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Bill Porter, age 82

Bill Porter, known to most as Coach Porter, age 82 of Jacksonville, Arkansas went to be with his Savior on August 31, 2021. He was born April 29, 1939 in Paraloma, Arkansas to Tom and Mary Porter.

Bill served in the United States Air Force, was a retired football coach, administrator, and counselor. He loved God and his family more than anything.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; 4 brothers; and 3 sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 61 Years June Porter; daughter Kristi Reddin (Randy); son, Shane Porter (Kristyn); and grandchildren Kinley, Karsyn, Kade, and Karaline Porter, T.J. Littleton, Anthony Reddin, Amanda (Jonathon) McWhirter, Spencer (Mary) Reddin, and Marshall (Anna) Reddin.

Bill’s visitation will be at 10:00am on September 7, 2021 at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville. Funeral service will follow at 11:00am. Burial will be at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.

Family is requesting in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Adult and Teen Challenge of Arkansas at www.atcar.org/donate/

Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400

23 Comments

  • Tracey Rhodes Posted August 31, 2021 7:42 PM

    Ioved Coach Porter , he was a great man . God shone through him in the Southside hallways. RIP ❤️🙏

  • Rev. Clayton Delong Posted August 31, 2021 7:55 PM

    Bill was my Assisant Principal when I was at South Side Junior High School and he came to our Church, Bill was a great friend and will be missed

  • George Buchanan Posted August 31, 2021 8:37 PM

    Loved by all

  • Lisa Voyles Posted August 31, 2021 8:52 PM

    RIP Coach. You made such a life long impact on us kids that you taught and coached. We all have such good memories of you and will always keep
    You in our hearts ♥️

  • Betty Fuller Ruocco Posted August 31, 2021 10:29 PM

    I remember Coach Porter’s great personality…always positive and friendly. My condolences to his family and friends.

  • Ken Lacewell Posted September 1, 2021 1:28 AM

    Bill was a great man, one of the nicest I have know. He will be missed by all that knew him. My condolences to his extended family!!

  • Jim and Vickie Kennedy Posted September 1, 2021 9:57 AM

    Remembering the family in prayer.

  • Kay Phillips Posted September 1, 2021 11:54 AM

    Condolences to the family. Coach Porter was always positive and friendly and a great example of a teacher.

  • Carrie Butler Posted September 1, 2021 12:17 PM

    Coach Porter was a good coach, mentor, teacher, and an exceptional man. I think back fondly of him during the first years of Southside JHS. He may be gone, but he lives on in every person who had the privilege of knowing him.

  • Jo Downs Posted September 1, 2021 4:10 PM

    Miss June and Family, I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Bill’s passing. Not only was he a wonderful friend to my parents, Tommy & Blanche Arthur, he too was my Assistant Principal at South Side Junior High. What a wonderful person who lead by example and respected all! Deepest sympathies to you all! Jo (Arthur-Thieleman) Downs

  • Jo Arthur And Ellen F Arthur Posted September 1, 2021 4:17 PM

    We are so sad to hear of Mr. Bill’s passing! Our hearts are heavy and sorrow filled, but remember him as a wonderful man; especially to those in need. He was there for our parents just before our Dad passed… so caring and full of compassion! Mr. Bill will be missed! Prayers lifted to God that He will hold Miss June and their family in his arms during this difficult time!

  • Chuck Chidester Posted September 1, 2021 4:27 PM

    Bill was an awesome coach and wonderful family friend. I got to know him as an adult through my father. They were good friends and also shared their love for airplanes together. Bill also led the Memorial Service for my Father ( at Dad’s request) and will always have a deeply special place in my heart and soul. Rest In Peace Bill. You have made a huge impact in many people’s lives.

  • Carolyn Edmondson Posted September 1, 2021 4:42 PM

    The kids always loved coach Porter.. I’m so sorry June

  • Debra Garrett Rieathbaum Posted September 1, 2021 8:05 PM

    Coach Porter was always such a good role model! He truly cared about the students he encountered. Prayers for his family. Rest easy, Coach.

  • Paul a. Stricklin Posted September 1, 2021 9:53 PM

    Bill was in my Sunday School class at First Assembly of God Church in no. Little Rock, Ar. He was always a friendly and jolly person to talk with.. Bill Loved the Lord with all his heart. He never missed a service at the church unless he was sick.. We will all miss Bill in the Challenger Sunday School class. . Bill enjoy Heaven.

  • Carol Eden Posted September 2, 2021 8:34 PM

    Prayers from your former neighbors Kent and Carol.

  • Terry Norwood Posted September 3, 2021 8:45 AM

    Bill was smart but humble, fun to be with, caring to others and enjoyed talking about our Lord and savior. He met with a few of us for breakfast nearly every week. Heaven is surely proud to have Bill there. I will miss Bill very much. So sorry for your loss June; and family.

  • SHIRLEY AND JAY SMITH Posted September 3, 2021 5:21 PM

    IJUNE,MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU , SHANE AND KRISTI. MAY GOD WRAP HIS LOVING ARMS AROUND YOU.HE WAS AN OUTSTANDING PERSON AND A LOVING FAMILY MAN. MAY HE REST IN PEACE
    .

  • Don and Faye Russell Posted September 3, 2021 7:33 PM

    I will miss those times when Bill would share his wisdom and goodness with me and others in our Connections class at FirstNLR Assembly of God. Our condolences and prayers to June and all the family. May God’s peace comfort you all.

  • Mark and Rose Brooke Posted September 4, 2021 3:58 PM

    Coach Porter was a wonderful man who loved God, his family and others. I will never forget how generous and faithful Coach Porter was to God and family. I remember the load he took on at McArthur Church when it was small and needed direction. Prayers are with the entire Porter family.

  • Connie Green Posted September 6, 2021 9:25 PM

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will miss visiting with Coach on Sunday mornings at church. He always had a smile and was such a positive person.

  • JENNY CUNDIFF Posted September 7, 2021 9:09 AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with June and the family during the difficult time of losing someone so dear. I know Bill was dearly loved, and I’m so thankful to know He is out of pain and suffering and with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A donation has been made to Teen Challenge, as requested.

  • Kristina Jones Piro Posted September 11, 2021 1:20 PM

    The best school counselor I ever had the honor to know. Mr. Porter was a kind listener and gentle advisor. I recall my days at Southside Junior High with fondness because of faculty like him. Prayers for the family and may our Heavenly Father bring peace and comfort to those closest to him.

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