Leonard Thomas "Tom" Porter
Leonard Thomas "Tom" Porter, 86 of Morgantown, Kentucky, entered into rest Monday, July 9, 2012, at the Morgantown Care and Rehab Center in Morgantown, Kentucky. Tom was born July 29, 1925, in Eden, Kentucky to the late Clark Thomas and Mable Johnson Porter. He joined the Navy and proudly served his country during World War II aboard the USS Pasadena (CL- 65). Tom was present for the formal surrender of the Japanese in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. After returning from the war, Tom went to work in his father's blacksmith shop. He married Dorothy Embry on May 3, 1951. Tom and Dorothy had four children Robert "Ben", Anita Marguerite, Stanley Lynn and Dorothy "Lynnette". The Porters moved to Louisville where Tom spent 30 years working for General Electric and serving as Deacon at Brookview Baptist Church. Upon retiring, he returned home to Eden and began restoration work on the abandoned Walnut Grove Church. After its restoration, Tom served as Deacon for many years. Tom was a member of Banock Masonic Lodge #824 F&AM, Order of the Eastern Star #531. At the time of his death, he was a member of Barnetts Lick Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Porter; one sister, Aleta Conner and son in-law, Jack Dann.
Leonard Thomas "Tom" Porter is survived by his wife of 61 years Dorothy Embry Porter of Morgantown; children Robert "Ben" Porter and wife Cheryl of Morgantown, Anita Dann of Morgantown, Stanley Porter and wife Deisa of Jeffersonville, Indiana and Lynnette Korfhage and husband Mark of Louisville; grandchildren Stephen Howard Porter of Morgantown, Todd Porter and wife Pam of Morgantown, Becky Henderson and husband Kirk of Morgantown, Jessica Barks and husband Brandon of North Carolina, Tommy Porter of Georgia, Chris Porter of Jeffersonville, Indiana, Jared Korfhage and wife Abby of Louisville, and Kristen Korfhage of Louisville; great grandchildren Stephen Thomas Porter, Samuel Porter, Cameron Porter, Brock Henderson, Austyn Barks, Cierra Porter and Melanie Porter; sisters Marie Crump and husband Ray of Morgantown, Bonnie Romans of Morgantown, Marguerite Tuggle of Morgantown, and Joyce Porter Hammers of Morgantown; brothers Mike Porter and wife Cathy of Rochester, and Albert Porter of Morgantown, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at the Jones Funeral Chapel Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 2:00pm with Bro. Raymond Ward, Bro. Todd Porter and Bro. Mack Shults officiating. Burial will be held in the Walnut Grove Cemetery at which time military rites will be conducted by the AM Vets Post 117 of Beaver Dam, Ky. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 11, 2012, from 1:00pm - 8:00pm with Masonic Rites being conducted by Banock Masonic Lodge #824 at 7:00pm on Wednesday at the Jones Funeral Chapel and visitation on Thursday from 8:00am until funeral time at 2:00pm at the Jones Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.jonesfuneralchapel.com.