Porter Gable Barron COLUMBIA - Porter Gable Barron died on November 4, 2018. He was a son of the late Dr. William Townsend and Eve Gable Barron, born December 4, 1942. Mr. Barron is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lynn (Smith) and their son, Porter, Jr. and his wife, Shannon and her daughter, Mila. Mr. Barron also is survived by his brother, W.T. Barron, Jr., his wife Virginia and their children, Will Barron, Mark Barron and Christine Barron Seixas. Mr. Barron graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in English and a Ph.D. in English Literature. After serving as secretary and then chairman of the South Carolina Committee for the Humanities, he taught English at Erskine College. Later, he farmed at Wateree, in lower Richland County, with his brother, and retired in 2010 after many years of managing family property in Louisiana. Mr. Barron felt fortunate to have many loyal friends who sustained him during his long and unflinching struggle with juvenile diabetes, which eventually afflicted him with blindness and other infirmities. Those who met him often remarked on his resigned determination, genteel manners or hollow leg. He is and will be missed dearly. A graveside service will take place at Elmwood Cemetery Friday, November 9, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Following, family and friends are invited to the Barron's house, 1525 Wyndham Road, for a reception. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Palmetto Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at JDRF, 1122 Lady Street, Suite 640, Columbia, SC 29201, www.jdrf.org/donate. Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
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Published in The State on Nov. 7, 2018.