A visitation will be held 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 14, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Platte City; followed by a 2:00 p.m. funeral service, at the church. Interment with military honors will follow at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Weston. The family suggests contributions be given to the NorthCare Hospice House.
Neil was born February 14, 1934 in Pecos, TX to John Robert and Della Roberta (Bradford) Porter.
He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
Neil married Mary Ellen Barker on February 12, 1955 in Pecos, TX.
He lived in Alaska and Texas during his military service, afterwards moving to Missouri during the summer of 1966. At this time, Neil attended the Midwstern Baptist Theological Seminary of K.C., MO; and served as minister for the Tracy (MO) Baptist Church, and the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church of Weston. Neil taught English at Plattsburg, High School for 20 years; and after attending the Missouri Barber’s College in Independence, MO, he was a barber in Weston and Plattsburg. Neil enjoyed taking an active role in his community, serving as an assistant scoutmaster for Troop #248 in Platte City, and he enjoyed woodworking in his spare time.
Neil was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter Katy Cook.
He is survived by: his wife Mary Ellen of the home; 3 sons Mark Porter, and wife Ann of Lees Summit, MO, Brad Porter, and wife Mary of Bonne Terre, MO, and Clay Porter, and wife Debbie of Riverside, MO; 2 daughters Leah Pease, and husband Bob of K.C., MO, and Elisabeth Putman, and husband Danny of Butler, MO; 3 brothers Ted Marsh Porter, and wife Grace of Sunnyvale, TX, David Porter, and wife Kelly of El Paso, TX, and Bernard Porter of Amarillo, TX; 1 sister Roberta Hartness, and husband Sam of Mesquite, TX; 21 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.
Arrangements By: Rollins Funeral Home—Ph. 816-858-2129.
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