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Charles Ray Porter

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Charles Ray Porter Charles Ray Porter of Austin died at midnight January 7, 2013. He was born on January 14, 1930 in Crockett, Texas to parents James Henry and Regina Merle Porter. Charles attended school in Crockett until January, 1942 when the family moved to Austin. He graduated from Austin High in 1947 and the University of Texas in 1954. Charles retired from the State Board of Insurance in 1987 after 31 years of service primarily in the actuarial division. While attending UT, he worked at HEB where he met and married fellow employee Ruby Sakewitz. They were married September 10, 1950 and celebrated 59 years of marriage before Ruby's death in 2009. They were members of First English Lutheran Church for more than 50 years. Charles was an avid fan of the Longhorns and attended football, baseball and basketball games spanning eight decades beginning in the 40's as a teenager until 2012. He loved to build and was an accomplished carpenter. He loved the challenge of fixing things. He especially loved to build things for his grandchildren. Charles is preceded in death by his beloved wife Ruby and by his parents and brother, Davy. He is survived by his sons Charles Ray Porter, Jr. and wife Connie and Terry Porter and wife Merrily, all of Austin. He is also survived by his grandchildren Charles Ray Porter, III (Chuck), David Finnegan Porter, and Mary Margaret Brollier (Clay), all of Houston, Mary Kate Rice (John), Cypress, Caroline Sanders Porter, Denver, CO, and Madeline Rose Porter, Austin, and by his step-grandsons Jake and Nick Williams of Austin. Charles is also survived by his sister, Peggy Whetzel of Tyler and his sister-in-law, Joyce Porter of Georgetown, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday, the 11th of January, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, at First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis Avenue, with Michael Coffey officiating. Memorials are requested to First English Lutheran Church. Condolences may be sent to www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com


Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 10, 2013
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