Joseph Porter

June 05, 1928 - December 30, 2008 

Joseph Porter

June 05, 1928 - December 30, 2008 

Obituary for Joseph Porter

Joseph E. “Joe” Porter - 1928-2008
Joe Porter of Ashland died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
He was born June 5, 1928, in Webbville, Ky., a son of the late Loy B. and Eliza J. Sparks Porter.
He retired from Second National Bank as vice president after 32 years of service. He owned his own realty company for more than 20 years, which he operated until last year.
Joe was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Ashland, where he was the head chairman of trustees and past president and treasurer of Methodist men and finance chairman. He was a member of Poage Lodge 325 of Ashland, a 32nd degree Mason for more than 50 years, Scottish Rite of Covington and El Hasa Shrine. He was very active in the Ashland Lions Club, having served as past president and lieutenant governor, and received the highest award given to a Lion, the Melvin Jones Award. He was a Korean War veteran, a 50-year member of American Legion Post 76, past president of the Ashland Board of Realtors, past president of group 9-Kentucky Bankers Association, past president of Demolay, served on the board of the Senior Center in Ashland and the Salvation Army and was a Kentucky colonel. Joe also belonged to the Sandy Creek Golf Association and was a member of the best ball club.
He was preceded in death by his son, Stephen Porter, and a brother, Elmo B. Porter.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo Hughes Porter; a son, David Porter of Ashland; a daughter and son-in-law, Jo Ellen and Reginald Lyle of Orlando, Fla.; a niece, Deanna Arrington of Ashland; a great-niece, Gretchen VanHoose; a great-great-niece, Breanna VanHoose; and several special nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews who affectionately knew him as Papaw Joe.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at Christ United Methodist Church by the Rev. William Moore and the Rev. Gary Arrington. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Steen Funeral Home-13th Street Chapel in Ashland.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gay Price, Charles “Chuck” Simmons, Zane Meek, Willis A. Parsons and Gary Arrington.
Friends may make contributions to Community Hospice or Christ United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be sent to www.steenfuneralhomes.com.
Poage Lodge 325 will have a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Military graveside rites will be by American Legion Post 76 of Kenova, W.Va.

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