J.W. Porter, son of the late James William and Gladys Edna Meeker Porter, was born in Lake City, Ark. on January 10, 1930, and died Monday, July 21, 2003, at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, at the age of 73. Mr. Porter was a resident of Portageville and was a former resident of Dexter and Bernie. He was a 20 year Veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a retired jet aircraft mechanic. On September 15, 1958, he was married to Gladys Doris Stewart. She preceded him in death on September 7, 1989. In 1991, he was married to Mildred Leonard. Mr. Porter is survived by his wife, Mildred Porter of Portageville; three sons, Mackalee Pratt of Ottawa, Ill., Robert and Paul Pratt of Dexter; seven daughters, Ruby Padgett, Margaret Weisserman, and Peggy Dickerson of Middleburg, Fla., Cynthia Hartley of Bernie, Lynn Sipes and Jessica Voss of Dexter, Sharon Weiss of Philadelphia, Pa.; one brother, Carl Lee Porter of Osceola, Ark.; one sister, Peggy Deforr of Bakersfield, Calif.; 26 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 24, 2003, from 5-8 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, July 25, 2003, at 10:30 a.m. in the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter with Bro. Buddy Heaton of Bloomfield officiating. Interment will follow in the Bernie Cemetery.