Obituary of Robert Lee Porter
March 24, 1932 – January 12, 2020
On Sunday, January 12, 2020, Robert Lee Porter, a loving husband and father of five children, made his transition at the age of 87.
Robert Porter was born on March 24, 1932, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Willie Porter and Annie Reynolds, who proceeded him in death. He attended Avondale elementary school and graduated from Parker high school in 1950. Robert was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953 and served until 1955 and served in the Korean War. He then served in the reserves from 1955 to 1961 where he received an honorable discharge. During his 8 years of service, he climbed to corporal status, where he was responsible for individual training, the personal appearance and the cleanliness of soldiers.
His most significant duty assignment was with the 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, which was attached to the 82nd Airborne Division in North Carolina. He was a parachute qualified soldier and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal for service during the Korean War.
Robert later attended Cleary University in Ypsilanti Michigan where he met the love of his life Argeline Forbes, whom he stayed married to for 62 years until his death. He worked for General Motors/ Detroit Diesel for 21 years until a medical disability forced him into retirement.
Robert and Argeline were joined in marriage on August 31, 1957. They joined “Holy Family” catholic church and later Mother Porter joined the “International Gospel Center”. Through their union, five children were born, Robert Junior “Poochie” Porter, Michael Porter, Debra Porter, Cheryl (Preston) Wilson, and Sandra (Ricardo) Patterson.
He is survived by his loving wife Argeline Porter and his younger brother, Johnny “Mutt” Reynolds. He leaves to cherish his memories five children, six grandchildren – Aleah “Le Le”, Anthony, Melvin, Ricardo II “Cody”, Paige, and Jalen; 4 great grandchildren; and 1 great, great grandchild. He is preceded in death by his siblings – James Porter, Roscoe Porter, Lewis Porter, Walter “Plu” Reynolds, Carrie “Cookie” Reynolds.
Donations are appreciated to The Glaucoma Research Foundation