, 2014, in Kerrville. He was born in Utopia on Jan. 12, 1928, to Veonita Porter and James Verl Porter. He married Charlsie Mae Walker on June 8, 1950, in Utopia. Porter graduated from Utopia High School and went on to graduate from Texas A&I University in Kingsville. He taught vocational agriculture for 11 years in Medina and Uvalde. Then he moved back to Utopia to operate the family ranch while teaching and coaching for 19 years in the Utopia School. He was active in many local organizations, most notably his 38 years of service to the Bandera County Soil and Water Conservation District for which he was recognized in 2010 as Lifetime Honorary Director. The family said that Porter was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and educator. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, J.E. Porter and Lester Ray Porter; one sister, Ida Fay White; and one son, Jerry Lynn Porter. He is survived by his wife of 63 years; one son, Bob Porter and wife, Kerry, of Utopia; three daughters, Kathy Campbell of Utopia, Jeanie Minton and husband, Shreves, of Utopia and Lori McGuffin of Kerrville; 10 grandchildren, Brent Porter and wife, Stephanie, Walker Porter, Marcy Herndon and husband, Bryan, RJ Jones, Ryon Jones and wife, Laura, Royce Jones, Misty Zrzavy and husband, Clint, Kristina Rhodes and husband, James, Kade McGuffin and Michaela McGuffin; and 12 great-grandchildren, Wyatt Porter, Katharine Porter, Trace Herndon, Brady Herndon, Ashton Jones, Eli Jones, Brendan McBee, Zayne Zrzavy, Brett Zrzavy, Dustin Rhodes, Macee Rhodes and Morgan Rhodes. Funeral services were held on March 23 at Utopia United Methodist Church with the Rev. Chuck Crane officiating.
Pallbearers were Brent Porter, Walker Porter, RJ Jones, Ryan Jones, Royce Jones and Kade McGuffin. Honorary pallbearers were his numerous friends and former students. The family requests memorials be made to Utopia EMS, 462 Sycamore, Utopia, TX 78884; Utopia United Methodist Church, 571 Cypress St., Utopia, TX 78884; Utopia ISD, 258 School St., Utopia, TX 78884; or the charity of one’s choice.
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