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H.B. Porter – January 22, 2013


H.B. Porter, 91, of Dumas, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2013.
Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel in Dumas.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.
Bob Porter was born Sept. 15, 1921, in Cisco, to Reese and Keron Porter.  He graduated from Electra High School in 1938.
Bob Porter served in the Army Air Corps, 305th Airdome Squadron, in the Pacific during World War II.  He saw significant action, particularly at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines.  Later, he was in the first group of U.S. Military personnel to set foot on an interior Japanese island when he helped establish an air-sea rescue station at Kagashima Bay days before the peace treaty was formally signed.
After the war he attended SMU and SMU Law School.  He worked for the Department of the Interior in Amarillo on year then moved to Sunray to start his own law practice in 1953.  In 1954, he patterned the names of the streets in Sunray after those in Lubbock.
In 1955, he moved to the county seat, Dumas.  He continued to practice law in Dumas until 1995.  For 17 years he also served as Municipal Judge.
Bob Porter was a Class A chess player, rated 1410, and a Life Master at bridge many times over.  A lifelong voracious reader, he had a comprehensive understanding of history and archaeology.  He loved classical music.
Widely known as “Judge”, he was respected and considered fair-minded and discreet.  In the last decade of his life he was particularly fond of the Moore County Senior Citizens Center and the people he met there.  He will be missed by the people who knew him best.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Theda; and two wives.
Survivors include a brother, Don Porter; a son, Randy Porter; and his dear friend Shirley Ann Chamberlain.

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