Otis Clark Porter © The Guthrie News Leader Tuesday, December 2, 2003 Submitted by: Bob Chada
Otis Clark Porter was born January 2, 1902, the sixth of twelve children to John Franklin and Lillie Mae Porter. He was born in a sod house in Oklahoma Territory two miles north of Covington.
He graduated from Central High School in Oklahoma City and Central State College in Edmond. After graduation he formed a partnership with his father, owning a grocery store on South Robinson in Oklahoma City. There he met his wife, Bonnie Jennings. On July 4, 1922, a justice of the peace joined them in a marriage lasting 37 years until her death, October 8, 1959. Together they were born into the Church of God where he spent almost eighty years studying teaching, preaching and living a life devoted to God. He took great joy in teaching the book of Revelations and charts, which he cherished.
In early years O. C. delivered oil field equipment with horses and telegrams by bicycle, baked cookies at Itens Biscuit Company, and taught in a one room school house, having been issued a lifetime teaching certificate.
He enjoyed many years farming and raising sheep and registered Hereford cattle. He appreciated music and poetry, often singing his favorite songs and reciting many well-known poems. He had an exceptional memory, which he kept right up to the last.
They had four children; sons, Clark "Junior," Gene, Carrol and daughter, Anecia.
In November 1960, O. C. married Lottie Joiner. They were married 38 years until she passed away in 1998.
O. C. was preceded in death by all of his brothers and sisters, Charles Porter, Roy Porter, Franklin Porter, Anna Maud Ard, Pauline Arismendez, Minnie Hunt, Mary Weeks Crews, Lucille Grinter, Grace Ventris Jennings, Amelia Porter and John Porter; two wives, Bonnie Jennings Porter and Littie Joiner Porter; two sons, Clark and Gene; two daughters-in-law, Dorothy Porter and Francis Deforth; and one grandson, Lyndon.
O. C. leaves behind one son, Carrol Porter and wife Carol; one daughter, Anecia Wall and husband Jim; one step-son, Howell Joiner and wife Bea; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 4, at the Church of God Chapel with Brother Stanley Dickson officiating. Burial will follow in Summit View Cemetery, directed by Smith Funeral Home. The casket will not be opened at any time.
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