Charles Ray Porter, age 56, of May, Texas, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007, at his home.

Graveside memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, at Pleasant Valley Cemetery with Ricky McKelvain officiating.

Charles Ray Porter was born Sept. 6, 1951, in Jackson, Miss., the son of the late Melton Alvis and Maezel Hammonds Porter. He was raised in Texas since he was 5 years old. He attended and graduated from Weatherford High School. Charles married Dorothy Kishbaugh in San Saba at the marriage ceremony oak tree on Oct. 12, 1998, they moved to Lake Brownwood from San Saba a little over a year ago. Porter worked in the oil fields and was a heavy equipment operator. He loved to fish, was a history buff, played chess, went hunting, and he wrote poetry and short stories. Brother Tom Henderson baptized Charles in Hillcrest Baptist Church on Jan. 11, 1991, in Temple, Texas.

His parents and a brother, Wayne Porter, preceded him in death.

Survivors include wife Dorothy Porter of May, Texas; daughters, Ruby Napier and husband Darrell of Abilene, Charly Shockly and husband Brian of Waco, Jamie Porter of Temple; sons, John Porter and wife Renda of Dallas, Randy Porter of Japan and Ira Porter of Temple; brothers, John, and Larry Porter of Killeen, Jack Porter of Whitney and Kenneth Porter of Hamilton; sisters, Brenda Hawkins of Odessa and Linda Smith of Plano.

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