Prolific and widely published journalist and author Billy Porterfield, who helped put Texas on the map as a literary destination, died Sunday after a long illness. He was 81.
Published by Austin American-Statesman on Jul. 1, 2014.
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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
I seldom missed watching the KERA news hour program. Billy was a large part of a sterling cast of journalists. In my memory they were the first local group who dared question activities of our cities leaders. They did not toss all marshmallows and Billy was not afraid to make a County Commissioner squirm. He is sorely missed and needed.
April 19, 2021
June 19, 2017
Enjoyed his column in Austin American Statesman back in the day when that publication was more amenable to his kind of regional insights and knowledge. Always thought that I would get around to reading his books. Have not yet but maybe I will. My condolences to his family. Que vaya con Dios!
July 18, 2014
I remember watching billy many nights on kera as a child, I am fortunate my father exposed me to his mindfulness, I will miss his writing Sara bartos
July 5, 2014
I met Billy when he was the Dobie Paisano Fellow.I was the closest neighbor to the Dobie Ranch. We had a number of great visits during his stay. I remember one time when the Barton Creek flooded and he and his wife were marooned at the ranch house for almost a day. A great guy
July 1, 2014
I will miss his quick wit, his amazing grasp of Texas and world history, and his fine writing! A reporter of the "old school" who will be sorely missed!