Charlie Edward Porter
Palmer Marler Funeral Home
Charlie Edward Porter born August 30, 1944, passed away November 1, 2017 in Oklahoma City surrounded by his loved ones. He was 73 yrs. old. Born and raised in Yale, Oklahoma to George E. and Edna M. (Preston) Porter.
He attended & graduated Yale High School. He made a lifelong career in the pipeline/oil industry as a Radiographic Engineer. He was known throughout the industry as extremely knowledgeable and an expert in this field. He began working in the oil field as a teenager putting in a 40 hour work week all while maintaining excellent grades in school. He ended his career retiring at Tinker Air Force Base as an X-Ray Engineer. Many individuals in the industry today owe their livelihoods to the skills and knowledge he imparted to them.
First and foremost Charlie was a father. To his children, he was a hero, a teacher, a moral compass in their lives, and he was determined to lead by example, everything that makes a person good and decent.
Charlie loved being a grandfather, and so appreciated the individual talents, skills, and abilities of each grandchild. He was a kind and patient grandpa. A funny grandpa. A great teacher, but most of all, a loving and accepting grandpa.
He was part of a large loving caring family, and when he lost his older brother Ben to cancer, many years ago, it strengthened the bond with his remaining brothers, Larry and Steve, which lead to each brother creating roles for one another within the family. Charlie became, “The Elder of the Tribe”, Larry became, “Teller of Tall Tales”, leaving Steve, “Touched by the Gods.” The brothers have remained extremely close.
As a man, Charlie was quiet, kind, honest, wise, and strong in his beliefs. He was a sociable man who rarely missed a morning with the “Old men’s coffee club.” He was a loyal and helpful friend. Along with all his other attributes, Charlie will always be remembered for being a great horseman. A true cowboy and gentleman.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Barbara, of the home in Seminole, OK. Son Rusty Porter & wife Leslie of Shawnee. Daughter Gina Cheves & husband George of Seminole Oklahoma. Step-daughter Lisa Fuller & husband Gene of Cromwell, Oklahoma. Step-son Robert Lysher & wife Sue of West Richland, Washington. Grandchildren-Ashley Jones & husband Kyle. Tyler Porter. Rachel Stafford & husband Tyler. Barbara McDaniel. Josie Porter. Step-grandchildren Brendon Nicholas, Nathaniel Leka, and Curtis Lysher. Great-grandchild Kane Jones. Brother Larry Porter & wife Brenda of Weatherford, Texas and brother Steve Porter & wife Susie of Cushing, Oklahoma as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Services are Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Yale, Oklahoma at 10:00 a.m. Graveside services to follow at Lawson Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, November 6, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. family will greet visitors from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Palmer Marler Funeral Home in Cushing, Oklahoma.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guestbook at www.palmermarlerfh.com.