James Merrill Porter Jr., “JP,” "Jimmie,” Vietnam veteran, retired crane operator from Bayer CropScience and lifelong resident of Woodbine peacefully passed away on May 26, 2018, at Laconte Medical Center in Sevierville, Tenn., while on vacation with his wife and children.

He was born in Woodbine on Aug. 26, 1947.

James is survived by his wife, Marion “Patty” Porter; his three children, James and Helen Porter, Colby Porter and Steve Miller, and Brian and Angela Porter O’Neal; his six grandchildren, Carol and Barry Brown, Antoine and Jessica “Becca” Armstrong, John and Chanda Morton, Brenton and Myra Carter, Ryan “Spencer” and Ashley Porter, and Angel O’Neal; his 15 great-grandchildren with three more soon to be great-grands; his brother, Johnny and Barbara Griffin; sister, Jane and Eldron Woolard; and brother, Leonard and Phyllis Porter.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Merrill Porter Sr., and mother, Margaret "Wright" Porter.

Jimmy was a hardworking, loving, loyal, funny, friendly and compassionate man with many wise words. He was a great listener and gave wonderful advice. He was a dedicated husband, daddy, pepa, uncle and friend! He loved all people, especially his family! He never met a stranger and has touched many of lives and all of who knew him. He was the rock and foundation to his family. His love overflowed and will always endure forever.

JP was a man of many hobbies whether it was operating, working on cars, small engines, welding, electrician and so much more! There was nothing he couldn't do! He had a passion for Ford and NASCAR; he had many race cars in his younger days and has spent many of nights working on them! He was a man of many jokes and tricks! He loved to make people laugh and loved to sing and dance! He did not mind telling you the truth, even if it hurt.

His inspiring presence and love will deeply be missed by all who had the privilege to have known him. He leaves behind a legacy!

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home in Folkston. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Colesburg-Thompkins Cemetery in Woodbine.

Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardfh.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home in Folkston.

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